Japanese Style: Sustaining DesignExhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre until 24th June 2012
|wall mounted samples|
This thought provoking exhibition aims to link tradition and crafts with the latest technology and ecological discoveries. It also shows the value of community craft based projects set up to help local people gain a sense of normality after the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami last year. Rooted in sustainable design there are plenty of beautiful artefacts and architectural ideas on display but it is the main gallery showing the innovative Nuno textiles, under the Artistic Directorship of Reiko Sudo, that is the real delight.
Walking between the long lengths of cleverly draped and suspended fabrics you can see the detail of the designs and how they respond to the human form. Information panels on the wall provide samples to touch and scrutinize and try and understand how they have been constructed. Unusual materials are combined, printed on, recycled, sculpted and layered, creating exciting tactile surfaces. The fabrics are not all new, some date back to the 1990's but they remain fresh and a true source of inspiration.
Gallery two concentrates on traditional crafts showing ceramics, paper, baskets, metal and wooden items that are both functional and beautiful and made to the highest standards. Take time to watch the papermaking video!
In gallery three is the Hale's personal collection of traditional ceramics from The Tohoku region.
We always look forward to the exhibitions at Ruthin; an enjoyable day out with a good cafe for lunch and an interesting shop selling high quality craft pieces by national artists. There are a few books and back catalogues as well as cards. With three galleries and artists studios there is lots to see and enjoy lovely drive through the Welsh countryside.