Bamboo craft has historical roots that span cultures and generations throughout Asia, and it has become one of the major themes of Crafts on Peel’s programming and research. The heritage craft carries with it not just the skill sets and techniques of traditional crafts passed down from generations before us, but also the folk wisdom and aesthetic standards that guide contemporary understandings of our cultural heritage.
Crafts on Peel and Yiwooo’s latest initiative enables traditional craft to enter daily life through an experience that unfolds an appreciation and emotional connection between humans and handcrafted items. It allows members of the public to engage with traditional ways of living. The hemp leaf pattern tray is made entirely from uniform bamboo strips that are weaved by hand into a hexagonal and elegantly blooming pattern, and is another means through which Crafts on Peel looks to encourage the transfer of skills and knowledge about material and intangible heritage across generations.
“Engaging with craftsmanship in this era means to discipline one-self. I am willing to put in more effort to change people’s impression of bamboo art as ‘outdated’, and I hope everyone can get to know the craftsmanship within.”
Ting For Chun majored in Architecture and Interior Design at Caritas Bianchi College of Careers and graduated in 2010. He co-founded “thecaveworkshop”, a design studio exploring cultural and environmental topics. His team has partnered with notable organizations and projects including Detour, PMQ and The Art Promotion Office.
Ting came into contact with Takezaiku (a Japanese traditional bamboo craft) on a trip to Kyoto. Ting’s blossoming interest in woodwork and bamboo craft over the years prompted him to establish his bamboo craft brand Yiwooo in 2018. Meaning “twice” in Chinese, the name is inspired by the creation process where bamboo strips have to be woven across at least twice for sturdiness. The brand commits to connecting bamboo crafts with modern city life.