September this year, a team of Jordanian, Palestinian and Dutch designers collaborated with local craftswomen and men from the Gaza refugee camp in Jerash to develop a series of thought-provoking products. On the invitation of Amman Design Week, and hosted by Darat al Funun, DDFP had put together a program where the participants designed items in interchange with the artisans. They started to investigate in their production processes, historties, their skills, and made works that could pass on the stories that were shared and can reflect on the complex reality of the people in the camp. The results were on display in the pop-in Expo at De Nieuwe Instituut.
Pop-in Expo’s are bi-weekly changing presentations in the foyer, spotlighting a controversial new design, sensational research, work by an emerging talent or a new acquisition for the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning.
Annelys de Vet, Ines Marques
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)
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
Acknowledgments to: Amman Design Week Co-Directors Rana Beiruti and Abeer Seikaly, Darat al Funun founder Suha Shoman and director Luma Hamdan for making the workshop and exhibition in Darat al Funun possible.