Tears of the Manmade
Tears of Manmade is an ongoing design research on how the imitation pearls can obtain a distinctive value, which makes them not be considered as inferiors of natural pearls. This project has sprouted from my curiosity for the artificial material which has a natural appearance. I took a study trip to a small imitation glass pearl workshop in Osaka, which has more than 70 years of history in producing imitation glass pearls. Each grain of the imitation pearls was delicately hand crafted there: there was an absolute craftsmanship around the production of the imitation pearls. Together with the craftsmen, I am developing new pearls, pushing the existing boundaries of materials and their production processes.
This project is made possible by the generous support of Creative Industries Fund NL.