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Japanese Eggshell Lacquerware Workshop

Led by Bic Tieu
March 3, 2018

Experience the process of Japanese lacquerware design firsthand and learn about the craft of lacquer and eggshell inlay in this workshop led by Bic Tieu. You will work with eggshell and lacquer to overlay a pendant form and create a pattern with these materials. The workshop will give you insight into this traditional craft and a better understanding of the surface language of lacquerware while using natural materials specific to Japan.

The workshop will be led by designer Bic Tieu, whose work in jewellery and object combines traditional maki-e techniques within a western conception of jewellery. Formally trained at the world-famous Kitamura Koubou Studios in Wajima, Japan, Bic’s practice has an intrinsically material focus and commitment to the possibilities of lacquer in contemporary practice.

Presented as part of Sydney Design Festival and Art Month Sydney.

Allergy warning: participants will be exposed to duck eggshells and Japanese lacquer containing rhus succedaneum. While safety protocols will be in place, please be aware of the exposure if you have an allergy to these materials. 

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Bic Tieu is a Sydney-based designer and maker of jewellery, wearables and small objects. Inspired by Asian aesthetics and sensibilities, she places traditional Japanese lacquer (maki-e) techniques within a western conception of jewellery design.

An Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, Bic is a PhD candidate at ANU, Canberra, and holds a Masters of Design from UNSW. Bic undertook a two-year residency at the world-famous Kitamura Koubou Studios in Wajima, immersing in the rich tradition of Japanese lacquerware to hone her skills through traditional training.

Bic exhibits her within Australia and Asia, and maintains a research practice. Her work has been awarded grants and residency programs including Asialink and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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March 3, 2018 (Saturday)

Please arrive at least 15 mins before the session starts.

This workshop is recommended for ages 14 and over; suitable for beginners and requires no prior experience.

$25* for general admission
$20* for JPF members with discount code**

* These fees will go towards material costs. Additional booking fees apply.
** JPF Members, if you did not receive your discount code via email please contact reception(A) / 02 8239 0055.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

(02) 8239 0055

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