The past week after Nanga Sumpa has been a blur.
We've been assigned groups to produce work based on our experience in Sarawak so far. I was in a group with Dai, Nicole and Alicia.
At this stage of the course, I was reminded that we were basically cramming a whole semester's worth of work into less than 2 weeks (minus all the trips we did). Neither one of us slept very much that week.
My group responded to the brief by first evaluating the issues faced by local artisans, and the materials or resources already available locally. We kept in mind the need to retain traditional handicraft professions.
We came up with the design of Cahaya Songket, a wall light fixture made up of ceramics and songket textile. The name Cahaya Songket has a double meaning, representing the object as a lighting application but also as what we hoped to be a new direction for the use of Songket. Cahaya Songket incorporates both Songket fabric and ceramics which can be used as wall tiles, lighting, covering, and at the same time, as a form of art. Cahaya Songket is modular, made up of many pieces of ceramics tiles wrapped in Songket.
At the end of our second week in Sarawak, we held a group exhibition at UNIMAS.
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