Support design, support Disarming Design from Palestine

Thought provoking design label opens alternative school on the crossroads of design, crafts and community

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Support design, support Disarming Design from Palestine

<p><strong>Contemporary Design meets Local Crafts</strong></p> <p>After 7 years of developing the thought provoking design label Disarming Design from Palestine we would like 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.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></a></p> <p><strong>Grounding a Design Discourse</strong></p> <p>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?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></a></p> <p><strong>Thought Provoking Design Label</strong></p> <p>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&rsquo;s own identity. How can creative practices contribute to a more sustainable society and human-centered economy?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></a></p> <p><strong>Who will benefit from the Space?</strong></p> <p>Our alternative school is focussing on:</p> <ul> <li>The<strong>&nbsp;local community</strong>, who can participate in the events we host, or enjoy the beautiful courtyard and get inspired<strong>Palestinian producers&nbsp;</strong>will benefit from the production of our products, the participation in our workshops and other future collaborations between them and the Palestinian design community<strong>Students from the Birzeit University</strong>&nbsp;(focussing on Architecture &amp; Design faculty) join events, workshops and host activities themselves</li> <li><strong>Designers from all over Palestine&nbsp;</strong>are offered a new place to meet, share idea&rsquo;s on design and do research in the library, and they will participate in the special product-design-workshops that we will organize</li> <li><strong>International designers</strong>&nbsp;will participate through a residency that includes design development and teaching, and we&rsquo;ll offer them a space to do research</li> <li>And on a global level, the activities will contribute to the<strong>&nbsp;distribution of alternative narratives</strong>&nbsp;from Palestine through design and the understanding of the position of designers within this</li> </ul> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></a></p> <p>Participants previous workshops said:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Areej Ashhab (PS):</strong>&nbsp;Cooperation is not something very common in my university. DDFP opened my eyes to a lot of people that exist around me and that I did not know about, people which I can collaborate with. I really enjoyed the group working and I learned design in terms of narration. I&rsquo;ve learned to design through the glasses of the story I want to tell</li> <li><strong>Mohammad Saleh (PS):&nbsp;</strong>Showing the potential of Palestinian craftsmanship is essential to let it survive. Disarming Design brings back craftsmanship to its real path and function, emerging from and serving the real needs of the Palestinian people. The products are designed bottom-up, from people&rsquo;s reality towards their needs in the street, on the checkpoints, in the kitchen, the house, the clothing, etc</li> <li><strong>Amani Yacoub (PS):</strong>&nbsp;The workshop opened our eyes for Palestinian artisans!</li> <li><strong>Biyi Zu (CN):</strong>&nbsp;Via local designed goods Disarming Design focuses on individual stories. This makes us understand the value and strength of our differences and avoid us thinking in black and white. Definitely, it is one of the most valuable lessons in my life; it has taught me to use design as a fundamental tool to learn from the world</li> <li><strong>Floris van Driel (NL):</strong>&nbsp;I was very impressed by the Palestinian industries that I&rsquo;ve never witnessed so closely and realized the high quality of it</li> <li><strong>Tessa Meeus (NL):&nbsp;</strong>The workshop changed everything actually. It made me think a lot about the way the West views Arabic people in general. How in Europe we and also I have programmed prejudgements in our system</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></a></p> <p><strong>Team</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p><strong>Annelys de Vet (1974)&nbsp;</strong>is the founding- and artistic director of Disarming Design from Palestine. She&nbsp;has a design practice in Brussels for gentle power and radical imagination and heads the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Master in Design at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam</a>. After she initiated the &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Subjective atlas of Palestine</a>&rsquo;&nbsp;in&nbsp;2007 together with Khaled Hourani and the International Academy of Arts Palestine she continued&nbsp;engaging in how design can contribute to a more sustainable and just society, resulting in founding the&nbsp;thought-provoking design label in 2011. Annelys guides the workshops, develops the artistic strategy of&nbsp;the label and takes care of the international representation and distribution of Disarming products.</p> <p><strong>Raed Hamouri (1985)</strong>&nbsp;is the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">executive director</a>&nbsp;of Disarming Design and an active community builder. He holds a BA in architecture, and&nbsp;studied management and theater and conducts research into art as a form of resistance. He lives and&nbsp;works in Ramallah. In 2015 he started the successful &#39;social cafe&#39; Al-Rumman, where the local&nbsp;creative/critical community met, could read and make music. Raed is responsible as director, activator&nbsp;and strategic developer for&nbsp;&lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Hosh Jalsa</a>&rsquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ghadeer Dajani&nbsp;</strong><strong>(1980)</strong>&nbsp;is a Jerusalem based interior designer, and the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">production and design manager</a>&nbsp;of Disarming Design after having participated in our workshop in 2015. Ghadeer made two successful&nbsp;and moving designs. She does product development, supervises the workshops and takes care of the&nbsp;entire production process of the objects and has a very broad knowledge of design, material and&nbsp;production possibilities in Palestine. Ghadeer will collaborate on the new design program, develop the&nbsp;collection of products and supervise workshops.</p> <p>Additionally our kitchen is run by&nbsp;<strong>students</strong>, and clubs formed by&nbsp;<strong>students from Birzeit University&nbsp;</strong>are responsible for activating the social activities as volunteers,&nbsp;<strong>international design interns&nbsp;</strong>invest in the development of our project.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Disarming Palestine</strong></p> <p>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 &nbsp;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.</p> <p><strong>Disarming Design in the media</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Business Socialista, entrepreneurs that reshape the world, 2018</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Al Arabya TV, 2018</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;Reaching Beyond Borders&rsquo;, Kurt Vanbelleghem, Works that Work, 2017</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;Grant Gibson reviews the Checkpoint Bag&rsquo;, Grant Gibson, OnOffice, 2017</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;Alles is verbonden met Politiek&rsquo;, Alice Devenyns, MO Mondiaal nieuws, 2018</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Henry van der Velde Awards 2016</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;Qalandia International - &#39;Disarming Design&rsquo; show by Palestinian collective offers objects with &#39;alternative narrative&rsquo;, Kelise, 2014</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;Disarming Design&rsquo;, Dylan Collins, Brownbook Magazine, issue 43</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Our partners include</strong></p> <p>LOCAL: Palestinian Museum,&nbsp;Academy of Arts Palestine (IAAP), Al Ma&rsquo;Mal Jerusalem, Birzeit University, Ramallah Municipality, Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans, Eltiqa-group Gaza, Windows on Gaza, Open Stuido (Red&nbsp;Crescent&nbsp;Hospital Khan Younis)</p> <p>INTERNATIONAL: Sanderg Instituut Amsterdam (NL), Van Abbe Museum (NL), Droog (NL), Nieuw Dakota (NL), Het Nieuwe&nbsp;Instituut (NL), Onnomatopee (NL), Museum Boijmans van&nbsp;Beuningen (NL), Offprint Bookfair (F/NL), Design museum Gent (B),&nbsp;Connexion VZW (B), Bozar (B), WIELS (B), Mosaic Rooms (GB), Mudam (LU),&nbsp;Darat al Funun (JO), Amman&nbsp;Design Week (JO), Gaza Camp Jerash (JO)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></a></p>

