To celebrate Hermès At Work in Australia, nine Hermès métiers are displaying their fine skills to the public and sharing their expertise, experience and passion with the people of Melbourne. Hermès Australia commissioned Thai Graffiti artist, Mue Bon to work live in the window of the Hermès store on Collins Street in Melbourne, creating his work Let’s Play!
I was excited to be reunited with my Hermès family to view his final work, unveiled on the morning of 7 March. The graffiti installation features his character The Bird. You can also spot The Bird around the streets and laneways of Melbourne. Much of Bon’s inspiration comes from the community and the streets.
It was a pleasure to meet the talented Mue Bon (pictured above) in person.
HERMÈS AT WORK
Have you ever wondered about the secret techniques and strategies behind the creation of your favourite Hermès products? Now you have the opportunity to watch the highly skilled French artisans at work, and even ask them questions about how they create their iconic masterpieces.
From 8 to 17 March, Melbourne Town Hall is hosting “Hermès At Work”, an itinerant celebration of craftsmanship first created in 2011. At the event, artisans from nine Hermès métiers will meet the public and share their expertise, experience and passion.
I was invited to share this experience on the eve of 7 March where I was able to discover the talented craftspeople whos hands transformed materials into bags, saddles, silk squares, ties, jewellery, watches, gloves and more.
The artisans demonstrated, explained, answered questions and discussed the outstanding technical know-how that is integral to very Hermès métier. This event will give you a revised sense of what lies behind the term “craftsperson” an the various techniques associated with it.
Christian, a glovemaker from Saint-Julien, France, who has worked for Hermès for 30 years.
Luc, a French-born, Swiss-based watchmaker busies himself with piecing together the latest Hermès model. A single watch can take an entire day to make.
Nathalie, a silk engraver, demonstrates the process of adding detail to the silk scarf designs using a digital interface. The computer technology itself is only five years old.
Frederique, a silk screen printer, demonstrates his process. The print is a reproduction of the first ever Hermès silk scarf print, reproduced in occasion of its 80th anniversary and in keeping with the houses’s annual theme selection, which this year is ‘games’.
A porcelain painter from Limoges, France, demonstrates the painstakingly detailed work of her craft.
A saddlemaker demonstrates his craft. Training in his field can take up to five years.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience “Hermès At Work” for yourself; an exhibition that offers a rare insight into the world and painstakingly intimate work of luxury’s finest craftspeople.
Melbourne Town Hall
90-130 Swanston Street
Free admission from 11 am to 7 pm
Closed on Monday 12 March
Visit hermesatworkau.hermes.com to book your free ticket.
Photography: Khanh Nguyen