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DDFP in co-creation with Gaza Camp in Jerash, presented in Rotterdam
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, november 2017
The Dutch center for contemporary culture 'Het Nieuwe Instituut' invited DDFP for their bi-weekly pop-in exhibition. For this occasion we put together a presentation of the products and video's that we developed in Jordan with Amman Design Week and the Gaza Camp in Jerash.

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.

Unveiled Souls
Design: Mariam S. Shukri (JO), Qusai al Saify (PS)
Production: Widad Sarhan, Aziza Abu Khatleh, Saber Abu Masoud (Gaza Camp, Jerash, JO)
Materials: Cotton, rope, rings
Behind the folds of this bag, beauty uncovers itself. Underneath every plication lies handmade embroidery inspired by Gaza patterns, representing lost memories brought together in one place made with dedication. This origami bucket bag was inspired by women in Gaza refugee camp, who unveiled their stories the more we got to know them.
Lullaby
Design: Fida Shafi (PS), Aya Abu Ghazaleh (PS, JO)
Production: Firas Rashid, Wisal Al Qadi, Asma Ayesh, Hadeel Abu Amrah (Gaza Camp, Jerash, JO)
Materials: Cotton, embroidery
Inspired by Palestinian mothers seeking refuge and their struggles to create a safe haven for their babies, the blanket emerged as a reminder of endless and unwavering love for their children and the desire to protect them. The lullaby lyric is rooted in the memories and convictions of the artisans, and exemplifies being thankful for a newborn baby and offering those passing by something to drink. It is an ultra-soft, double-layer cotton blanket with mostly green embroidery and cheerful orange and yellow stitches, featuring patterns from both Beer Al Sabe’ and Gaza. During the design process, the artisans song the lullaby, which you can hear by scanning the QR code.
Maisa
Design: Nour Nsheiwat (JO), Rebekka Fries (NL)
Production: Saber Abu Masoud(tailor), Zainab Abu Jamous, Yusra Abu Sil’a, Farha Khammash & Asma Ayesh (embroidery)
Materials: Textile of school uniforms, cotton embroidery
This apron captures the story of Maisa, who had the highest high school grades in Jordan. This would award Jordanian citizens a free scholarship for university, but because Maisa has no national ID number as a resident of the Gaza Refugee camp, she did not qualify. On the contrary, she was obliged to pay very expensive international fees, so she could not even afford to pursue her studies. She remained in the camp and gave up on her dreams. In response to Maisa’s story, this multi-functional and semi-professional apron was designed with fabric used for Jordanian school uniforms. It reflects on the fact that while the students in the Gaza camp very much focus on their education, their future career options are limited.
Za’atar w zeit
Design: Rand Abu Al-Sha’r (JO), Asja Keeman (NL)
Production: Hasan Abu Siam (bowls), Siham Abu Nimeh (embroidery), Saber Abu Masoud (Tailor)
Materials: Olive wood, fabric, embroidery, pulled string from rice or sugar bags
Olive trees represent bravery. The tree can live for hundreds of years, sometimes even thousands, providing an economic resource and bearing the fruit of life for generations of Palestinians. Drought-resistant and able to grow under poor soil conditions, the olive tree has multiple agricultural functions: to make oil, to light a fire, to be harvested for soap, and to provide protection from the sun. This is why the ‘Under the Olive Tree’ hat was created, to symbolise that notwithstanding any hardship. By wearing this hat you too embody resilience and stability and that by standing under this tree you are protected.
Carrying home
Travel pouch to never return to the camp
Design: Mohammad Ishtay (PS), Tessa Meeus (NL)
Production:Hadeel Abu Amrah & Asma Ayesh, Saber Abu Masoud (Gaza camp, Jerash, JO)
Materials: water resistant cotton, embroidery, metal rings for the strap
Do you have a specific dream? “I have simple dreams. A life where I can enjoy any rights as other people do. My dream is the dream of my father, my mother and my grandfather. To return to the soul of Palestine and live in my hometown.” What if you ever had a chance to go back to Palestine just for one day, what would you take with you? “I don’t want to take anything with me, all I want is to go back to Palestine.” Wouldn’t you need anything? “Maybe I would just take my phone to communicate with my family.” What would you bring back here? “Well, I’m not coming back to bring something with me. But if I have to come back, I’ll bring the soul of my land, and olives. And photos of Jerusalem, photos of my hometown, and the Palestinian land.” The pouch gives space all the documentation that you need while traveling, as a tribute to Hadeel’s dream, one of the artisans in the Gaza camp. The patterns designed on the shoulder strap are an iconic embroidery sample of different Palestinian cities and regions that are becoming distorted.

Exhibition design:
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.