The workshop intended to provide both educational aspects in regards to design, in addition to providing space and collaboration for creativity and innovation. The discussions between designers themselves gave the opportunity to understand and learn about different views and ideas in regards to design and ways of living. The ability to bring together international and local designers contributed to unique perspectives, whereby DDFP became a hub for creative vitality. Moreover, the visits to different locations, and more specifically artisans and craftsmen in Palestinian cities, allowed the designers to interact with them in a manner that sponsored innovation. The designers were introduced to the unique processes that artisans work in, and developed their designs accordingly. The atmosphere that each city provided and the knowledge about the cities, created space for artists to link their designs with local histories.
Cultural Impact and presentation
The interactions between the Palestinian and international participants provided an atmosphere for intercultural exchanges. In order for participants to come up with designs they needed to understand the context, where the European designers offered an observer perspective. This process allowed the international designers to better understand Palestinian culture in ways that they might not have experienced in the past. Palestinian designers were also able to see the design perspectives in observer eyes through the international participants, as well as understanding the references that each international participant came with. The uniqueness of the products generated during this create-shop unveils the designer’s interpretations of these realities. They represented the Palestinian culture with an artistic twist, whereby each product carries a strong cultural message with a personal sentiment.