Wire Works by Masao Seki

by kate on April 5, 2012

When it comes time to brainstorm for photo shoots and features for the magazine, we often find that our excitement for new materials and processes will guide the decision-making. In Issue No. 7, you’ll see the result of one of those idea sessions on materials: Alexis and Meg crafted a handmade tableau for the opening spread—it’s one of my favorites so far. I won’t give any other spoilers, except to say that when I saw these wire works by Masao Seki, I was reminded of the project; both depict a delightful little world unto themselves.

Masao Seki crafts miniature sculptures from thin-gauge wire; they are so thin that as you approach the table upon which they sit, you may not even see them until you’re inches away. I love this kind of wire work, where the wire appears as the memory of the hand’s movements, like three-dimensional line drawings. The architectural structures and circular villages are delicate, but dynamic as well—it’s easy to imagine the little society that hustles and bustles and comes to life when you turn off the lights.

The exhibition is on display at Five From the Ground, an antiques shop based in Japan. It’s a pity not to be able to see these all together in person, but luckily the pieces are available if one in particular captures your heart. You can contact the shop here regarding international orders, and to see more of the wire work, visit here.

{All images from Five From the Ground, found via Spoon & Tamago}

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