Process


TECHNIQUE In Kashmir I have learnt the technique I use. It is said to have been introduced in Kashmir by the Moghul rulers during the 15th century and is carried on till today from fathers to sons in three specialized production units often with six to eight family members in each such unit. A ready piece of lacquer work from Kashmir has thus been through many hands.

I combine the specialized production units in one and carry out all the specialized steps in the production myself in a time consuming process. This implies that I have to master several very different techniques: pulp making, design and production of the moulds, the artistic expression in colours, lacquer technique and finally the application of gold-foil. After this long process a piece of lacquer work can leave my workshop.

I often work in series. The inspiration comes from visits to places around the world and is filtered through the experiences of life.

SHELLAC is extracted in a long process from incrustations from beatles (Tharcardia Lacca) that live on different host trees in India, Vietnam, Burma. Shellac is a pure, natural biodegradable and nontoxic material.

URUSHI/Japanese lacquer is a sap from the tree Rhus Vernicifera that grows in Japan. It is tapped like gum. When wet the sap is very poisonous. When dry it is NOT POISONOUS and very resistant.

SYNTETIC LACQUERS of different types.