Ethnodesign Seminar (10.08 & 11.05)

Teacher: Zac Banik | Date: Sunday October 8 - Sunday November 5, 10am-4pm | Location: Offsite
Tuition: $250 |

In this two part seminar, students will combine ethnographic research with design thinking and critical making to explore the unique craft traditions of their ancestors. More info...

By examining the tools, aesthetics and techniques of the traditional crafts of their own people, students will gain understanding of the cultures these traditions were born from and will learn to apply this knowledge in the design of contemporary pieces. Students will find ways to weave their family stories into their making, and become part of reviving and sustaining the traditions of their people.

In the first session, students will bring heritage objects or research on traditional crafts from their background, to discuss possibilities for these techniques. Discussion will make way for instruction on the best practices for contemporary ethnodesign and students will leave with a blueprint for creating a new piece of work or series of work inspired by their personal heritage.

In the second session, students will bring completed work inspired by the first meeting, and come together in discussion and critique with the goal of expanding our understanding of successful ethnodesign practices and learning from each other's stories.

Students of all backgrounds are welcome; everyone has a unique cultural history and every culture has their own suite of traditional making practices. It is strongly recommended that students have some degree of formal education or prior experience in art, craft or design, for although students will have access to instructor feedback and advice between sessions, they will be expected to complete new work independently. Students are not expected to be experts; you are free to evaluate for yourself whether this sort of independent research is within your abilities.

This class meets at Zac's SE Portland studio on Sunday, October 8, and again on Sunday, November 5.

No previous experience necessary. This workshop is open to anyone 18 years old & over who meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for Studio Workshops. All participants must accept the inherent risks of participating in a Studio Workshop and agree to sign a liability waiver. This waiver describes in more detail the risks you assume by participating in a Studio Workshop. PLEASE carefully review it!

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