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Bio-Based Products: A Design Workshop with Olive Pomace

17-19 April 2020, Karaburun, Izmir, Turkey

Project Pomace invites all designers who are interested in a circular design to experiment together in a 3-day workshop. We have been working on the development of bio-based materials by using olive pomace. Now it is time to take it a step further and start designing bio-based products. To this end, we want to collaborate with designers from different disciplines in a hands-on workshop in April.

During this workshop, we will share our material designs and strategies for using them with the participants. We aim to come up with bio-based product concepts by the end of these 3 days with the participants. If promising concepts arise, we will keep collaborating with their designers until the end of June to develop prototypes. These prototypes will be displayed in a number of design exhibitions in the Netherlands and Turkey.

We have limited seats for this workshop, therefore, we will need to make a selection among the applicants based on their experiences and interests. The participation fee (250 TL) covers the costs of the workshop materials and tools, meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, refreshments) and transport from the city center to the workshop venue. We offer up to 2 scholarships for the participants with limited resources. We can recommend a nearby hotel for accommodation. You may also bring your own sleeping bag and stay overnight at the workshop venue free of cost.

This workshop is organized by the Project Pomace team and coordinated by Serdar Aşut (architect/academic, the Hague), Iris Jönsthövel (product designer, Rotterdam) and Betül Hafızoğlu (product designer, Izmir). It is supported by the Creative Industries Funds NL and Karaburun Municipality. Olive Academy (Zeytin Okulu) is hosting the workshop in a nice venue in Inecik village of Karaburun. More information on the project and the team can be found at http://www.pomace.nl.

When you are interested in joining the workshop, please fill in the Pre-Application Form below (deadline of application is the 1st of March). If you have any questions you may contact us via randomworks.nl@gmail.com.


The brief schedule of the workshop is as follows:

17 April Friday

10:00 Meeting at the Olive Academy, Inecik, Karaburun
10:00 – 12:00 Introduction, Warm-ups
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 17:00 Material Explorations
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner

18 April Saturday

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 Design Thinkering & Idea Generation
12:00 – 14:00 Easy hike on the Olive Road with picnic lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Conceptual Design
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner

19 April Sunday

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 Design Detailing
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Presentation and Reviews


Frequently asked questions:

– Who is the workshop for?
– It is for designers from any field. We think that particularly product, fashion, architectural and interior designers would fit the best. Artists who work with tangible materials are more than welcome too. You don’t have to have experience in bio-based materials but an interest in the topic is required. Most importantly, we hope to meet creative and motivated people who are open to collaboration.

– Will the workshop be in English?
– Yes.

– What is the scholarship for?
– In case you are a right profile for this workshop but have limited resources (ie. because you are a student, unemployed, etc.) let us know in the application form. We can waive the participation fee for up 2 to participants who match these criteria.

– How will I pay?
– We will select the participants based on the pre-applications. The selected participants will receive further information from us including the payments.

– How much will the accommodation cost?
– It depends on your preference. We received an offer from a small nearby hotel (Ihlamur Pansiyon). You may stay there for 80 TL per person per night. You may sleep at the workshop venue for free in your own sleeping bag. And of course, you may prefer anything else that works the best for you.

– Do I need to join the entire program?
– Yes. It will be quite a busy schedule and we aim to produce a few good concepts to follow-up later on.

– What do you mean by follow-up?
– We see this workshop as a first step for longer collaboration. We want to keep working with the participants after the workshop and produce product prototypes to be exhibited in a number of exhibitions. We will see how it goes during the workshops and plan the next steps together.

– What kind of food will be served?
– We don’t know this yet. Most likely it will be local food prepared by the residents of the village. We can take your dietary requests into consideration if communicated on time.

If you have any questions you may contact us via randomworks.nl@gmail.com or fill the contact form below.

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