Maiwa: Our Story

The Following is from our 2016 publication: Revisiting A Quiet Manifesto for the Preservation of Craft.

"Thirty years ago Charllotte Kwon formed a company and opened a shop. The shop was located in a new community of artisans that had formed on Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada. The island, through its concentration of fine artists, printers, bookbinders, papermakers, potters, theatres, retailers, students, and industry, redefined itself as the cultural heart of Vancouver. The company was called Maiwa. In Cantonese and Mandrin maiwa is a word used to name the language through which art speaks. Maiwa: beautiful language.

Halfway through our journey, in 2000 we [published A Quiet Manifesto for the Presentation of Craft. The ideas that appeared in that tiny book have matured and blossomed. Our thirty-year anniversary seemed the perfect time to revisit those ideas.