Soil from Buyeo is used in order to develop a set of pieces for the desktop in Baekje’s traditional color of light gray. Compression modeling is used in the production, and all pieces are fired once in order to protect the environment.
After reinterpreting six patterns of excavated artifacts from the Baekje era, phrases are added to express the meaning of the paintings. Decolored cotton and Hanji paper are used for scroll and framed paintings.
Instead of using nails and glue, traditional techniques for joining wood are employed. The joints intersect form with purpose – where everything is produced with purpose, rather than ornamentation.
Project Director: Choi Gong Ho (Professor, Korea National University of Cultural Heritage)
Art Director: Kosei Shirotani (Studio Shirotani)
Advisor: Rhee Sang Chol
The goal of the “Buyeo, Sprouting of Regional Arts and Culture” project was to create a new form of traditional
handicraft by resourcing the culture of the Buyeo region with its rich Baekjae heritage. Local artisans and
students led by Professor Choi Gong-ho at the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage worked on the
project. Mr. Sirotani Kousei, a Japanese designer known for leading local craftsmanship revival movement with
ethically and environmentally conscious designs, and Mr. Lee Sang-cheol, an advisor for YÉOL, assisted in setting the
direction of the project.
While the pottery, wooden craft, and paintings that resulted from the year-long project may appear homely, they
faithfully followed the principles of “Bring up to date Buyeo’s unique traits”, “Focus on the process of education rather
than the results”, and finally, “Create handy products that are often used”.