Scalloping Series

Commissioned by National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute
Year: 2016
Photographer: James Teng 

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.

Scalloping Series 探究樹皮布這項屬於南島的古老工藝技術。以構樹樹皮為原料,剝下後經過水泡、捶打使之柔軟並延展成纖維,是一種以非紡織技術製成的布。

Based on the corresponding characteristics of each piece of barkcloth, different techniques were applied. Each item retains the original structure of a branch and parts of its raw surface connecting to the wooden handle.


Final results are twelve fans and brooms elaborating with varied shapes and textures. Scalloping Series — made of sheer mulberry branches with reconfigured bark and sticks — develops forms derived from floral motifs which intend to reveal natural states of the raw fiber.

最後成品為十二件扇子與掃帚,不同於傳統取出細枝、粱穗綁束,Scalloping Series 由纖維的延展,一體成型作為扇面和掃帚,再與除去皮的構樹原木組合為柄,回歸其原始的姿態。


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