The porcelain ladies of Jessica Harrison’s “Broken” series are lovely, graceful, and feminine. Of course, they’re also maimed and bloody. Harrison’s sculptures are violent and delicate, disturbing and funny. She creates the pieces by searching out secondhand, mass-produced ceramic figurines whose faces and poses appeal to her, then modifying them.
Another great part of visiting Kyoto: finding cute and beautiful handicrafts just about everywhere. Paper products, ceramics, and especially textiles – I wanted to buy everything (and now I’m inspired to get crafty when I go back home).
The Seoul Design Fair was part of why I decided to visit Seoul—Seoul is the World Design Capital for 2010, so the fair is a pretty big deal. I was disappointed by the main pavilions—of course there were some interesting displays, but overall the exhibits were poorly organized and a bit haphazard. There was a lot of really great design to discover in the other parts of the fair, though—design industry exhibitions, the Seoul Design Market, and the student exhibitions.