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<p><strong>How we use the crowd funding?</strong></p> <p>The income we will receive will be used to&nbsp;acquire<strong>&nbsp;educational equipment&nbsp;</strong>(i.e. screens, furniture and tools), to develop our design library with more relevant&nbsp;<strong>books and materials</strong>, and to&nbsp;<strong>organize design workshops&nbsp;</strong>in collaboration with designers, artisans and institutes as the Palestine Museum and Birzeit University. Additionally we will use the&nbsp;funds to establish&nbsp;<strong>a professional design program&nbsp;</strong>in collaboration with international&nbsp;renown design institutes (like the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam</a>) where local and international designers can collaborate on exploring the soft power of design.</p>


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Ceramic plate with your distance to Disarming Design from Palestine

250 €

    Shukran kteer!! Your gift means a lot, and you will receive a handpainted ceramic plate with the distance between your location and Disarming Design from Palestine in Birzeit. Made in Hebron.

    Thank you!

    10 €

    • 5 contributions
    Your support is MUCH appreciated and we will send you a personal message to express this.

    Educational support

    25 €

    • 12 contributions
    Your donation will be invested in tools and educational material and you will receive a personal video message to show the impact of your gift.

    Livraison estimée : février 2019

    Daftar, Palestinian notebook

    50 €

    • 21 contributions
    All the above, and you will receive a special Palestinian notebook with an abstracted local floor tile pattern to capture your sketches for a different future.

    Blanco Keffiyeh

    100 €

    • 15 contributions
    Shukran for your donation. You will receive a blanco keffiyeh, white on white, made in the only keffiyeh factory of Palestine in Hebron. And in addition a personal video message.

    Jerusalem Spell

    250 €

    • 2 contributions
    Shukran shukran! With your donation we can organize one workshop and you will receive a unique cotton Jerusalem Spell bag, signed by designer Ghadeer Dajani with a catalogue inside.

    Livraison estimée : février 2019

    Design the Difference!

    1 000 €

    • 5 contributions
    Shukran Jazilan!!! With your support we can really start our design school. You will become a registered friend of the Disarming Design Academy and you are welcome to come, join and stay in our guesthouse. We thank you from the bottom of our heart, from where we will send you a personalized thought provoking new gift — handmade in Palestine.

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