The Hybridization of Cultures in Thailand as a Source of Design Inspiration

  • (Material ConneXion® Bangkok)
  • When: 3 February 2009 | 15:00-17:00
  • Where: Auditorium, TCDC

The panel talk is part of the “Sweets Knit Jewelry” exhibition presenting textile and jewelry designs inspired by Thai traditional desserts.

The panel talk is part of the “Sweets Knit Jewelry” exhibition presenting textile and jewelry designs inspired by Thai traditional desserts. The exhibition features creative works by Textile Design students and Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design students from Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.

The talk will start with a presentation on new material arrivals at Material ConneXion Bangkok by Chompoonuj Weerakitti, Director of Material ConneXion Bangkok.

After the presentation, two well-known professional designers and two design faculty members will have a casual discussion titled “The Hybridization of Cultures in Thailand as a Source of Design Inspiration”. The opening reception of the “Sweets Knit Jewelry” exhibition will follow after the discussion.

“Is it possible to utilize Thai culture as a source of design inspiration in this Global Frenzy?”

With the influences of Globalization and Capitalism, mass produced products through the mechanism of global entrepreneurship are the same visually and practically. There are no differentiations for people to choose from. Some local cultural and traditional beauties have been ignored and abandoned as a result of the influx of foreign cultures mainly from the west. Therefore, the cultural identities and characteristics, what define the identity of people in certain locations, climates, traditions, and cultures, become a much sought after distinction.

This exhibition is an investigation and example for the search of Thai cultural identity in design by using Thai dessert as a source for contemporary Textile and Jewelry designs. As a result, the value of local beauty which reflects distinctive tradition and culture is the significant element for Thai designer to explore in order to reflect and blend appropriately to represent the DNA of Thai design in today global climate.

The panelists are:
1. Rapee Leelasiri, a professional textile designer, from GRAPH-TEX studio Co., Ltd., for Rapee Leela Brand, a recipient of Designer of the Year Award, Silp Bhirasri Award, and All Great Design Awards 2007.
2. Pirada Senivongse na Ayudhya, an up-coming and vibrant jewelry designer and a founding member of Trimode.
3. Taweesak Molsawat, an educator, artist, and designer in Jewelry and Metalsmith from King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.
4. Associate Professor Uraiwan Paradee (Pitimaneekul), PhD., an educator in design and a Textile (Knitting) specialist from King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.

Free Admission
Reserve your seat at TCDC Information Counter, Tel. 02 664 8448 #213, 214.

Remark:
1. Advance phone reservation is recommended. Seats are limited to 100 and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
2. On-site registration will open one hour before the scheduled start time. For those who have made advance reservation, please register to confirm your seat at least 30 minutes before the event starts.
3. The talk is suitable for students, designers and textile and jewelry entrepreneurs and is open to both TCDC members and the public.
4. Conducted in Thai only.
5. Parking fee is subject to The Emporium’s terms and conditions. TCDC will provide free 2-hour parking coupon for attendees.

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