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From Craft to Art: Community based Art Development Project

Second Year [2015-2016]

By British Council, SDC [Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Embassy of Switzerland] and New Zero Art Space

Region Workshop in Mon State [25th August – 4th September, 2015]

Workshops in Muduu village and Ywalut village

As the second regional workshop of the second year project phase the team of New Zero went to the Ogre Island [Beluu Kyun] in Mon state to bring out the workshop by working together with wooden cottage industries and the slake businesses there. Beluu Kyun is the beautiful island of Mon ethic where the Buddhism is gracefully developed. Mon people are very good at religions and very gentle. The most important thing is only business of slakes and smoking pipe can be only found at Beluu Kyun. “Made in Ywalut” is famous for its smoking pipes business since over a hundred years ago. And mount “Muduu” is where people can live by slake business though only very few of people still use slake as school stationary.

For about [10] days, the workshop team went around the island, met the artisans and learnt the crafts of the island. Not only smoking pipes and slakes, there are several items made from wood and bamboo. Differently from the previous workshops, the workshop in Beluu Kyun was at the houses of the artisans gathering and discussing for the future networking with the project. The workshop sections were taking place in two villages, Ywalut and Muduu day by day. Within the sections, the team and the artisans discussed not only about new products and design based production but also about preserving lesser production of smoking pipes and slakes.

From Craft to Art: Community based Art Development Project

Second Year [2015-2016]

By British Council, SDC [Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Embassy of Switzerland] and New Zero Art Space

Region Workshop in Tanintharye region [20th – 29th September, 2015]

Workshops in Dawai

Dawai is remarked as one of the most beautiful places of Myanmar for its bluely MaungMaKan Beach and the nature. Not only the nature but also handy crafts in Dawai are very colourful. Mat productions from the local plants, bamboo works and seashell works can be found in the villages of Dawai and MaungMaKan Beach. Though bamboo crafts can be seen in other parts of Myanmar, the ones in Dawai are very much details and more beautiful. Though the beach is extremely beautiful, the seashell business in MaungMaKan is not that develop compare to other beaches in Myanmar such as Ngwe Saung and Napali. Local plants to making mats are distinct because of the expansion of housing.

Based on the findings within the stay in Dawai, the workshop team figured out what should be delivered to the artisans to develop their business and the approach to the new market for future new design production. And then within the workshop the team discussed about the small design based production for the situation of decreasing materials and the environmental friendly production to avoid the chemical died mat productions. For the bamboo and the seashell works, the team delivered the different design references and how to combine the materials.

From Craft to Art: Community based Art Development Project

Second Year [2015-2016]

By British Council, SDC [Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Embassy of Switzerland] and New Zero Art Space

Yangon based Workshop [15th – 25th October, 2015]

Led by  Ms.Supawadee Juysukha [Rangsit University, Thailand] and U Ye Zaw Latt [MBA] Myanmar

Venue – New Zero Art Space

[11] days design development project was conducted at New Zero Art Space in Yangon with [19] participants from Dawai [Tanintharye Region], Beluu Kyun [Mon State] and Matupe region [Southern Chin State]. The workshop included not only design ideas development and design concepts but also business management and marketing ideas. Within the workshop days, the workshop leaders and the participants worked together to understand each other and to learn the new things respectively. Though design approach methods are not that familiar to Myanmar artisans, all the participants tried their best to figure out their identity and the role of their crafts. Though most of the days were in the room studying, exchanging ideas, mind mapping and brain storming, the group of workshop also visited to several arts and crafts businesses and shops within the city for one day to see the different quality, display and to understand the market demand and the business models.   

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