This experimental project seeks to re-interpret the world’s largest museum in an experimental manner. Every Wednesday evening I grab my SLR camera as well as my sketchbook and wander around the galleries and hallways of the Louvre. I take pictures, sometimes draw, take notes. I walk to experience the place, to find new meaning for myself and create images to share with others. See the album in progress on Flickr
INDIGO partnered with Romagna Creative District and L’ARTE di INNOVARE for the first exhibit of Mother Tongue.
A selection of submissions from INDIGO’s very own Mother Tongue were displayed for the very first time since the close of the Call for Submissions.
The exhibition was held at the Palazzo Albertini, in Forlì, Italy on 9-10 September 2011 and was open to the general public.
Eastern Weft is a textile workshop based in Vientiane, Laos, founded by Samorn Sanixay and Kaisy Sophabmixay. The textiles are entirely handmade and fuse traditional Lao techniques with contemporary designs. Natural and locally sourced dyes such as indigo, ebony, and marigolds, are used.
The workshop employs weavers from ethnic minorities and helps them achieve sustainable livelihoods through fair wages, education, and creativity. Each of them have distinctive skills and techniques that are reflected in the uniqueness of the products.
Laos has an abundance of traditional textile techniques that are practiced through more than 60 different ethnic groups. Among the more typical ones are ikat, embroidery, applique, batik, and backstrap loom. As handmade textiles, these products combine their slight imperfections with charm and authenticity.
Aside from scarves and fabrics, Eastern Weft boasts a line of children’s clothing called Minorities Kids. The garments are produced from fabric remnants and vintage textiles that include silk, hemp, wool, jute, and cotton.
Kaisy Sophabmixay was born in Hua Phan Province in Northeastern Laos, a region well-known for its weaving, fabrics, and tapestries.
Samorn Sanixay was born in Laos and grew up in Australia. She returned to Laos in 2002 to work as a volunteer English teacher and as a writer for UNICEF. She met Kaisy who had a stall selling antique clothes and fabrics. She later learned traditional weaving under her mentorship. As their friendship developed, they decided to start a weaving cooperative, purchased old looms from a rundown weaving factory, and with little money, together built a boarding house for young weavers.
Images: Eastern Weft
My work was showcased at the INDIGO Mother Tongue Exhibition at Originality 100, an international conference on visual communication design at the National Taiwan University of Arts during the IDA World Design Congress 2011. The exhibition was curated by David Lancashire, and co-organized by ICOGRADA, the Taiwan Graphic Design Association, and Art Charity Taiwan.
About the work:
This dictionary has been present in the family household since my parents moved from Tokyo to Paris in 1979. None of us could speak a word of French back then.
This object quickly became indispensable in everyday life and served as connector between our home where Japanese was spoken, and the outside world where French was omnipresent.
Today, as I look at this dictionary, I am reminded that somewhere along the way, some of my Japanese got lost. But the words that I have forgotten are all in this book to be found again.
I was recently invited to contribute a piece to an HIV/AIDS awareness project for the Centre for the Study of AIDS. The initiative is carried out by my designer friend Jacques Lange and consists of a boxed set of six A6 sized notebooks/mini diaries intended to be a versatile tool for whomever uses and how it is used – either for documenting thoughts, visual diaries, planning, scheduling, noting, recording, etc. The six notebooks/mini diaries will be contained in a black slip cover which will carry the CSA branding and the title “Leading edge” which is the overall theme of the project.
My contribution (pictured above): Cabbages and Condoms is a restaurant in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok that works toward AIDS awareness and prevention. It was set up by the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), one of Thailand’s most established NGOs.
From my purse appear a disorganized bundle of bills (from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam), multiple boarding passes from Air Asia, miscellaneous taxi receipts, and the occasional odd souvenir, such as the green bean cake from Hanoi (pictured above). It’s been 18 days of fun adventure including mishaps (lost taxi drivers, conversational misunderstandings, small injuries), and astonishing sights and experiences (Jakarta traffic jams, over the top ceremonial dinners, governmental meetings, creative encounters, smiles and laughs). Now back in Bangkok, thinking about my 65 interviews, while reflecting on the role of art, culture, and creativity. I am growing very fond of the region, its creative people in particular who are so invested and passionate about what they do (thank you for sharing your stories). I am inspired by the potential though much aware of the many challenges and hurdles that can get in the way. Next stops are Phnom Penh and Chiang Mai…