This year at the Craft District, we focus on the journeys of materials by following how each matter is transformed from its raw state to a composite through processes of aggregation to objects through the labor of craft. The histories of crafts and the abundance of materials in the Levant have continuously acted as resources and depositories generative of creative and imaginative crafting and design processes. In other words, the craft and the relation to the material is where the magic comes from.
In this workshop we start from this collective and spiritual journey. We delve deeper into tackling the material resources and how the material itself can be a motivator of imagination. We start by allowing the participants to see materials in their raw and natural forms and where they come from. Through this process, we collect and archive the locally available materials found. Through this journey of seeing, collecting and archiving, we attempt to create a common and open source of knowledge for all potential users. It is conceived to be a collective and growing source of knowledge about the materials of the Levant based on the continuous and changing process of researching, gathering, and utilizing regional materials.