based in taipei, young taiwanese designer chialing chang uncovers the richly textured ‘scalloping series’ composed of twelve fans and brooms. the final pieces are created using barkcloth — typically made out of bark fiber or inner bark strips of mulberry trees, which is also known as tapa.

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the scalloping series is produced based on corresponding characteristics of each piece of barkcloth 



through a process of soaking and beating, the bark is pounded and enlarged into thin sheets of cloth which are primarily manufactured for everyday needs and ceremonial uses across oceania.for this collection, chialing chang combines this symbolic and long-standing craft with a contemporary approach to produce everyday objects. even moreeach item retains the original structure of a branch and parts of its raw surface connecting to the wooden handle. as a result, the scalloping series — made of sheer mulberry branches with reconfigured bark and sticks — develops forms derived from floral motifs which intend to reveal the natural state of the raw fiber.

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every article in the series is applied with different techniques

the surface of the fan is made by constantly beating inner bark into fibrous tissues

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detail of the two-layered barkcloth showing its delicate essence 

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the interlacing and filamented texture can be seen on the surface

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the shape takes reference from the forms of plants

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winkles are shaped while the barkcloth is sodden

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varying force strengths and beating skills can affect the expression

the barkcloth connects with its aboriginal stick as the handle

a gradient contrast between the clean, inner bark and the rough outer shell

detail of the broom consisting of three slender units

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detail of the broom as if in blossom



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