Japan Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition
Handcrafted Form: Traditions and Techniques
25th November 2017 – 22nd January 2018, 9am - 4pm, 7 days
Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt
The Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre, is very pleased to announce that the Japan Foundation’s Travelling exhibition – “Handcrafted
Form: Traditions and Techniques” – will take place from 25th November 2017 until 22nd January 2018, at Upper Hutt’s
Expressions Whirinaki, Arts and Entertainment Centre.
This travelling exhibition introduces two different groups of craft objects; works nurtured within and for daily life,
and creative works made in a workshop environment.
The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its
medium, creating works balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. The other works are those crafted in small-scale
regional workshops which persisted through an age of industrialisation, when much of Japan’s craft objects became mass
produced. This gave rise to superior artisans and idiosyncratic artists who influenced each other to create the
well-known depth and quality of Japan’s handcrafted goods.
You can expect to see materials including ceramics, textiles, metal work, lacquer ware, wood, bamboo, paper and many
others. The Embassy of Japan’s website at http://www.nz.emb-japan.go.jp has more information.
The lecturer Mr. Shinya Maezaki, Associate Professor of Kyoto Women’s University, Faculty of Home Economics, Department
of Apparel and Space Design, whose research field is in Aesthetics and History of Art, will hold a special lecture from
4:00pm on Saturday 25th November, giving insights into the Japanese crafts as seen in Handcraft Form: Traditions and
Admission will be free