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Hermès Festival des Métiers at the MCA

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The MCA is currently hosting the Festival des Métier (Festival of Crafts) for Hermès Australia from the 2nd to the 6th of October, 2014. Previous host cities include London, Shanghai, Beijing, New York and Paris. The exhibit recreates the artisan workshops in France. At the entrance of the exhibit you will be given a set of postcards which can be sent off to anywhere in the world if you slip it in the post box at the exhibit.

Hermès Australia - Festival des Métiers
Festival des Métiers - greetings from Hermès Australia

Highlights include silk printing demonstrations and intricate details on the engraving process. Seasonal collections of scarves often take up to 1.5 years to develop from the design to creation. The printing process originates from the workshops in Lyon. The silk is laid on the work bench and multiple screens with stencil layers of the design are loaded with the specific colours from darkest to lightest to create the final product in multiple stages.

engraving process explained

silk scarf printing demonstration

Other highlights of the exhibit include the porcelain painting, crafting ties, bags and watches.

leather bags

The watchmaker explains the various intricate parts of a watch, including the use of synthetic ruby bearings which reduce friction at pivot points.

the intricate parts of a watch deconstructed and explained

porcelain painting

The artisans also display their expertise in making equestrian saddles!

Making equestrian saddles!

Don't forget you can post off some post cards at the end of the exhibit!
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Why? Cool insight to the arts and crafts behind Hermès
When: 11am-7pm
Phone: 1300 728 807
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Cost: Free
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