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30/9/2018 - 2/12/2018

Lanna Spirit by Kachama and Somluk Pantiboon

For the grand opening of the Design Gallery, dedicated to present the best design art from Northern Thailand and beyond, Toot Yung Art Center proudly presents creations by weaving artist Kachama, and ceramic master Somluk Pantiboon. Both sourcing their material and inspiration from the Lanna region, Kachama and Somluk have been continuously working to bring a fresh contemporary twist to their respective ancestral craft. Both artists received training in Japan adding to their know-how a unique simplicity and formal purity. Kachama’s highly refined textiles bear witness to the weaving techniques of various tribal people with whom she learned her skills. She incorporates the bead work of the Katu, the patterns of the Karen, indigo-dyed batik of the Hmong in a celebration of the skills that were passed down from generation to generation over the centuries. Kachama has renewed this ancient form of craft bringing it to a pure art form through which she can express her deepest thoughts and emotions. Her works can be found in the collection of the Textile Museum in Lyon, France, acquired after an exhibition in 2008, The Hong Kong Museum textiles Society, The National Handicrafts and Hill tribes center (Taiwan). She has worked with several luxurious hotels and resorts, such as the Hansar group, the Tamarind boutique hotel and Ban San Doi in Chiang Mai.

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Somluk Pantiboon established his famous ceramic studio Doi Din Daeng in Chiang Rai in 1991. There high quality potteries are regularly produced, under the guidance of Somluk giving training and job opportunities to many in the region. Somluk graduated from Chiang Mai’s faculty of industrial design major in ceramic, he later enriched his technique with Japanese masters Mr. Iwao Onuma and Tarouemon Nakazato. He spent 5 years in Japan honoured with prestigious prices and exhibitions such as the Nitten exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo or the Arts and Crafts exhibition at the Fukuoka Art Museum. After returning to Thailand his notoriety grew with prices from the annual ceramic exhibition in Bangkok, the Asian Arts and Crafts exhibition at the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan, the Fletcher Challenge Award exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand. From 2012 to 2015, he founded and directed Art Bridge Chiang Rai promoting foreign and Thai artists based in the region. He held solo exhibitions at the Vigeland Museum (2004), Oslo, Norway; the Earth Home Gallery (2007), Hong Kong; most recently exhibiting clay paintings at Wang Hing hoi and Artist+Run Galleries in Bangkok(2018).