This bamboo pavilion was created for a design workshop titled the ‘Design Innovation Pop-Up Studio’ held at the National Craft Institute (Institut Kraftangan Malaysia) Malaysia which ran for a week in February 2019. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie and her team from the Glasgow School of Art and supported by British Council Arts UK and Malaysia.
The craft institute is a vocational college which offers tertiary courses related to local crafts such as fabric weaving, batik painting, wood carving, rattan and metal crafting. Twenty-two students with the majority from the weaving studio participated in the design workshop. They were to come up with different ways to complete the framed bamboo structure using natural materials such as bamboo rings, split rattan and hemp strings and also items found around their design studio. They were also encouraged to draw inspiration from their own work, their surroundings and as well traditional and contemporary motifs, forms and techniques. The idea was to innovate and think beyond their curriculum.
Facilitators: Glasgow School of Art (Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie, Marian McAra) British Council UK (Elena Tamosiunaite) British Council Malaysia (Florence Lambert, Syarifah Said)
Architect: Eleena Jamil Architect (Eleena Jamil, Yow Pei San, Bahirah Rahman)
Institute Kraftangan Malaysia Lecturers (Nur Nadia Mohd Salleh Anuar, Abdullah Saari, Norizah Abdulah, Siti Noor Hazilah Maarop)
Institute Kraftangan Malaysia Students: Batik Studio: Hazlisya Asra Abd Rahim, Abdul Halim Mahmud Mansor; Woodcarving Studio: Nabila Suhada Sulaiman, Nur E’izzaty Muhamad Salimin, Metalwork Studio: Haslinda Abdullah, May Mei Lyana William; Ceramic Studio: Aina Fatihah Zulkiflee, Iklil Imanina Thein Han Jeff; Rattan Studio: Nur Aqalily Che Ismail, Helena Esan @ Hassan; Weaving Studio: Afiqah Azlan, Che Noor Ameera Al Hadis Che Azhar, Nuraliah Sarudin, Siti Nor Syafikah Abdul Razak, Nur Aziera Badrulhisham, Nur Alia Badrulhisham, Nur Fatin Najihah Fauzi, Nik Nur Raidha Farhanie Nik Razip, Nur Hafiezatul Nasyuhah Edid Maszuwin, Reymilda Natalia Joring, Nur Ezzaty Hanin Noorhayady, Nur Eliya Aqilah Zainal Azhar
Project Location: Insitut Kraftangan Negara (National Craft Institute), Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Bamboo frame fabricator: Bamboo Jungle Adventures