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Thought provoking design label opens alternative school on the crossroads of design, crafts and community
Contemporary Design meets Local Crafts
After 7 years of developing the thought provoking design label Disarming Design from Palestine we want to establish an alternative design school. We respond to the need for a vibrant design program which maintains an active relationship with the local design and crafts communities, and can be flexible in its format. Many craftsmen and designers are active in Palestine, but due to the occupation and the often marginalized positions, they lack enough work, innovation and exposure.
Grounding a Design Discourse
Since this summer our organization is based in Birzeit in the beautiful historic building Hosh Jalsa where we have started design related activities; like an architectural drawing club, a film program, a library club and workshops on upcycling, typography and more to come. These smaller workshops are focussed on the local community to empower people with design skills. On the longer term we want to establish a critical design program where we concentrate on the impact of design in a conflicted and politicized reality. It will be situation specific formats in collaboration with local and international educational institutes. It will offer learning experiences that feeds to the economic, political and artistic independence of designers. How can artistic action in a polarized reality feed self-expression? How can the social impact be activated in processes of co-design?
Thought Provoking Design Label
Disarming Design from Palestine is a thought-provoking design label that develops, presents and sells useful goods from Palestine, designed by contemporary designers and artists in collaboration with local producers. The label aims to spread alternative narratives about contemporary Palestine and reflect upon the function of creative practices in situations of conflict. By stimulating interdisciplinary working relationships new artistic models are empowered, feeding innovative ideas for crafts production and giving another dimension to the traditional representations of handcrafts. Art and design are deployed as powerful tools that allow serious discussions about the political, social and cultural realities. By making, there is greater independence from the market and room for expressing one’s own identity. How can creative practices contribute to a more sustainable society and human-centered economy?
Who will benefit from the Space?
Our alternative school is focussing on:
Participants previous workshops said:
Annelys de Vet (1974) is the founding- and artistic director of Disarming Design from Palestine. She has a design practice in Brussels for gentle power and radical imagination and heads the Master in Design at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. After she initiated the ‘Subjective atlas of Palestine’ in 2007 together with Khaled Hourani and the International Academy of Arts Palestine she continued engaging in how design can contribute to a more sustainable and just society, resulting in founding the thought-provoking design label in 2011. Annelys guides the workshops, develops the artistic strategy of the label and takes care of the international representation and distribution of Disarming products.
Raed Hamouri (1985) is the executive director of Disarming Design and an active community builder. He holds a BA in architecture, and studied management and theater and conducts research into art as a form of resistance. He lives and works in Ramallah. In 2015 he started the successful 'social cafe' Al-Rumman, where the local creative/critical community met, could read and make music. Raed is responsible as director, activator and strategic developer for ‘Hosh Jalsa’.
Ghadeer Dajani (1980) is a Jerusalem based interior designer, and the production and design manager of Disarming Design after having participated in our workshop in 2015. Ghadeer made two successful and moving designs. She does product development, supervises the workshops and takes care of the entire production process of the objects and has a very broad knowledge of design, material and production possibilities in Palestine. Ghadeer will collaborate on the new design program, develop the collection of products and supervise workshops.
Additionally our kitchen is run by students, and clubs formed by students from Birzeit University are responsible for activating the social activities as volunteers, international design interns invest in the development of our project.
About Disarming Design from Palestine
Disarming Design from Palestine is registered as a Palestinian non-profit company and as a foundation in the Netherlands, with a studio and warehouse in Belgium. It was established in close collaboration with the International Academy of Arts Palestine and on a request by ICCO (NL). In Palestine, the organization is led by business manager Raed Hamouri and designer Ghadeer Dajani, in Belgium designer and co-founder Annelys de Vet leads the project. The items are sold directly on the Palestinian market, and the foundation takes care of the international distribution. The aim is that the organization can run independently through the local and international sales of the products.
Disarming Design in the media
Our partners include
LOCAL: Palestinian Museum, Academy of Arts Palestine (IAAP), Al Ma’Mal Jerusalem, Birzeit University, Ramallah Municipality, Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans, Eltiqa-group Gaza, Windows on Gaza, Open Stuido (Red Crescent Hospital Khan Younis)
INTERNATIONAL: Sanderg Instituut Amsterdam (NL), Van Abbe Museum (NL), Droog (NL), Nieuw Dakota (NL), Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Onnomatopee (NL), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (NL), Offprint Bookfair (F/NL), Design museum Gent (B), Connexion VZW (B), Bozar (B), WIELS (B), Mosaic Rooms (GB), Mudam (LU), Darat al Funun (JO), Amman Design Week (JO), Gaza Camp Jerash (JO)
Our aim is to become financially independent through the sales of our products and the collaboration with other educational institutes. With the current growth of the sales of our products, we expect to reach this aim in two years. We need your support to bridge the time in between and to develop an active and engaged design program in that period.
This is how we will use the crowdfunding:
€ 500,– to develop our design library with more relevant books and materials
€ 1500,– to acquire educational equipment (i.e. computer, screens, furniture and tools)
€ 1500,– to organize design workshops for the local community in collaboration with designers, artisans and institutes as the Palestine Museum and Birzeit University.
€ 1500,– to contribute to the rent of our space for the year 2019
€ 2000,– to the development of a professional design program in collaboration with international renown design institutes (like the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam) where local and international designers can collaborate on exploring the soft power of design.
All that we reach more will be used to sustain our organization, and our programs, and to develop workshops and programs with local and international designers, in collaboration with Palestinian crafts and producers.
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