This pair has a lot of stories to tell. Chikara Kojima is a young Bamboo Crafts Artist. Through his ways of thinking, research and analysis of bamboo crafts, the materials and history of bamboo, his extensive knowledge of bamboo was presented in their first two meetings. It was a wonderful content deepening the Dutch creator’s understanding and fascination of bamboo as material as well as the social problems regarding bamboo in Japan.
The third meeting was presented by Studio Nienke Hoogvliet about their ongoing projects. Shared with beautifully documented photographs, problems were raised with corresponding ideas and solutions for each project. Consistent with every project is their strive for sustainability. Sustainability will be the key when working with the bamboo material in this collaboration.
The two designers, Nienke and Tim, wanted to see and touch the various Japanese bamboo introduced by Kojima. MONO JAPAN arranged the samples which are on their way with the kind support from Kojima. In addition, with the cooperation of Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden which showcases many Japanese traditional crafts, Studio Nienke Hoogvliet will tour the various bamboo items in their collection*. We have received permission to film their tour at the Museum Volkenkunde so please stay tuned!
The 4th meeting was a dialogue of many questions from Kojima about the presentation of Studio Nienke Hoogvliet and vice versa. It was a very motivating meeting, with everyone agreeing to continue even if the number of meetings may exceed the originally planned 10 meetings. Studio Nienke Hoogvliet sees many potentials of bamboo as a natural material.
* The visit of Museum Volkenkunde is postponed due to the situation of COVID-19.