Design workshops prepared by Polish and Swedish artists are to get children interested in the shared influences of Slavic and Scandinavian traditions.
The workshops refer to the Irrational Times exhibition. Classes are directed at children and non-experts and will consist in introducing the participants to the world of Slavic creatures living in forests and marshlands: rusałki (Rusalka, water nymphs) chochliki (fairies) and zjawy (ghosts). Participants will create their own projects based on the stories told of these creatures.
Under the guidance of professionals, children will design and produce motanka – traditional Slavic rag dolls made of cotton, created without using sharp tools (needles, scissors or pins). The Slavs believed that these puppets made of colourful offcuts could grant people's wishes.
The organisers' aim is to familiarise people with the designer's workshop based on particular examples. Children will learn how to address the theme of a project and bring it to reality whilst taking into account initial assumptions and technical limitations.
The workshops are led by the Kosmos Project.
Polish-Swedish Design Workshops
1st to 15th December 2015
Lilla torg 9
Source: press materials, edited by PW, 17 Oct 2015, translated by ND, 18 Nov 2015