Curators: Anna Szwaja, Piotr Hojda
Authors: Sebastian Chojkowski, Majusa Fialkova, Ewa Gutek, Ewa Mach, Paulina Nowacka, Kaja Piaskowska, Bartłomiej Ryba, Agnieszka Stawowczyk, Wojciech Szkolarski – Studenci WFP ASP Kraków
All items presented at the exhibition are the result of massive efforts undertaken by the students from the Alternative Design Studio of the Department of Design Methodology at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. The subject assumed smart, simple and modern use of wicker and consideration of the capacity of local craftsmen. In the Malopolskie Province the traditional wicker craft was once a popular and profitable occupation. Unfortunately, now it is practiced almost exclusively by the eldest residents, who are complaining about the lack of interest in this field by younger generations. The products they offer are reproduced over and over again in the same manner, and do not always take into account the needs of contemporary users. These items also lack a fresh design that would attract new customers, who so far have not had good associations for wicker products.
Wicker is an extraordinary material. Firstly, it is eco-friendly. It not only grows quickly, but also can be easily disposed of, e.g. burnt or simply thrown away. Secondly, it stands out with its unique properties. With the right weaves and suitable design, wicker can be a very durable material. It is just a matter of identifying such specific advantages and using them to satisfy
a certain need. Here designers get a chance to show what they can do.
The presented items were made by Andrzej Żwawa (wiklina.eco.pl) and Krzysztof Wąsiołek (wiklinowykosz.pl), the rest of it was made by the students – contact with the material and thorough knowledge of available technology is the basis for a good design, which the Alternative Design Studio is trying to teach.