The Crafts District, curated by Arini, offers audiences (and children) a chance to engage with crafts through the act of play. The design of the spaces and journey of the exhibition spaces take audiences through a choreography of play.
At the food area, (DIS)CONNECT by Daniel + Qusai is a playful and colorful installation made for the purpose of abandoning tech devices and engaging socially while being “at the edge of your seat”.
Also intended as a shelter for gathering, inviting audiences under its shade or to explore its details, tensegrity, designed by Yazeed Balqar, is a geodesic dome reminiscent of a four frequency Buckminster Fuller dome, made out of PVC pipes, wood, and steel wire cables.
‘Stitches in Space’ by architect Ruba Asi is one such installation. Made of rattan cane and reed, the installation is comprised of four stitching screens and equipped with jute ropes and giant wooden needles, allowing children to engage in a magnified act of weaving. The act of stitching becomes a kinesthetically demanding experience, as children immerse themselves in the act of weaving using their whole body.
Furthermore, children and adults alike can join Lena Kassicieh for an interactive handmade rubber stamps and print installation that allows audiences to create bespoke patterns of different colors and compositions on fabric.
The Crafts District is a place for interaction and experiencing the handmade. For this reason, several workshops taking place at the Crafts District include learning experiences in music, printmaking, materials, and for a really messy experience, JOTUN Jordan is hosting a clay painting session at the Kabariti Village for the family to enjoy.