Collaborations Design Workshop

Precious Wood Workshops 2024

The workshops organised by University of Applied Sciences, faculty Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg will offer young designers, craftspeople and creatives an opportunity to experiment with wood, guided by mentors in engineering, craft, and design. Through lectures, workshops and field trips, participants will explore innovative uses of wood in the 21st century, fostering multidisciplinary collaboration and creative proposals. The workshops will produce a series of completed exhibition-quality pieces, expressive studies and prototypes.

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16-27 September 2024 | Schneeberg, Germany | Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau (WHZ)

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The workshops provide the younger generation of designers, craftspeople and other creatives the possibility to explore the material wood in an experimental way guided by mentors encouraging with their supportive skills in the field of engineering, craft and design. Lectures, workshops and field trips help to create an entirely creative journey giving a glimpse of what a design study or a craft training might look like.

The objective is to push the boundaries of what the material wood and its processing methods can be used for in the twenty-first century in a beautiful, intelligent and compelling way. Furthermore, the workshops will bring together a younger generation with craftspeople and design mentors, celebrating a multidisciplinary way of sharing knowledge. The structure of the workshops fosters the development of collaborative creative proposals by taking advantage of the aesthetic as well as functional characteristics of the different raw materials and techniques.

The participants will create a series of completed exhibition-quality pieces, as well as expressive studies and prototypes that will be presented in two exhibitions in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in Schneeberg, Germany in 2025.

Open Call

Deadline for applications: 4 August 2024

The workshop in two rounds invites a younger audience interested in the topics design, crafts and art. The workshops provide the possibility to explore the material wood in an experimental way guided by mentors encouraging with their supportive skills in the field of engineering, craft and design. Lectures, workshops and field trips help to create an entirely creative journey giving a glimpse of what a design study or a craft training might look like.

The objective is to push the boundaries of what the material wood and its processing methods can be used for in the twenty-first century in a beautiful, intelligent and compelling way. The workshop series will be held in the context of the Made In Platform for Contemporary Crafts & Design EU project and the results will be shown in two exhibitions in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in Schneeberg, Germany in 2025.

The aim is to bring together a younger generation with craftspeople and design mentors, celebrating a multidisciplinary way of sharing knowledge. The structure of the workshops fosters the development of collaborative creative proposals by taking advantage of the aesthetic as well as functional characteristics of the different raw materials and techniques.

Participants have the opportunity to learn from craftspeople and design mentors, practice a collaborative design process and explore a series of techniques that can enrich the development of their practice. Craftspeople and participants will be able to look at their practice from different perspectives and absorb a wide range of inspirations, explorations and new experiences. It is planned to create a series of completed exhibition-quality pieces, as well as expressive studies and prototypes.

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    Photo: Dorothea Vent

WORKSHOP DATES
Term 1: SEPTEMBER 16th – SEPTEMBER 20th 2024
(arrival on the September 15th + departure on the September 21st)
Term 2: SEPTEMBER 23rd – SEPTEMBER 27th 2024
(arrival on the September 22nd + departure on the September 28th)

WHO CAN APPLY
Applicants need to
— be over 18 years old at time of application
— have good knowledge of English because all sessions will be held in English
— be able to attend the whole week of courses
— live in Europe and be able to travel in Europe

APPLICATIONS
until August 4th 2024 (11:50 pm CET).
Successful candidates will be notified by the August 9th 2024 via email.

LIST OF WORKSHOPS
Wood and Motion: Parametric Structures with Jan-Erik Schützhold
Twisting Shapes and Colours with Marlen Tröger and Roman Krohs
Addwood: maximum sustainability for the most precious material with Uwe Bodenschatz and Michael Rosenthal
UserFeel with Nicole Schumann-Sizaret
Exploring the chip basket manufacture with Annette Rüffer
Carving out your cultural background with Lotte Pönnighaus and Lars Neubert
A taste of chair making: Crafting a Solid Wood Stool with Stefan Heinz
Sitting on trees: Chainsaw Art with Jens Gebhardt

LECTURERS
Johanna Seelemann
WESTOSTERON, Clemens Haufe & Sven Deutloff
STREEV, Max & Kay Boll
ROWAC, Dieter Amick
Atelier Hans Brockhage, Moritz Richard Schmidt
STOOL KLAUS, Max Stralka

More info and how to apply>>