Hermès Festival des Métiers Part 2

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As we continued our tour of the Hermès Festival des Métiers at the Design Exchange, we reached the scarf-making section only to find that the silkscreen was on a break because they had to let the silk dry in between screens. The scarf the were working on (the First Nations lady pictured below) took 46 screens to create all of the lines,m shadows and colour. We did get a chance to meet the engraveur, the woman who takes the designers original art and breaks it down into separate screens.

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Even the pots of silk screening inks were pretty!

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Another craft exhibited at the Festival was the art of painting ceramics. Here, the classic “Tiger in the Woods” scarf design gets reinterpreted on a porcelain change tray.

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Of course I was most excited to see the watchmaker. Hermès has (relatively) recently begin making its own movements and creating new complications, including the new women’s version of Arceau Le Temps Suspendu, pictured above. This complication, introduced by Hermès in 2011, works like this: When you hit the pusher at 9 o’clock, the hour and minutes hands snap to a narrow “V” at 12 o’clock, removing all time display. Time is suspended, but the movement itself still keeps counting the minutes and the hours. So when you push the button again, you will get the correct time. “it took three years to develop this watch,” said the watchmaker. “There are 170 extra parts in the complication. You can suspend the time for a minute, a day, a year and you just press the button and it will go back to the correct time.” Hodinkee described it as a “poetic” notion, and I can’t come up with a better descriptor myself.

We also couldn’t help the watchmakers own timepiece, a limited edition Carre H. Produced in 2010, there were only 173 of these models manufactured, so it was a treat to see one live (I only wish I had better photos).

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And finally the bags. The artisan who was stitching the bags together was on a break while we were there, but she has been working all week to piece together a Kelly Bag (pictured at the top of the post). It was still pretty cool to examine her station to see all the materials and tools need to assemble little hand bag. Maybe I was missing something, but I didn’t see a single piece of machinery in her stall.