Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, 1 – 15 September 2012
The project ‘Disarming design’ aims to develop a collection of useful objects that reflect upon the Palestinian reality. Artists and designers are therefore invited to collaborate with local craftsmen to make contemporary products out of existing production processes. The products will be represented and distributed by the new design-label ‘Disarming Design’, through a mobile design store and a web shop. The project is set up by ICCO, the International Academy of Arts Palestine, Khaled Hourani and Annelys de Vet. It is generously supported by ICCO and
UNESCO. September 2012 we kicked-of the project with a create-shop that has been organized by the International Academy of Arts Palestine and the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. Approximately 25 Palestinian designers, artists, students and three Design master students from Amsterdam worked in Ramallah to develop prototypes for the new collection of products. It resulted in two vibrant, unpredictable and very fruit-full weeks.
Read about the daily developments, considerations and observations during this first create-shop in this extensive report.
Texts by Annelys de Vet
At the end of the two weeks we organised a small presentation in the ‘Picasso Room’ at the Academy where each participant shared her/his thoughts in regards to the presented designs. Sam Bahour was present as an external critic.
Products in our collection rooted in this create-shop