The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute and Japanese mall conglomerate Shin Kong Mitsukoshi have teamed up to hold a three-city art tour featuring this year's top craft winners and innovators.
"The Dream of Craft” tour series comprise of four sections —winners of the 2014 National Crafts Exhibition, designers selected by the Taiwan Design Center, the 2013 recipient of the Crafts Achievement Awards, and honorees of the Taiwan Good Craft "C-Mark” competition.
The first group will offer both traditional and innovative crafts; the second group will focus on lifestyle and design products that are commercially available; the third section will present a retrospective of a masterful career; and the last segment will showcase the top works for functionality, aesthetics, and quality.
Of all the talented artisansand design workshops to be featured in this exhibition, one in particular warrants specially mention — Li Jung-lieh (李榮烈), the recipient of the top craft honor in Taiwan for the year 2013.
Li, 78, is revered for his skills in bamboo weaving, carpentry, and lacquer arts. In addition to his role in mentoring younger generations, he has also shared his knowledge and personal joy in crafts through several publications. The transformation of the humble bamboo stripto understated elegance through his nimble hands can be witnessed in the upcoming crafts exhibition tour.