I recently began to articulate the design philosophy that has become my stock-in-trade – or would be, anyway, if I did any trade whatsoever. I call it “Fusion of Tradition”, an intentional play on the Spirit of Tradition movement. I have best articulated it in two posts from the past,the first before I had formed it into a philosophy…
You may note that I have consciously blended traditions in a sort of nautical mash-up. The sailing outrigger is Indo-Pacific, of course, though I grabbed an ama connection approach that is from the African extreme of outrigger territory. The ends then hail from Central Canadian birch-bark tradition while the rig is decidedly Anglo-American. Some will call this a hash; I call it a gorgeous mosaic of cultures. I like fusion in food and music; why not boats too?
It is this idea of fusing truly traditional “designs” while weaving in modern knowledge where appropriate that is emerging as my “schtick.” To me, this fusion that we see in all kinds of places is the happy part of the globalization we hear so much about. We are learning more and more about other people and their cultures and I think this is a huge win for us all in the long run. It is too easy – in fact, it is deep in our nature – to keep in our “tribe,” but, all other issues aside, doing so eliminates the possibility of infusing fresh ideas. You basically have what you create within your “tribe.” Opening up to ideas, styles, and approaches that are totally foreign at least enriches you and may do much more.
I have created this page to be a home for examples of what I mean by Fusion of Tradition boats, both mine and others. By all means join in the discussion of this topic or, if you want, contact Chine bLog directly (especially if you can point me to nice examples!).