Experimental traditions

An education project with students from Lisbon

We teamed up with the textile department at António Arroio Art & Design School in Lisbon for an inspiring four-month collaboration with their final year students. We started by sharing our work methodology as designers in the context of crafts, followed by a hands-on research assignment. Along the process we gave several feedback sessions and finished with a final presentation by the end of the semester. 

The students first encounters with traditional crafts kicked off with a deeper look into vegetable fibres and traditional basketry. Then  they researched traditional weaving patterns, materials and techniques from Portugal. Working in groups, they quickly started to play around with techniques and materials on different looms and in the printing workshop. 

As a result they turned woven fibres into printing patterns, tested new weaving techniques with threads and fibres on the loom and created patterns with the traditional “puxado” technique. Besides, we challenged them to test natural dyeing recipes on tricky vegetable fibres such as palm or bulrush.

Thanks to an enthusiastic group of students and three dedicated teachers, this collaboration resulted in inspirational samples and product research, which were shown at their final year's exhibition at the Luís de Camões Library in Lisbon. 

March-June 2023 
In partnership with António Arroio Art & Design School, Lisbon
Works by: Íris da Paz, Kai Camelo, Rosa Aboim Inglez, Zoé George, Margarida Carvalho, Matilde Almeida, Rita Vitoriano, Beatriz Brito, Fabiana Lota, Francisca Dias.
Supervision: Ana Gonçalves, Glória Oliveira, Márcia Mendes.

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