Monday, July 28, 2003
Bruce is one of the best reasons to visit the charming hamlet of Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto. His work is ingenious; a kind of radical alchemy mixing utilitarian pencil case design, a passion for sumptuous materials, and...errr...gingerbread men. After finding out about his activities almost a year ago from one of my Kyoto-born acquaintances, I finally got a chance to drop by his shoppe, which is nestled in a picturesque, temple district (actually Saga-Tenryuji Susukinobaba if you must ask). I spent the better part of an hour there chewing the cud with bruce about his life, work, and philosophies while trying to select "my Bruce" from among the legions of unique works neatly arrayed on the walls while his apprentices busied themselves over their digital workbenches, the fans on their G4s providing that familiar, soothing dim. Yes, they were planning the nature of pencil case fashion to come in the form of a revolution called "people" as the cherubic mastermind of it all looked on. Thanks for everything Bruce!