Bic Tieu learnt lacquer in Japan and has applied her knowledge to create exquisite objects which reflect her journey from Vietnam to Australia.
For a recent exhibition, Bic Tieu has looked to other designers that make objects influence by Japanese techniques and materials. Shifts in Japanese Materiality is an exhibition of contemporary works by experimental Japanese and Australian designers, curated by Tieu at Sydney’s Japan Foundation Gallery, February 2 – March 17, 2018
According to Tieu, “Japan’s artisan world remained largely unchanged for centuries by maintaining a rigid tradition that prescribes materials and creative processes. However, cross-cultural influences and dialogues have given Japan’s object-making culture a new transnational identity in contemporary experimental design.”
Other artists are:
Julie Bartholomew is known for her beautifully executed and meaningful works that combine traditional ceramics with contemporary lifestyles.
Kyoto-born Rui Kikuchi has established an important jewellery practice in Australia using recycled PET bottles. The results have an exquisite delicacy that belies their humble materials.
Kyoko Hashimoto also migrated to Australia. Terra Rings, her jewellery collaboration with Guy Keulemans combine raw and manufactured materials.
Liam Mugavin has been working in Japan recently where he has developed a distinctive technique of flame-finished and lacquered timber, which is now part of Australia House in Tokyo. You can see from this video the collaborative approach he demonstrated in the Jam Factory.
Yusuke Takemura‘s virtuosic glass works manage to make the invisible visible through a deft use of form.