Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Beyond Craft Symposium by Galeri PETRONAS

This is my first time attending symposium and at first I don't know exactly how symposium is conducted. But I felt so lucky to be given a chance to attend this event as it was so inspiring and open my eyes to see arts and artists journey in a different perspectives.

Me posing in front of the Gallery :)

The symposium was actually in conjuction with POHON BUDI exhibition: Seeds of Energy from Tree of Life, where Creative Imaginings Abound. The speakers are from selected country where each of them masters their own skills and experiences whether as an artist or a person who support their local artists and community. Basically, the symposium is to address the preservation of vanishing indigenous art traditions.
"POHON BUDI exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to rethink and reframe relations between art and the environment on a critical and creative level, while fostering a love for nature to nurture behaviors that will benefit a healthy and sustainable world. 
Each individually hand-crafted art pieces are created from natural materials. The fine works of art focus on traditional and contemporary expressions, presenting various genres and medias ranging from textile, stone, ceramics, metal, glass, wood, paper, beads and lacquer. 
POHON BUDI stems from the word BUDAYA which means CULTURE in the Malay Language, a poetic marriage of two words; BUDI, which means GOOD PRACTICE; and DAYA, which means Energy. POHON BUDI symbolises the idea of a universal COSMIC TREE, as expressed in this exhibition" 
— Galeri Petronas
Respectable artist and speakers from different countries who share their journey in crafting inspiring and beautiful work

After the symposium; we went down to the gallery and here are some of inspiring and amazing work from the participated artist.

Hand-painted on tussar silk with maddler coloured pigment, Kailash Meher, Contemporary, India

Songket Textile on Silk, Roots of Renaissance, Dr June Ngo & Ong Wan Fen, Contemporary, Malaysia

Khadi jamdani saree hand woven cotton, Series of 3, Gaurung Shah,Traditional, India

Natural Indigo Hand Painted on Cotton, Tzu Lo Cho, Contemporary, Taiwan 

Tree of life collage using mixed leaves on iron wood, Ramsay Ong, Contemporary, Malaysia

woven peacock feathers, embroided with beetle wings and pleated silver threads, Asif Shaikh, Contemporary, India

woven peacock feathers, embroided with beetle wings and pleated silver threads, Asif Shaikh, Contemporary, India

Silk Ikat Stole, Uzbekistan

There are actually many more remarkable work I wish I could have time to capture them...