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The Neo Arts & Crafts movement

The Neo Arts & Crafts movement

The mass production era, that involved methodologies of rapid production, came right after the industrial revolution. In the late 19th century, William Morris had already started making apparent the harmful effect of the aesthetics of the mass production era. He tried to re-construct an aesthetic value that could only be created by human hands, in contrast to the styles that were produced and developed by machines. But in spite of Morris's “Arts and Crafts” movement, nowadays one can rarely find objects that are meticulously shaped and crafted by human hands, so that we as audience can sense the presence of the object’s creator emanating from within.

In this drawing series, I would like to release and showcase the power and value of the aesthetics of nostalgia that could emerge from hand-crafted objects. Even though a Baroque pipe organ, a Ferrari 360 engine, the module ship of Apollo 13, and Victorian architecture were all generated in different periods, they all share one thing in common: hand craftsmanship which acts as an example of the limitless boundary extensions in human society. By combining these old and modern objects together I wanted to suggest a ‘new artifact’. I hope that my drawings, which depict this artifact, can incarnate the beauty which all these hands had tried to achieve through their work.

Baroque pipe organ + Ferrari 360 engine
Victorian architecture + apollo13 service module
Roman column + Metal concrete rods