Amman Design Week, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, recently concluded its first workshop in the Textile Innovation Lab series, under the title ‘Material Innovation’. The workshop, which ran between the 9th and 18th of December of last year, was facilitated by German textile expert Annette Fauvel, who was accompanied by Jordanian designer Basma Omar and ten participating designers, artists, and creators from different specialities and backgrounds.
This year, in an effort to join forces and create regional collaboration, Amman Design Week will be supporting local designers to showcase and exhibit their work in Dubai. The exhibition, taking place from 13 – 16 November, is set up as part of Dubai Design Week 2018’s Downtown Editions, a new element to the Downtown Design Fair.
This collaboration between Amman Design Week and Fab Lab Irbid / Luminus Shamal Start selected and sponsored five participants to enroll in a seven-week maker residency on digital fabrication. The residency offered participants seed money and services to research, develop, and produce proposed projects and prototypes during the seven weeks.
In a continued partnership with the Microfund for Women, Amman Design Week selected twelve beneficiaries with varying artisanal skills to be part of a workshop on creative skill building, run by Amani Qaddoumi.
As an important step towards realizing our individual roles in building and directing a conversation about contemporary design and culture in the region, and towards building a generation of cultural practitioners and thinkers, Amman Design Week has just concluded a six-week intensive introductory course on curating contemporary design in the Middle East, which ran from 1 April - 12 May, 2018.
This year’s highlight is the first ever Amman Design Week Student Exhibition. Selected students are taking part in a mentorship program, where they work one-on-one with design specialists and experts to develop ideas and produce design works. © Amman Design Week 2017