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Reimagining Japanese craft traditions in the modern age – Shinichiro Hashiguchi

26 April — 6:30 pm

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Wednesday 26 April 2017 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre
Chelsea College of Arts
UAL London
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU

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The Japan Society and Chelsea College of Arts (CCA) are delighted to welcome award-winning Osaka-based architect, Shinichiro Hashiguchi, for this special lecture. In it Hashiguchi will be discussing his practice and the ways he has been working with skilled crafts people and their companies to explore new ways to give life to the products they create.

When you visit a museum or art gallery, the chances are that you will see among the exhibits art objects which it would be almost impossible to recreate today. Craft techniques and traditions, refined and perfected over generations, are gradually being lost as lifestyles and consumer demands change. This is true of Japan’s crafts as of those in many other parts of the world. In response to this, Shinichiro Hashiguchi has created a series of tea rooms which use unexpected materials and explore their qualities.

The lecture is part of a wider collaborative project between the Japan Society, Hashiguchi Architect & Associates and Chelsea College of Arts. From 25 April – 6 May 2017, Shinichiro Hashiguchi’s Open Weave Tea Room will be on display on CCA’s Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. This enchanting space is created using fine twisted strings used in making fusuma and which demonstrate the delicate craft of the loom, refined and perfected over the years. Visitors will also be able to view three tea rooms designed and built in response by Chelsea’s BA Interior Spatial Design students.

Related opportunities
We have a limited number of places for volunteers to assist with the construction of the Open Weave Tea Room on 20 & 21 April (Thurs & Fri). If you are interested in being involved, please let us know on events@japansociety.org.uk

A tea ceremony will be conducted on 4 May in the tea room as part of London Craft Week. The 6pm session is fully booked, but a second session will be added soon.

Shinichiro Hashiguchi graduated from Kindai University Graduate School, before studying under Izue Kan. He established Hashiguchi Architect and Associates in 2000. The practice has been recognised for outstanding design by numerous awards including the Good Design Award in 2012 and 2016 and the Design for Asia Award in 2012 and 2015 and 2016 and the AACA Award in 2016. Alongside his creative activities, he is currently a PhD candidate researching washi materials at Kyoto Prefectural University.

Chelsea College of Arts is part of University of the Arts London (UAL), Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk.

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