The beauty of non-permanence
Shunichiro Nakashima is a hand weaver, designer (textile, jewellery, product, interior, graphic), as well as an assistant professor of Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan. He started his career in 1996 with large-scale hand weaving works, made of hand dye and spun the thread, and has been focusing on creating jewelries by using fiber materials in recent years. Based on his rich knowledge and craft skills with textile and natural dye, Nakashima creates unique jewelry by taking advantages of lightness and flexibility of the materials. Nakashima’s jewelry works are mainly created from silk, feather and plastics. They are not permanent materials such as precious metals and gems. At some point in time, his jewelry fades and rots away. For this reason his work is more luxurious than precious metals and gems. Non-permanence, which provides us the beauty of the moment is one of the pleasures of fashion and a joy of life. Permanence is not sustainable. Even if only the material, or matter, is left eternally, the spirit is not handed down in the next age. The succession of spirit gives meaning to the material.