An exhibition titled "Matière of Life" will be held at the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show from April 26 to 29 to showcase Taiwan's unique craftsmanship in Washington, DC.
The special four-day event will feature lectures, Taiwanese craft demonstrations, and a special exhibition of craft art. The 30 sets of work selected for display will include dining utensils, tea sets, stationary, furniture, and handcrafted accessories.
"Matière of Life" is curated by the National Taiwan Crafts Research and Development Institute, Taiwan’s premiere crafts center that seeks to add value to craft products through interdisciplinary collaboration. Such innovations are then showcased on the international stage under the brand name "Yii."
One iconic piece from the Yii collection is the "Bambool/Barstool," which is constructed using three bamboo tubes which have been split at the top and then woven to form a seat. Such displays of meticulous craftsmanship and elegant design will take the center stage of "Matière of Life."
Twelve events ranging from pottery and bamboo-weaving demonstrations to tea ceremonies will also be held alongside the exhibition.
Smithsonian researchers Paul Michael Taylor, Jared M. Koller, and Robert Pontsioen will also introduce visiting Taiwanese artisans in an April 29 forum titled "The Smithsonian’s Historic Collections from Taiwan and Taiwan’s Dynamic Crafts Today."
Taiwan participation at the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show is made possible upon the invitation from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, with support from the Smithsonian's Asian Cultural History Program and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.
'Matière of Life : Taiwan Crafts Exhibition'