In a lot of cultures craftspeople use natural materials from their immediate surroundings to create everyday utensils and utilities. These artisans have a rich knowledge of the origin and properties of these source materials, while our relationship towards materials, objects and their origins has become rather detached. Students too often start from an image and just buy ready-to-use materials online. They lack awareness of the choices they make. The result is a detached relationship with the origin, tactility, and emotional connection with our surrounding material world. Therefore, this summer camp by Soft Connection Lab x Nomadic School of Arts aims to radically counter this. This hands-on week origins in the idea of inspiring and encouraging students to look, experience, feel and map their immediate surrounding when selecting materials, and then harvest and incorporate it into a creation.
Specifically, during this summer camp, we want to explore how we can design based on (natural) materials available from our close surroundings, the urban wastelands, and the city where nature could grow without any restrictions. Together with an expert we’ll discover the potential of the urban flora, and which plants we can or can’t harvest. We connect these materials with the substantial expertise around textile connection techniques that Soft Connection Lab has built-up since e few years. These techniques are intentionally broken free from their conventional basketry application, to trigger a divers use in a variety of design fields. With this summer camp, we want to make a contemporary translation of a vanished normality.
What can you expect from the summer camp?
Would you like to take part? Or do you have still questions? Please write a short motivation of about 5-10 sentences by the 15th of July to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limited number of 12 (!) students that can participate. Towards mid-July we will let you know if you’re selected, ask you to transfer 25 euros and provide you with a detailed plan of the whole week.
(c) Giada Cicchetti & Dimitri Nassar
Date: 4 – 9 September 2023
Location: De Stadsmakers
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Would you like to take part? (or do you have any further questions?) Please write a short motivation (5-10 sentences) by the 15th of July, to: email@example.com. There is a limited number of 12 (!) students that can participate. Towards mid-July we will let you know if you’re selected, ask you to transfer 25 euros and provide you with a detailed plan of the whole week.