Scalloping Series studied the ancient handicraft of the barkcloth making and explored further modalities of this gradually ceased craftsmanship. The barkcloth, also known as tapa, is a type of cloth made of bark fibers or inner bark strips of mulberry trees.
Through a process of soaking and beating, the bark is enlarged to produce thin fibrous sheets of cloth primarily for everyday needs and ceremonial uses across Oceania. Chialing Chang combined this symbolic and long-standing craftsmanship with a contemporary approach. Based on corresponding characteristics of each piece of barkcloth, different techniques were applied.
The final pieces are twelve fans and brooms elaborating with varied shapes and textures. Each retains the original structure of a branch and parts of its rough outer shell connecting to the wooden handle. Made out of sheer mulberry branches with reconfigured bark and sticks, Scalloping Series develops forms derived from floral motifs and intends to reveal the intrinsic state of the raw material taken from the nature.
For National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute
Photos: James Teng