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JOE CARIATI

ABOUT ARTIST Joe Cariati has dedicated over 20 years to the practice of glassblowing. His work is an incomparable synthesis of calculated pragmatism and essential beauty. While Cariati thrives off of repeatable process and predictable results, it is the fact that during any given piece, he can experience elation, frustration, defeat or discovery that drives his creative spirit. THE PROCESS Joe Cariati’s work is entirely “free blown”, a Venetian glassblowing process that utilizes the human hand, not blow molds, to form vessels from start to finish. No part of the process is automated and it cannot be replicated by any machine or mold. From color preparation to gathering to proper amount of material, each work is literally made one by one, using ancient techniques that have...

RINA MENARDI

ABOUT ARTIST Since 1980, Rina Menardi has been developing her research into the field of ceramics, personalizing work techniques, exploring colour schemes, and striving for neatness of shape. Through the work, she has been creating hand-made stoneware pieces, always characterized by simple lines, inspired by nature, and never limited to a single purpose. Accordingly Menardi insists that an object should not impose itself, but rather suggest visual and tactile sensations able to evoke our deepest emotions. THE PROCESS Rina Menardi moulds the clay without ever feeling as a tout-court ceramist. She chooses baked clay because she senses in this material the possibility to express herself through gaining possession of some of nature’s secrets, understanding her laws, respecting her rules and limitations. The ever-personal research she...

DINOSAUR

ABOUT ARTIST Dinosaur Designs is the ultimate Australian design brand. Its signature style is instantly recognizable – an eclectic blend of chunky, tactile shapes, combined with the most brilliant, intuitive sense of colour. Dinosaur Designs has founded its business in 1985 and for over 30 years it has now become a successful manufacturing business that sells a vast range of jewelry and homeware designs to retailers around the world. THE PROCESS All of the collections of Dinosaur Designs start in the sketchbooks. Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen, designers of the company discuss stories and themes first. And then they start to sketch ideas. It sometimes takes 6 months from start to finish, and they move in to production. On average, it is probably about seven...

KANG HEE JUNG

ABOUT ARTIST Kang Hee Jung graduated with both a BFA in Craft Art and a MFA in Wood Painting in Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul. She has had 3 solo exhibitions and her works have been in more than 15 group exhibitions internationally, such as France and China. THE PROCESS She is currently working on making craft objects and up-cycling furniture to be used in everyday life. She discovers materials from our surroundings and is recently interested in bringing back abandoned objects to us. Kang breaks up an outdated object, deriving its value and beauty to re-create it as a brand-new object and a furniture piece suitable for contemporary lifestyle. WORK PHILOSOPHY Kang focuses on Ottchil, which is Korean lacquer art. She finds that...

OH YUMI

ABOUT ARTIST Oh Yumi is a craft artist who makes wooden lacquerware by following the tradition in her own language. After pursuing BA degree in business administration and Chinese language and literature, she decided to learn her father’s skills and continue the tradition. As a daughter of Oh Wang Taek, a renowned artisan of lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, she is inspired by her father’s delicate works and aspires to keep the tradition of handwork. Her works have been exhibited in Korea, China, Taiwan, USA and France. THE PROCESS Everything around Oh Yumi becomes an inspiration: architecture, fashion, nature and the contemporary society where she lives in. She studies forms from architecture, colors from fashion and paintings, and patterns from nature. While utilizing the traditional technique...

CHOI JUNG YOU

ABOUT ARTIST Choi Jung You graduated from department of Man & Wellbeing at Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands and department of Interaction Design at Korea National University of Arts. She designs small objects used in daily lives like tableware, living ware, lightings and chairs. All of her works are handmade and created in small quantity. THE PROCESS Choi works with cloth, wood, earth, and plastic but it is paper that was the most frequently used. ”Paper itself can be the main material of my work, but I also like to use paper to create prototype of any project. Folding, cutting, crumpling, or ripping… Depends on how to treat it, it can convey any feeling: warm or rough, hard or soft. I haven’t found any other...