For the first time in the history of Handwerk + Form, joint projects of Werkraum Bregenzerwald members and international design schools will be presented in a non-competitive special exhibition. The prototypes can be seen at the local inn, Jöslar, as a part of the Handwerk + Form walkabout.
Jöslar (local inn)
Hof 139, Andelsbuch
October 13 / 14 / 18 / 19 / 20 /21, 2018
10 am – 6 pm
Designing Craft – Crafting Design
Under this title, RCA students looked into the relations between craftspeople and designers and the dynamics underlying their collaborations. Supervised by design collective Diaméter, the students from London were encouraged to reflect on their positions as designers in an urban context in relation – or contrast – to the people of Werkraum Bregenzerwald practising their crafts and trades. The exhibition highlights three aspects of this analytic process and the encounters of young designers and master craftspeople: Material culture in the Bregenzerwald, visibility and invisibility of craftsmanship, and recontextualisation and new approaches to materials and practices.
Royal College of Art, London
New ways of doing crafts – new ways of doing business
Even the most beautifully designed and most perfectly executed objects are of no use, if they don’t find their market in the end. New approaches are needed in the development, marketing and design of products; methods that stand out from conventional, industrial mass production. Teams of NDU students and Werkaum members worked on tailor-made product designs and prototypes for individual businesses and also drafted concepts and strategies for their financing and usability in the framework of manual production, with the Werkraumhaus shop serving as a potential point of sale.
Bachelor program Manual and Material Culture, New Design University, St. Pölten