Kids have a special set of eyes to watch the world. Their creations are naive and full of dreams. There is something extremely positive in childhood: children have this surprising freshness and honesty that we can only aspire to comprehend. They have no experience; they are virgin of competition and promotion. They build crudely and dirtily and do not focus on the look of their design: it is too long and superficial. During our workshops, we try to show the children some new ways to connect their fantastic imagination with functionality. Our students hold a certain imagination that designers can only envy. Their creations are surprising, probably thanks to their spontaneity and their naivety facing judgment.

Hina and Olivia

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Fourth Marveland Workshop

Thursday, November 11th

For this fourth workshop we had our two usual involved participants: Lewis and Jon. A friend of theirs, Joseph, joined us to enjoy this creative moment.

As we wanted to teach them what is a function we decided to work with a common object
again: a plastic bottle. We showed them two bottles: a plastic and a glass one. We asked
them to compare these and to write a list of the differences in term of quality, shape, weight...

Immediately, Jon was very inspired. He told us "we can melt them." Olivia asked him for an
approximate temperature but the only thing he wanted was to experiment putting the
bottle of plastic in the oven. So we fulfilled his wish. Squatting in front of the oven, he was observing the plastic bottle’s transformation as it was the Seven Wonders of the World. After this first try we could not stop him anymore. «Another one! Another one! » he told us. Then, we explained to him what the “series” in design is; He decided to create a family of “melted-bottles”.

He created seven objects out of the bottles we gave him, each one having its own particularity. The bottle was distorting in different ways according to the time spent in the oven and depending on the amount of air enclosed in the bottle: the plastic bottle shrunk, inflated, melted and transformed into different shapes. One model even exploded in the oven: BANG!

As it was a family of bottles, he gave each one a name. He referred some of his creation to the
animal world: the bottle with a sinuous shape became the” Snake”, the one with a bulb on the
top became the “Xolhippo” and the name of the big bottle which exploded on the oven was
called “Rattle shark”.

Lewis focused on the weight of the bottles.

According to him the plastic bottle has an aerodynamic shape that reminded him of a rocket: of
course! Let’s do it! Lewis, the astronaut, explained to us how to make it and gave us some special instructions. He had specific inquires: a red balloon inflated with helium, a bottle, and a paper cone on the top of the whole structure. Yes, a rocket is not a rocket if it doesn’t have a tip pointing to the sky, is it?

Inspired by "the last despairing bid for help", he suggested putting a message on it: the rocket became the “messenger rocket”: a good way to express yourself and communicate with your friends. We threw the balloon over the balcony and his message flew away.

Joseph got his inspiration from the bottom of the bottles. He noticed the weird shape of it.

The humpy shape of the plastic bottom has found an admirer! He used the bottle as a telescope; he held it in front of his eyes and enjoyed the blurred vision through his plastic binoculars. Why do we always have to invent instrument to see perfectly when we have the possibilities to create fantastic worlds?

Who said that the real world has to be straight? Joseph designed a new way of observing and
watching: everything is blurred and funny!

Then, he drew a series of bottles.

And finally, to end this intense session, we asked them to draw a portrait of us.

According to Jon we don’t have a nose: good to know. Also, we seem to have very flexible legs...
Lewis has been inspired by Picasso, well done!
DING DONG! Mummy is here!!!
Lewis:“Oops don’t have time to write your name Hina.”
Hina & Olivia: “No worries, see you next week.”

Hina et Olivia

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London, East London, United Kingdom
Olivia and Hina met in France in 2005, during their Art and Design Bachelors at ESAD de Reims. They both studied together for their Masters in London, at the renowned Royal College of Art, in Platform 10, where they graduated from Design Products in 2009. Since Then, designer and Illustrator Olivia Decaris has spent her time working from her own studio, running workshops and participating in design groups throughout Europe while negotiating her first projects going into production. In the meantime, Hina Thibaud has been working on the design of a hat collection in collaboration with knitters and stylists and has started developing children products such as My Theatre Suitcase. A common interest in the theme of ‘childhood’ has united the two designers on collaborative projects such as the instauration of Children’s design workshops and the curation of exhibitions.