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Scarf Project Finale- The Documentary Edit

17-07-2014
     
 
We are coming to the end of our beautiful scarf making adventure... As you may recall, we asked artists Gao Yu, Hang Chunhun, Huang Ying, Liu Kun and Xu Hualing to explore the origins of some traditional Chinese cultural heritages including Longquan celadon, Anhui Xuan paper, shadow play, woodblock printing and Nanjing brocade. To create their scarves, the five artists visited the birthplaces of each artistic heritage and later mixed it with contemporary lifestyles and traditions. The result: five different interpretations of traditional folk culture with one thing in common - a certain youthfulness. This is the spirit of MCM today, perfect balance between tradition and contemporary lifestyle.

To celebrate this truly wonderful project, we created a documentary highlighting the five techniques used by our five artists. Even after extensively covering the project I was enthralled by the video which offers a unique insight into the creative process and different traditional crafts involved in the making of our limited edition scarves. I am happy to share the short documentary with you today...




In case you missed the previous posts, here is a quick recap...


hangchunhui

Drawing inspirations from the production process of Xuan paper, artist Hang Chunhui represents key elements in this artistry through fine brushwork - blunt scissors in paper cutting, bamboo curtains and leather aprons worn by the papermaking craftsmen. 


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liukun

Liu Kun used traditional woodblock printing techniques to create a pattern of lucky clouds all over the jade coloured silk scarf. Woodblock printing was developed in East Asia and is an antique method used to print text, images or patterns on textiles (and later on paper). The earliest examples of this technique used on cloth date to before 220. It remained the most common East Asian method of printing books, texts and images until the 19th century. 


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xuhualing

Xu Hualing used traditional Nanjing Brocade technique to create the beautiful pattern you can see on the scarf.Produced with millions of woven wires, Nanjing Brocade is renowned for its complicated manufacturing process and exquisite hand-embroidery skills.



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huangying

As a female artist, Huang Ying portrays more emotion in her works, looking to the colours and lights of traditional Beijing shadow shows for a playful influence. The head shapes of shadow shows are her favourite inspirations. 


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gaoyu

The skull images he uses embody the craftmens’ peak in producing the monochrome glaze porcelain during the Song Dynasty, over thousands of years ago. The porcelain is described as being “green as jade, clear as a mirror, thin as paper, with a sound like chimes”.



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                Traduction - Notre documentaire sur les carres de soie en edition limitee crees par cinq artistes.


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