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Serendipity Barefoot school of Craft – connecting innovation and craft

The collaborative design residency addressing  construction with sustainable materials and integration of crafts from the region is underway in Goa. Connecting innovation and craft, curators Annapurna Garimella and Dean D’Cruz follow Serendipity Art Festival’s vision to explore the idea of sustainability

Serendipity Arts Foundation (SAF) is conducting a residency as part of the project Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft: Made in Goa, an experimental design project that aims to explore collaborative design processes between architects and artisans of Goa to address sustainability, environment and market linkages for crafts. Eight architects from the first phase of the project conducted in 2017 are in participation at the two-week intensive residency that has been underway since May 9 and will culminate on May 21. Bangalore-based art historian and designer, Annapurna Garimella heading Jackfruit Research and Design and architect Dean D’Cruz from Goan design firm Mozaic are the curators and mentors for the architects.

The artisans will work with architects to address the contemporary needs for development of the products as well as address them in a way craft objects should be showcased to a larger public.

The intention of the project is to create buildable and sustainable public models, which are easily replicable and eco-friendly. The project endeavours to explore crafts of the region and ways to enable craftsmen to find easy markets to showcase their products through these public structures.

The idea behind the residency is to create a talking, working and a collaborative space for architects, craftspeople, curators and guides to unite and engage in a dialogue with craft communities through a language of sustainability. The residency will focus on teamwork skills, process of working on innovative designs and develop community interaction skills. Various aspects such as budgets, materials and safety measures, among others will be discussed.

Post the residency, teams incorporate multiple positive aspects of each model and develop three new structures that reflect the ethos of Goan craft and public interventions. SAF is working to identify spaces in two or three locations to disseminate the idea of the project

The final pavilions of the project will be open to public from November onwards to experience the space as well as craft objects. These pavilions will also be open during the Serendipity Arts Festival. Director of Serendipity Arts Foundation, Smriti Rajgarhia said: “We are pleased to conduct our first residency in Goa as part of the Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft: Made in Goa. Our idea behind the residency arises from the need for collaborative projects, which are required for adding value to the larger urban and creative cultural environments.”

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