不「紙」如此 ：觸得到的情感 The Palpable Paper as Art
Updated: Nov 5, 2018
Every piece of paper is unique, conveying its own "touch", "temperature" and "weight" to different people. How often do you hold a book or a piece of paper to feel its thickness and texture?
文 / 特約編輯 Savern Bleu 塞豆窿
譯 ／George Ho
How often do you hold a book or a piece of paper to feel its thickness and texture? The prevalence of technology has reformed our sense of being, we have gradually lost our ability to feel the world through touches. Each piece of paper is made up of different water and wood fibers; each is unique, conveying its own "touch", "temperature" and "weight" to different people. Sometimes we are reluctant to throw away letters, electric ticket stubs and boarding passes because they often trigger our feelings and memories when we hold them again. Despite the fact that the development of science and technology has reduced the use of paper products, the uniqueness of the role of paper to link our emotions with past memories has reminded us of our long-forgotten feelings with the world. Let us look at how the artists of Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea explore and have successfully exploited the plasticity of paper, highlighting its palpable texture in the illusory electronic world, to reconnect our daily lives.
水木研社 Somood Studio (香港 Hong Kong)
The manufacturing of paper has been poetically described by the Somood Studio of Hong Kong as the intertwining of plant fibers with water, and each piece of paper is unique because of its individualized manufacturing process through the steaming, molding and drying. The name of the company“Somood”is made up of two Chinese characters “水water” and “木wood”, which hints the environmental friendly plasticity and recyclability of paper. The Somood Studio specializes in hand-made paper products and hand-made books. The raw materials used in their products are mainly waste paper from paper mills and printing houses, like paper edges left after cutting and scratched school notebooks. Every recycled product contains a story, purchase a handmade book and let the story continue.
The Somood Studio has successfully combined handicrafts to their environmental concerns. It applies recycled paper to manually produce notes, cards, commemorative texts, and wedding invitation cards. Their products extend the length of use of paper and enhance its beauty by providing personalized products that are tailor-made for everything from designs to printing, catering to each user's needs. To pick their products, you can go to their online store and order one!
水木研社 Somood Studio： https://www.somoodstudio.com/shop
From time to time, the Somood Studio also organizes papermaking and hand-made books workshops, to connect the communities with paper art. Their papermaking craft provides valuable opportunities for the public to experience a paper fully again, takes them back to the old and leisure way of living in their long forgotten memories.
In addition, many Hong Kong artists also use recycled objects as their raw materials of creation. For example, a local designer Wong Tin-yan collected the discarded and abandoned wood pieces to crave wooded cartoon animals. Also a group named “Chip Good Guy Studio”consists of young carpenters and artists, converts the trashed woods into wooden toys; they also organize children's workshops to educate and to inspire the public with their hands-on DIY spirits.
秋元机 Akimoto Tsukue （日本 Japan）