The Lab, Darat al Funun, Ammanannelys
DISARMING DESIGN IN CO-CREATION WITH GAZA REFUGEE CAMP IN JERASH
AS PART OF AMMAN DESIGN WEEK
7 – 15 OCTOBER 2017
EXHIBITION OPENING: 7 OCTOBER 2017 6:00 PM
THE LAB, DARAT AL FUNUN
During a two-week long workshop in September, a team of Jordanian, Palestinian and Dutch designers collaborated with local craftswomen and men from the Gaza refugee camp in Jerash to collaboratively develop a series of thought provoking products. The workshop sought to create collaborative learning experiences through multidisciplinary and international exchange. The participants produced a line of items that reflect on the reality in the camp and the stories the artisans shared, varying from a wooden labyrinth game to an origami folded bag, and from a luminous clothespin to a baby blanket with embroidered song lines.
A selection of the workshop’s outcomes were taken into production in the camp, and are being exhibited and sold at The Lab at Darat al Funun throughout Amman Design Week, alongside a show of the existing collection of the label. All together the goods were telling alternative stories and reflect upon the function of creative practices in situations of conflict.
Participating designers: Rand Abu al-Sha’r (JO), Architect, Asja Keeman (NL), Master Student Design Sandberg Instituut, Mohammad Ishtay (PS), Product and interior designer, Tessa Meeus (NL), Master Student Design Sandberg Instituut, Fida Shaffi (PS), Political scientist and designer, Sherida Kuffour (NL/GH), Master Student Design Sandberg Instituut, Nour Nsheiwat (JO), Designer, Rebekka Fries (NL), Sandberg Instituut Design alumni, Mariam S. Shukri (JO), Designer, Qusai al Saify (PS), Founder Origami Palestine, Aya Abu Ghazaleh (JO/PS), Artist and designer
Participating artisans: Ibtsam Aladine, Nouf Albarbary, Siham Abu Nimeh, Hasan Abu Siam, Saber Abu Masoud, Khadeja Abu Amrah, Sanaa Abu Amrah, Jaber Tayeh, Zainab Abu Jamous, Yusra Abu Sil’a, Farha Khammash, Asma Ayesh, Wisal Al Qadi, Hadeel Abu Amrah, Handa Abu Ateq, Muna Abu Ateq, Widad Sarhan, Aziza Abu khatleh, Zeinab Abu Jarar, Firas Rashid. Acknowledgments to the Amani Charity center
Workshop guidance: Ghadeer Dajani (Disarming Design’s production manager), Annelys de Vet (Disarming Design’s founder), Haya Bustami (Education and Community Outreach at Amman Design Week), Reem Marji (architect, Darat al Funun team), May Khoury (designer), Sara Mahasneh (intern), Isabel Zoetbrood (intern)
Craft Moves Communities – discussion panel, moderated by Grant Gibson at Amman Design Week, october 2017