For this second workshop, we had three participants: Yasin, Lewis and Omar (8 years old).
Omar is actually Yasin’s brother.
The work started immediately. They were extremely excited with the second session. We were happy about their positive attitude: motivation, enthusiasm and interest seem to be essential for creation.
We have chosen to divide the workshop in two parts: half an hour of three dimensional mock-ups and another thirty minutes of sketches.
• The 3 dimensional objects
As a brief, we had in mind to ask them to concentrate on tools, as we did during the previous workshop. We asked them to invent something to reproduce beautiful circles, as they all have some difficulties to draw perfectly round rings.
Omar, the oldest of the group, has created this instrument that vacuums ink and acts as a stamp to print some disk shape. A handle was integrated, to make it functional and easy to use. Designer Omar has also cut out a round piece of sponge to control the flow and to enable the colourful liquid to spread out regularly.
The youngest boy, Yasin, made a ring out of clay, to create ‘Os’. We believe it is dedicated to his older brother Omar. He also shaped some round smooth pebbles to steer his pencil in the good direction.
Yasin is the youngest, but he is the only one who can make the difference between a disk and
Hina asked them to imagine a seat as something that could support their young and light bodies
and on which they could rest. They started drawing.
"The power behind the throne"
Omar has drawn a Throne. He did not really use the world Throne, but he described his design as an extraordinary chair that would give him power, authority and dignity. Ahhhhhhhhh...it is the reason why he drew a crown, we thought. He also added some limbs, such as arms, hands and legs. As the name suggests, an Armchair needs Arms. But, we believe the hands were a bit more unusual. We first thought they were cup holders. No, according to the designer, they are part of the design and they are here to prevent him from leaving his powerful spot: the hands are shaking other hands and are opening the doors. The legs are also very important as they transport King Omar from Place to place. Yes, the throne walks and acts as a vehicle.
"Lounging in the air"
Lewis has imagined a Lounge chair with a massive back rest where he could lean back and relax.
To him, it is crucial to have an extra piece to have his legs supported. The chair is adjustable: the part for the feet can be folded under the sit if not in used and the back rest is retractable. Lewis Lounge chair can be employed as an ideal setting for a quick nap or as a reading area. But one of its additional qualities is to have integrated wings that can obviously fly and take the designer for a sky ride.
And then, after the furniture production, we suggested them to imagine a hat, to match with the shoes designed during our previous workshop.
"This is for men, This is for ladies"
That is for men, he said. For the lady, he has imagined a pink eared bowler hat, to listen to the gossips when it is cold.
The designers of this second Marveland session: Omar (8 years old), Lewis and Yasin