The Festival of Crafts by Hermès
The amazing Festival of Crafts is scheduled to begin on the west coast at the Bravern in Bellevue, Washington state on February 23 through February 28.
The Festival of Crafts is an exhibition that highlights the incredible art of craft, in addition to its importance in the contemporary world.
The Festival of Crafts is open to the public and will feature the poetic and visionary techniques of Hermès crafts, ranging from silk scarf printing to the emblematic “saddle stitch” at the foundation of the Hermès handbag design.
After the exhibition finishes in Washington state, it will then travel to Chicago, Washington D.C. and then abroad.
During this, festival attendees will experience first-hand the complexity and skill to create an object by hand and why ‘craft’ plays such a contemporary role in today’s world.
Attendees of the Festival of Crafts will have the unique chance to meet the Hermès’ craftsmen and artisans, plus learn a specific technique of his or her highly-skilled trade (see list below) in an interactive environment.
The initial goal of the Festival of Crafts was to create an exhibition to highlight the art of craft, and it allows Hermès to share its history, through the knowledge and passion of its craftsmen and craftswomen.
Several of the key exhibits include:
· Leather making of a bag
· Silk – a printing demonstration
· Saddle maker
· Silk engraver
· Tie maker
· Jewelry Diamond Setter
· Men’s made-to-measure shirt maker
· Glove maker
Since 1837, when Hermès opened in Paris as a maker of harnesses and saddles, six generations of enterprising artisans have continued to extend their range and conquer new markets.
The Festival of Crafts will open in Seattle on February 23 through February 28; in Chicago from March 11 to March 16; and in Washington D.C. from March 25 to March 30. The hours are from 11:00a.m to 6:00p.m.