Practicality at the origin of the evolution of utensils. How to sublimate them through art? Through this work, the aim is to determine the potential and the future of Ubukeya’s knife craftsmen.
Ubukeya is still an artisanal knife shop that symbolizes the Edo culture today. What artistic dimension will Tatehana give to this knife that has been prized since antiquity? To what extent will this project allow craftsmen to exploit all their know-how?
“Scissors” that seem to cut the “limit” of the clouds. Reflection.
“This time, I wanted to incorporate traditional Ubukeya gardening scissors into the new creation in my Void Sculpture Series. In the artwork, the gardening scissors cut through the cloud. This cloud represents the boundary between life and death, which is one of the artist’s themes. “I’m thinking about how everyone can feel that boundary. The use of gardening scissors, which until now have been considered a tool, is redefined by incorporating the essence of art. When the public looks at it, I want it to trigger their reflection”.
Tatehana’s unique art is gradually taking shape
The drafts are represented in solid by a 3D model.
His added value as a craftsman is to be able to “connect with consumers”.
Despite the decrease in the number of cutlery craftsmen and the adaptation of their style to our times, the values have remained unscathed. Throughout the years, the charm of Ubukeya remains very much in demand. Tatehana works in the respect of tradition.
“Ubukeya can communicate directly with customers and adapt its products accordingly. Many artisans underestimate the importance of this exchange, which allows Tatehana to sensitively perceive the needs and desires of the moment. We can see Ubukeya’s significant potential. This attitude reflects their specificity and explains their success. Indeed, the traditional industry suffers from this lack of communication. Desires and needs change according to the times. This is why craftsmen have to adapt their production skills and take up many challenges. In my opinion, they have taken the road to success.”.
At an intermediate stage of creation, I said to myself: “the clouds referring to the Edo landscape symbolize the past”. The presence of the scissors illustrate the determination and passion of the craftsmen and traders. I would like everyone to be able to enjoy this work on the day of the exhibition and experience the thought of Tatehana.
Photo by Satomi Yamauchi