From Checkpoint bag to Blacksac
من شنطة الحاجز إلى البلاك ساك Al Quds, 2015 – Al Khalil, 2021
Call for solidarity
نداء للتضامن Until liberation
Masters programme Disarming design
ماجستير معهد ساندبرج Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, 2020 — 2022
Design for Disarming times
التصميم لأوقاتنا المجرِّدة Onomatopee publishers, 2020
Life of the Palestinian rug
ورشة البساط الفلسطيني Birzeit, September - October 2020
Facemask from Gaza
قناع الوجه من غزة August 2020
Hosh Jalsa
حوش جلسة Birzeit, 2018 – 2020
Marketing workshop
ورشة التسويق Birzeit, January – February 2020
Bags Prince Claus Awards
حقائب صندوق الأمير كلوز Amsterdam, 4 December 2019
Crossing Boundaries lecture
محاضرة "اجتياز الحدود" VCUQatar, Doha, 19-22 November 2019
Intimate terrains
إقتراب الآفاق Birzeit, 21–29 august 2019
The real and the absent
جسور من الماضي Birzeit, June – September 2019
Young artisans market
سوق الحرفيّين الشّباب Birzeit, 2019
Reworlding Ramallah
إعادة قولبة العالم : رام الله Birzeit, January – April 2019
Thought-provoking December gifts
هدايا محفّزة للفكر في فترة الأعياد Droog, Amsterdam, 6 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Collective thinking
تفكير جماعي Hosh Jalsa, Birzeit, November – December 2018
My house is your house
البيت بيتك Design Museum Ghent, 16 February – 15 April 2018
Nieuwe Instituut
معرض نيوي انستتوت Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, november 2017
Amman Design Week
أسبوع عمان للتصميم Darat al Funun, Amman, October 2017
Dream versus reality
الحلم مقابل الواقع Amman, September 2017
Dream Defenders
مجموعة "دريم ديفندرز" Ramallah, 17 August 2017
Design Museum Cologne
متحف التصميم، كولونيا Cologne, 14 May 2017
Henry Van De Velde Awards
جائزة هنري فان دي فيلد Bozar, Brussels, January – February 2017
Welcome home
الدار دارك Ramallah, 8 – 30 October 2016
Hosh Qandah, create-shop 2016
حوش قندح، ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٥ Ramallah, August – September 2016
Gaza & Jerusalem, create-shop 2015
ورشة التصميم من غزة للقدس Gaza & Jerusalem, 26 August – 8 September 2015
Qalandiya international
قلنديا الدولي IAAP, Ramallah, 27 October – 15 November 2014
Ramallah, Create-shop 2014
ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٤ Ramallah, Bethlehem, 21 October – 7 November 2014
Eye on Palestine
العين على فلسطين KVS, Brussels, 24 March – 5 April 2014
Conflict & design
التصميم و الصراع C-Mine, Genk, 15 December 2013 – 9 March 2014
Bethlehem, create-shop 2013
ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٣ Bethlehem, 30 Sep – 12 Oct 2013
Ramallah, create-shop 2012
ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٢ Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, 1 – 15 September 2012
Subjective atlas of Palestine
أطلس فلسطين الذاتي Ramallah, 2007
Collaborative projects
مشاريع تشاركيّة

Gaza & Jerusalem, create-shop 2015
ورشة التصميم من غزة للقدس

Gaza & Jerusalem create-shop 2015
Gaza & Jerusalem, 26 August – 8 September 2015
This year, we were able to organise two create-shops in parallel; both in Gaza as in in Jerusalem. In August and September 18 artists collaborated in Al Ma’mal foundation Jerusalem, and 12 artists at Eltiqa group in Gaza. Both groups were unable to visit each other but exchanged ideas over digital platforms. The programs included guest lectures, screenings, visits to a variety of Palestinian artisans and workshops in and around Jerusalem as well as in the Gaza strip, guided tours, field trips, collective lunches and other relevant activities. Each participant was invited to collaborate with the local producers to develop prototypes for her/his designs together.
Create-shop Eltiqa group, Gaza, 26 august—8 september 2015


The aim of the create-shops was to develop useful products that reflect upon Palestinian reality and can be produced in respectively Jerusalem or Gaza. It was a collaborative process with high emphasis on creativity, collaboration, making and quality. Participants experimented and developed ideas collectively, engaged in discussions and were introduced to different craft workshops. The variety of site visits gave an enriching impression of Palestinian crafts — which was as important for the international as it was for the Palestinian participants. The tours were valuable as it gave the opportunity to visit places most participants had never seen before, or did not know existed. This enabled us to unveil unique local qualities that were reflected in the design processes.

