During the last weekend in September 2016 (are we already into fall?!!!), my husband and I took a short trip to Vancouver in British Columbia, a gorgeous Canadian city that I have not had the chance to fully appreciate until this trip.
We saw the latest exhibit, “Picasso: the Artist and his Muses” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, ate wonderful food, tasted the local BC wines (I found a killer merlot from the Lock & Worth Winery ) and took a stroll in beautiful Stanley Park , among other activities.
While we were near the Vancouver Convention Center in downtown, we happened upon this amazing traveling exhibit, “Hermes at Work” . This exhibition showcased Hermès’ craftspeople from their ateliers in France to Vancouver: these artists in all different metiers of leather work, jewelry making, print screen, etc. interacted with the public and demonstrated their craft.
It was such a treat to see these artisans in action. The leather artisan who makes Hermes famous horse saddles talked about the intricacies of working with leather: the artform has not changed much in over a hundred years!
Down the aisle from the saddle maker, the graphic designer showed us how she digitally recreated the gorgeous prints from artists in order to eventually have these images printed on Hermes signature scarves, bags and other accessories. Delicate, detailed work – quite beautiful.
I loved every minute spent at the exhibition. I believe it is so important to celebrate the traditions and artistry of craftsmen/women who enjoy sharing their work with the general public. In today’s fast fashion world, it’s so comforting to see that artistry in this world is not completely lost.