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Hisshō 必勝

Hisshō 必勝
Mänttä, Finland

A conceptual approach to creating a form from two-dimensional sheets of paper which can adapt to a body in its movement. From an old inventory book of a sake brewery, the individual pages are folded into triangles and mounted in an offset manner. Just as traditional Japanese armour was generally constructed from many small iron and leather scales and plates, my construction is connected by rivets and cords. Japanese armour was designed to be as lightweight as possible and was usually brightly lacquered to protect against the harsh Japanese climate. In addition to their protective function, the armour worn in the Edo period, when samurai were responsible for internal security, placed high demands on craftsmanship.
The term Hisshō 必勝 in the title which translates “determined to win” refers to the headbands called hachimaki. They originate to those headbands that were worn by samurai under their helmets and are a symbol of effort or courage, especially in the military, and feature a design of kanji on the front.

Paper, Rivets
Depot Austria