The origin of the Japanese lacquer ware is said to date back about 6,500 years, or some say it even goes back further to 9,000 years ago in the early Jomon Era. They refined the sap of the Urushi tree and added red pigments to make red lacquer ware, creating shamanic tools, personal ornaments and burial goods. About 2,300 years ago during the Yayoi Era, black lacquer ware appeared whose color was obtained from the soot of burned pines, sesame oil and canola oil. Black lacquer ware was used for weapons as well as for various Buddhist altar articles after Buddhism was introduced in Japan.
Hyobodo masters the art of Lacquer. In Lacquer there are 2 diferents base material : Urushi and cashew nuts lacquer. Hyobodo uses both. The special sheen and visual depth of these lacquer surfaces exert a fascination.
Urushi lacquer is applied with a brush to an object already formed or to a pannel, usually out of wood or bamboo, but sometimes out of paper, leather, or composit material.
As urushi lacquer hardens, it absorbs moisture from the air. This makes the lacquerware perpetually shiny and slick. It also makes it very durable and able to withstand water, acids, alkalies, alcohol, and changes in temperature, which is the main reason lacquer became an art form to begin with. While different pigments may be used to dye lacquer, black and red are the most common.
The creation of one piece of urushi art is very time-consuming. The careful application of many layers and the drying times between them can take months, not to mention the ornamentation.
Hyobodo buys the primary élémet, the lacquer to work on different kind on surfaces: furniture, object, panels. Here for Maison et Objet, they developped panels that mix lacquer, gold leaf, urushi and rust which gives a totally unique result.

Technique: The process of making of this panels are following :

- On a copper/wood or acrylic base pannel, the cashew nuts lacquer is regurlarly put with a brush, it will be used as fixation.

- Then different material are added : sand, gold leaf, silver leaf, paper and urushi to create reliefs and pattern.

Materials: Lacquer

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