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Celebrating Craftsmanship: Hand Made Exhibition, Rotterdam

“Hand Made shows what crafts were, are and can be.” Stylesight traveled to Rotterdam this weekend to attend the Hand Made exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Dedicated to Dutch and European craftsmanship from the Middle Ages to the present day, the show presents a stunning array of objects, from everyday household things to extraordinary luxury artifacts. To enrich and complete the experience, craftspeople are available throughout the exhibition to illustrate the techniques presented. From paper-making to embroidery, lace weaving to pottery and woodworking – even violin making – seeing the products of such skilled hands up close leaves the visitor astounded and inspired.

The Hand Made theme echoes the contemporary trend of favoring handmade over mass-produced goods, and also examines how much truth there is behind the “hand-crafted myth,” enticing the visitor to have a critical eye and take time to experience the objects.

Indeed, the clichés around the concept of craft influence how the items are arranged, rather than chronologically, and they are explored throughout the seven sections the exhibition is divided into: Tradition, Unicity, Craftsmanship, Honesty, Art, Virtuosity and Handicrafts.

Hand Made runs until May 20th in Rotterdam, providing a wonderful excuse to hop on a flight and take in beautiful and blooming Dutch spring. – Gemma Riberti & Mona Dekker

All images courtesy of Mona Dekker

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