Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - HARPERS BAZAAR ART -

“Craft” has been a buzz­word for a while now. Along­side it, the idea of artistry, work­man­ship and ar­ti­san­ship—skills that in­volve one mak­ing things by hand; not us­ing a key­board, mouse or sty­lus. It’s not hard to see why. In a world where au­to­ma­tion and mech­a­ni­sa­tion reign, be­ing able to get far away from the com­puter screen and get your hands dirty is a lux­ury in it­self. So is it ironic that we detox dig­i­tally by go­ing back to tra­di­tional crafts? In this is­sue, we travel to Ky­oto, the for­mer capital of Ja­pan, and look at 1,200 years’ worth of Ja­panese crafts along­side high jew­ellery from Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ 120-year his­tory; a tes­ta­ment of Ja­panese and French know-how, tech­nique and ex­per­tise (page 34). We also en­ter the world of Con­stance Spry, the flo­ral designer whose stun­ning, unconventional cre­ations dec­o­rated the homes of English so­ci­ety’s finest in the mid-twen­ti­eth cen­tury—and look at how Steven Meisel (by way of Jonathan Anderson at Loewe) has put her work back in the spot­light through his own lens (page 32).We also visit “Margiela: The Her­mes Years” (page 24): A ret­ro­spec­tive that brings to­gether Martin Margiela’s avant-garde cre­ations from his own la­bel, Mai­son Martin Margiela, along­side his time­less de­signs for Her­mès from 1997 to 2003; it show­cases how his fo­cus on tai­lor­ing and de­con­struc­tion were a per­fect match for a House revered for its crafts­man­ship and her­itage. Fi­nally, we have gath­ered 12 of Sin­ga­pore’s hottest names in art in “The Lo­cal Mo­tion” (page 28), from leg­ends who kick­started the lo­cal art scene to up-and-com­ing artists mak­ing waves across Asia. From Han Sai Por, the Cul­tural Medallion re­cip­i­ent whose stone, gran­ite and mar­ble pieces are dot­ted across the coun­try; to Stephanie Jane Burt, who uses lit­er­a­ture as a spring­board to cre­ate mixed me­dia in­stal­la­tions ex­plor­ing the topic of fem­i­nism; their works span me­dia, styles and dis­ci­plines. These are the peo­ple telling sto­ries through their cho­sen crafts to make an im­pact. Be­cause art to­day is not just about us­ing your hands—it’s about us­ing all the tools, knowl­edge and tech­niques we have on-hand. Past. Present. Fu­ture.

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