MONO JAPAN has a network of Dutch creatives and Japanese maker industry and since 2016, runs a Japanese crafts and design fair to introduce carefully curated selection of modern Japanese artisanal products and makers to Europe. What has become clear to us from getting to know creatives from both countries is that these encounters produce results capitalizing on their respective strong points, and that they have been able to learn things and get stimulation from each other.
We believe that international collaboration is the best way to enhance appreciation for Japanese craftsmanship in this world of ours where many different kinds of peoples live according to a variety of lifestyles, and we also believe it is an opportunity for innovation to occur. We’d also like to show how Europeans respond to traditional Japanese objects and techniques of craftsmanship, and we hope to disseminate their ideas among Japanese craftspeople, concerning European manufacturing, which has long included the concepts of sustainability and circularity that are now a driving force in Europe.
In order to carry out fruitful collaboration between Japan and the Netherlands, with their widely different languages and cultures, thorough networking and support are essential. At our MONO & TALKS exhibition we will introduce the two Artist in Residence programs we have held so far by means of display and discussion. As our focus is not only on product but also on process, the content of the program will be informative for people from local areas in Japan that want to welcome overseas creatives, as well as Japanese creatives who aim to open up overseas business activities.
About MJ AIR (Artist in Residence) 2019 Collaboration
Sekibi Kodo (Aizu lacquerware, Fukushima) with Pao Hui Kao
Yoshida Shingi Shozoku (Shinto priest ceremonial costumes, Kyoto) with Maryam Kordbacheh
Sekishu Washi Kubota, Nishida Washi Studio (Sekishu washi, Shimane) with Jonas Althaus
About MJ ONLINE AIR Collaboration
Paul Beumer (Artist) with Yukihito Kanai (Mud Dye Craftsman, Amami Oshima)
Nienke Hoogvliet (Design Studio) with Kojima Chikara (Bamboo crafts Artist, Oita) and Toshihiko Nishida (local support)
What’s more, at the exhibition we’ll also be introducing the “Family Business Innovation Lab,” a cooperative industry between Japan and the Netherlands, which we’re supporting in 2021, plus MONO JAPAN’s new digital platform, “MMM – MONO Makers Meet,” which will be open to the public this coming fall.
Come and experience at MONO & TALKS the potential of international cooperation within the design and craft industry, in these unique times when, despite the corona pandemic, we can form links between overseas and the many and varied craft-producing areas of Japan.
Photo: All AIR program processes was done digitally