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Post Forma
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By Paul Marcus Fuog

Post Forma catalogue

Workshop outcome. Black Box by Tin Nguyen

Post Forma was a workshop I ran with Martino Gamper and RMIT Design Hub. It culminated in an exhibition that was mounted alongside Martino’s remarkable project 100 Chairs in 100 Days.

Eleven invited design researchers and practitioners came together over three days to take part in Post Forma: a workshop of collaborative making and ideas exchange that explored cultural diversity in Melbourne.

100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper. On exhibition at RMIT Design Hub.

The workshop explored narrative-based design and focussed on multiculturalism from a social, political and cultural perspective.

We asked participants to research the surrounds of Design Hub, documenting their observations through photography. They were then required to select a single photograph – this was to become the catalyst for their subsequent creation.

Limited to only three days participants had to assemble a one-off object formed from discarded and new materials that communicated a story that leapt off from their selected image.

Martino and workshop participants Daniel To and Emma Aiston.

Post Forma participants in the RMIT workshop.

Post Forma explored and emphasised alternative models for using design and making;

• Design as a tool to learn about other people.
• Design for communication – as a way of sharing narratives and telling stories.
• Design experimentation using discarded materials and found objects with no perceived value.
• Cross-pollination and networking with researchers and designers from different disciplines and backgrounds.
• Opportunity to practice working within specific parameters – limited materials, limited resources, limited time.

 

Post Forma. Exhibition of outcomes at RMIT Design Hub

Post Forma. Exhibition of outcomes at RMIT Design Hub

The workshop culminated in an exhibition of the ideas, mock-ups and prototypes made. It presented new possibilities for objects as drivers for social reflection. 

 

Workshop outcome. Yes, No, Maybe by Ed Cutting.

Workshop outcome. My Compilation by Simone LeAmon.

Workshop outcome.  Awk-mented realilty by Christie Petsinis.

Photography: Tobias Titz

Making Do Again
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By Paul Marcus Fuog

Making Do was a workshop U-P delivered in 2014 at MPavilion with friends Jacob Klein from Haw-Lin and Adli Klein from Such Agreeable Friends. We returned to MPavilion this summer to deliver the second workshop of this series titled Making Do Again

Once again, the workshop focused on thinking as making, trusting your intuition, rapid creation, being present in the moment and iteration as a testing and refinement methodology in the making process.

Participants were presented with a selection of common materials: bits of rope, timber, bamboo, recycled plastic bags, tarp etc. Responding to the the theme of shelter, focusing on protection against the elements, they were tasked to create three outcomes with a time limit of 15 minutes for each response. Participants were encouraged to use their bodies as a vehicle for their creation.

The workshop encouraged design experimentation, improvisation and active thinking. Participants were challenged to think as they make. Through jumping in and using their hands to dismantle, deconstruct, join, stack and rearrange materials, participants created responsive and reactionary situations. As each participant immersed themselves in the activity of destruction and making they began to remove the traces of the original item and started to provide new meaning and context for the materials they were using.

Making Do
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By Paul Marcus Fuog

MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Last summer we teamed up with Jacob Klein from Haw-Lin and Adli Klein from Such Agreeable Friends to deliver a workshop for MPavilion in Melbourne titled Making Do.

Creative output is often crippled by overthinking. All creatives are familiar with the paralysing effect of projecting too far ahead and focusing on outcomes. Procrastination, sitting infront of a blank computer screen, over complication and confusion are all too common aspects of the working lives of designers.

This workshop was about thinking as making, trusting your intuition, rapid creation and being present in the moment. Sometimes just by starting something we are able to spark new creative thought–and then evolve and develop ideas while doing.

Uriah, Adli, Jacob, Paul

We presented each participant with a box containing a collection of unremarkable materials–things you would likely find lying around the home. Participants were then tasked with making four pairs of shoes with 15 minutes allowed per pair. The shoes needed to have functional and aesthetic qualities but the style was completely up to the participant.

In between the 15 minute making intervals participants needed to present and discuss their shoes to the group by walking in them to a nearby platform.

The workshop encouraged design experimentation and improvision. It was about jumping in, not overthinking and not looking back. It was wonderful to observe the different approaches. One participant cleverly evolved his shoe design at each interval–embedding new learning from the previous round into each subsequent iteration. By the end of the hour his shoes where relatively resolved. Others experimented with completely new designs each time. And some participants incorporated the developments and thinking of others into later iterations, demonstrating how design can be shared.

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