In a new British Council scheme, UK-based designer Sabrina Kraus Lopez lived and worked with Moroccan craftspeople from artisan platform the Anou, collaborating on new designs and approaches to traditional weaving, and exploring ways to use craft to tell their stories in new ways. DesignJunction welcomes four of these artisans, and uses the project as a starting point to hammer out the way forward for the collaborative relationships between artisans, craftspeople and designers from widely differing cultures.
The designjunction installation, designed and curated by the Faculty, includes the work produced during the residency alongside a documentary by filmmaker Simon Mills.
Kendall Robbins, Programme Manager, British Council Architecture, Design and Fashion
Sabrina Kraus López, textile designer and materials researcher
Rabha Akkaoui, President of Cooperative Chorouk (Flatweave Weaving, Natural Dyes)
Kenza Oulaghada, President of Association Tithrite (Flatweave Weaving)
Mustapha Chaouai, President of Association Nahda (Metalwork and Weaving)
Brahim El Mansouri, President of Association Ighrem (Woodcarving, Weaving, Crochet, Beadwork)
Aidan Walker, designjunction Seminar Programme Director
Global aesthetics and interest in regional artisans, craft and design work from all over the world has increased: London has become a hub for showcasing international art and design. But there is still very little opportunity for designers and artists from Africa to participate in, and benefit from, the growth of this global market. Africa Calling, the brainchild of design ‘editor’ Kathy Shenoy, aims to change all that.
‘Ubuntu’ is a phrase widely used in Southern Africa, meaning the ‘Universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.’
This discussion will explore pioneering new contemporary design collaborations between Africa and the UK – including the British Council’s Maker Libraries project in South Africa – a mentoring platform that connects young creative in SA and the UK via a new Open Source network.
15:00 – 17:00 – Collaboration through making session
Join designers Heath Nash (South Africa) and Yinka Ilori (UK/Nigeria) this afternoon on Stand F77 for a collaboration through making session.
Using Heath’s recycled plastic techniques and Yinka’s upcycling & storytelling, they will create a new piece of furniture as part of Africa Calling at Design Junction.
Kathy Shenoy, founder, Shake the Dust
Heath Nash, South African designer and sustainability practitioner
Laduma Ngxokolo, South African knitwear designer
Arieta Mujay, Creative Director at African Creative Collective
Sarah Rhodes, designer, jeweller and researcher at Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design, London
Aidan Walker, designjunction seminar Programme Director
For a fully fledged finale to the DesignJunction special ‘international day’, we call on the newly established China Design Centre to confound the critics of China as the dastardly world capital of rip-off, and explore the amazing wealth of creativity, ideas and originality that is currently sweeping that enormous nation – and, arguably, the world of western design. Of course a huge number of Chinese designers are western educated, and the east-west relationship looks set to remain a complex one, but there is no doubt that China’s dubious reputation from the point of view of western designers needs a re-think. A cross-cultural panel unpicks the issues.
Samuel Chan, Channels
Spencer Fung, Spencer Fung Architects
Marcus Jones, Stellar Works
Vivienne Huang, China Design Centre
Aidan Walker, designjunction Seminr Programme Director