June 1, 2021 @ 1:40 PM
Over the past 7 years I've been undertaking a PhD to develop a new social design process. Publications that detail the approach are coming soon but here is brief summary of the intentions
Re-authoring Design is a social design process that builds on the theory and practice of narrative therapy. It is intended to be used by designers and communities to co-create objects and spaces that promote social growth. The process departs design’s traditional focus on problem solving and approaches change through a narrative lens, supporting communities to ‘re-author’ the stories that define their identity and reality. This is approached through:
Co-design is approached as a transformative process ...
September 8, 2020 @ 10:50 AM
Excited to be currently involved in My Plate, Your Plate - a storytelling and community arts cooking project where participants share recipes and stories. The project aims to build relationships between local residents and people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. A collaboration with Inner West Council, The Community Refugee Welcome Centre and my partner Caitlin Gibson (audio engineer). Read more about the project HERE, and an interview about Social Design and the project HERE
December 8, 2019 @ 4:10 PM
A portrait of my friends heading off to a picnic. Scary times. #climateaction
November 12, 2019 @ 12:24 PM
The Callan Park Tapestry Couch is finished!
It will be on display at the Balmain Edge Festival Nov 23-24, at the Community Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park.
This will be part of the Persian Coffee House installation, which is a whole weekend of performances, films, events, and delicious coffee
Sayd Abdali will be running Tapestry workshops 1:30-2:30pm both days.
On display there will also be a short film about the project made by Damon Amb.
Some information about the Tapestry Couch project:
The Tapestry Friendship Couch is a cultural development project that happened at the Community Refugee Welcome Centre over 20 weeks, bringing people from...
August 13, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
The Tapestry Couch project is running again!
As part of the Open Inner West Cultural program the Inner West Council have facilitated the project to run again, this time at the Callan Park Refugee Welcome Centre.
The project ran in a similar way, with a day of storytelling between local residents and people who had recently arrived in Australia. Together they shared stories about the things that they wanted to be represented in the design.
This included stories and symbols of home on one side and on the other a scene representing Callan Park.
The Harbour bridge representing the journey here and a strong icon that many people had in their minds before arriving in Sydney.
The tapestry was made during 5 months of workshops at the Welcome Centre, facilitated by Sayd and his wife Nazifa, and supported by Raffaela Cavadini (Community Arts Project Officer), Moones Mansoubi (Refugee Welcome Centre Coordinator) and Ingrid deMeyer – (Community Projects Coordinator).
Mehran and I then worked together to build the couch. This time I developed a design made form CNC cut plywood, with the intentino of making easier to run the project again!