On my way to find the lost Kamisama…
Atelier Loghouse is an art education project that give children new methods to explore visual arts in unconventional ways. In Laos, children do not have the privilege of learning art. For the first time, we gathered 180 students and together they discovered the joy of mixing colours.
Our students were extremely skilled. Through their behaviour we witness the depth of Lao handmade culture. Most of them would stay until the sun disappeared behind the limestone mountains of Vang Vieng. Some even sat in the dark until they ran out of paint…
Contemporary accessories were also developed during this week. Materials purchased at the morning market in Vientiane were mixed with Hmong embroidery techniques. The results were striking. Colourful, original, and quirky pieces appeared by the end of day. Laughter and happiness could be felt all around.
The products will be commercialised in Japan within the next few months. All proceeds will go to Phoudindaeng Youth Center in order for them to carry out further educational activities for local children and youth.
From a fragile detail to the vastness of the sky above, beauty is about the things we cannot touch.
Beauty is the space in between what we know and what we don’t know.
It is the road that takes us to a new destination and it is the journey within.
It is about the people we encounter and through whom we discover a new way of looking at the world.
Beauty can shape the way we think and even the way we behave in the world.
Beauty is not in a frame. It is not something that can be purchased.
Beauty is about appreciating what we already have.
Beauty is an experience that is lived.
Beauty is to be rediscovered through each one of us.
It is the possibility that is yet to be found.
Things That Matter was a 14-minute presentation on beauty and its importance in society - TEDx Chiang Mai | Watch Video
Some places hold a special meaning in our lives, to me Chiang Mai is one of those places.
Art4D is a leading Thai architecture magazine published 11 times a year (photo courtesy of Jay Lim).
Those intangible things that are called ideas… Where do they come from? How do they form?
How does our surrounding environment condition the way we think and the way we imagine?
Those were some of the questions asked at DUALISMA, the 25th Architectural Forum, at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Photo courtesy of Ng Seksan
This September, I will be speaking at TEDx Chiang Mai about ‘Things That Matter’. A title borrowed from my own fine art thesis written at age 22. The thing that mattered to me most back then and still matters to this day is the search for beauty. This presentation will be a reflection on beauty not as something to look at but as something that is lived and shared…