Create-shop at Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem, 25 August—10 September 2015


The participants were highly engaged, motivated, committed, generous and open, and everyone got to know each other well. The energy in the group, the sensitivity of the participants, the understanding, the good ambience all resulted in the smooth and creative creation of many ideas for the create-shop. A lot of them were immediately visualised with a mostly hands-on approach of the participants. And with the closed facebook group for all participants the different creative processes were being shared between Jerusalem and Gaza. The Skype sessions with Gaza had a valuable impact on the participants, even though not every skype appointment was possible to succeed. There were electricity and internet problems (actually mainly on the Jerusalem side) that sometimes withheld a skype meeting.

Narrative report Create-shop

Follow the full programme, read the briefing, the process, see all developed designs and engage with the reflections by the participants in this detailed narrative report.

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Al-Ma’mal Create Shop Exhibition 2015

Al-Ma’mal, Old city, Jerusalem (PS), 10 September – 18 September 2015

During this year’s 3-week create shop, 18 artists and designers in Jerusalem and 12 in Gaza have developed remarkable new goods that will soon be sold via the online store. The create-shop course was guided and organized by Disarming Design (Annelys de Vet and Sami Khaldi), and included independent curators, artists and designers such as: Jumana Abboud, Aline Khoury, Benji Boyadgian, Yazan Khalili, Lara Khaldi, Alya Rayyan, and Rudy Luijters.

An exhibition featuring the participants and output from the create-shop took place from September 10 – September 18, 2015 in art center Al Ma’mal in the old center of Jerusalem.

Listen to Areej Ashab at Al Ma’mal in Jerusalem telling the stories of all the different prototypes to the participants in Gaza who were not able to visit the exhibition that included their designs.

Alfalstiniah TV interviews participant Areej Ashab and coordinator Mohammad Saleh about their experiences in and the output of the create-shop.

Organisational team Gaza & Jerusalem

The organizing team included Aline houry (Al Ma’mal), Sami Khaldi, Mohammad Saleh, Teresa Palmieri, Shereen Barakat, Mohamad Abusal (Eltiqa gallery, Gaza) and Annelys de Vet. Mohamad was a stabilizing force and was sensitive for the developments within the group, and was important in the organising or guiding the contact between participants and producers. Teresa took great care of the space and all related matters. Aline was really helpful, involved in planning and directing as an integral part of Disarming Design, even though she is part of Al Ma’mal staff. And Annelys was energetic, motivating, initiating, and leading a smooth flow between the participants and the organizing staff.
Most important, Mohamad Abusal did a admirable job in Gaza. He was able to bring together 12 talented artists and guide them in the proces. What was done in Jerusalem with a team, was mostly done by Mohamad by himself in Gaza. He organised excursions, daily meetings, artisan visits and guided the participants in their contact with the producers.
Participating artists in Gaza
Shayma Hassanein, Maha Aldaya, Bushra Abed, Maysa Bardaweil, Majdal Nateel, Dalia Abdel Rahman, Raed Issa, Mohamed Hawajri, Omar Shala, Ibrahim Muhtadi, Mohamed Zomar, Rauf Ajouri, Sohail Salem, Mohamed Musallam
Participating artists in Jerusalem
Christina Bullata, Raneem Turjman, Sherin Allan, Aya Kirresh, Bashar Hassuneh, Ghadeer Dajani, Vida Daher, Deema Daher, Ayat Bader, Ibrahim Alhindi, Dana Alami, Amani Yaqob, Nashwa Abu Ghaith, Rawan Sader, Riham Isaac, Yasmine Alqutob, Ahmad Yaqob, Sarouna, Areej Ashhab
International participants
Monika Grütze, Arthur Röing Baer, Florian Mecklenburg, Hein Van Duppen, Birte Veenkamp



Products in our collection from this workshop