International Craft Design Exhibition!

Human beings communicate ideas and exchange cultures to achieve mutual understanding and cooperation. Under modern civilization, it has become a trend that communications and exchanges between countries are frequent, and each culture actively seeks every possibility to go beyond boundary and have dialogue with other cultures. The theme of 2011 IDA Congress is “Design at the Edges”, representing the diversity of each country’s different design styles. The International Craft Design Exhibition held by National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute is based on the theme of “Crossover - The Symbiosis of Craft and Environment” to develop its exhibition concepts, which are to probe and discuss profoundly the concept of harmonious co-existence “Symbiosis”. The significance of symbiosis can be interpreted from different aspects and this exhibition will discuss this topic from three main aspects: culture symbiosis, design symbiosis and nature symbiosis.

Key Visual Design for ICDE

“Culture symbiosis” illustrates the importance of cultural diversity. As the wave of globalization sweep across the world, it is crucial for each culture to find a way to live and prosper together with others. Under the influences of globalization and cultural homogenization, cultures from different regions have to underscore local characteristics and preserve the abundant quality of diversity and co-exist with and accommodate each other in order to reach an equal relationship among different cultures. Understanding and respecting each other’s cultures are the sense and attitude to develop symbiosis with exotic cultures. Culture is vital with its own energy; the order of symbiosis can be developed in the process of evolution, exchange, dialogue, compromise and compatibility between different cultures. The exhibition puts together outstanding craft design exhibits with local characteristics from different countries. These works represent the unique characteristics of different countries and make prominent the differences and diversity, in the hope of innovative ideas brought by the diverse thinking and collision when different cultures meet each other.

“Design symbiosis” indicates the abundant aspect developed by the inter-disciplinary cooperation of traditional craft and design aesthetics. Inter-disciplinary cooperation has become an important trend of contemporary industry development. In the design field where competition is so fierce, each discipline has come to realize that they can only survive in the competitive market if they support each other. Breaking the barriers, different professional disciplines co-exist and assist each other to create new opportunities. Besides tangible cross-industry alliance between design and different industries, intangible thinking as well goes beyond the boundaries of tradition and modernity, practicality and aesthetics. Not only the cross-industry creativity of craft design is shown in the creative interaction of design language and materials and skills, but also its concept breaks through the established boundary and framework under the influence of contemporary aesthetics and generates new ideas and adds new charms to the field of design.

“Nature symbiosis” interprets the mutual relationship between craft design and natural environment. It as well echoes the Oriental philosophy of living with the Nature in harmony and unifying Heaven and Man with pliancy. The symbiosis of human and natural environment is a global issue that receives constant attentions. Green craft is the main theme of contemporary craft, re-defining the status of craft in the context of production. The eco-friendly green nature and design is a win-win strategy for the issues of pursuing living aesthetics and preserving the environment. A benign circle is formed: the materials of craft are picked from the nature, and crafters infuse spirits with ideas and skills, and after use the materials return to the nature. In creation and in daily life culture, we love the Earth in a simple and beautiful way. “Green craft” is also an opportunity for craft industry to re-develop. German environmentalist and scholar Michael Braungart proposed the green economy design project “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things”, marking a thinking process from science, economics and aesthetics. When developing product economy, we adopt a way of natural circulation: born in the nature, return to the nature. Craft works can be the beginning of another circulation. With aesthetics, good will and creativity, we can establish a new civilization that is pleasant and lively where people and cultures and live and prosper together.