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Designers in Residence 2019 at EMMA Creative Center

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Published: 04.06.2019
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Sheng-Hung Lee, Dabin Lee and Ganit Goldstein, photo by Winfried Reinhardt..
Sheng-Hung Lee, Dabin Lee and Ganit Goldstein, photo by Winfried Reinhardt.

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An oversized brooch with a political message, 3D-printed clothing and shoes, combined with hand-crafted methods and objects derived from observations of our surroundings: An exhibition at the EMMA, Creative Center Pforzheim.
For three months Pforzheim is the living and working location of three international young designers. Fashion designer Ganit Goldstein coming from Israel, South Korean jewelry designer Dabin Lee and Taiwanese industrial designer Sheng-Hung Lee are taking part in the scholarship program Designers in Residence, a yearly program from the City of Pforzheim that was created with the collaboration of the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim and the Design Center Baden-Württemberg and takes place from April to June in EMMA – Creative Center.

With the scholarship program we want more than to just give young designers an opportunity to focus only in their project for three months, we are rather aiming to show to the public which topics currently concern international young designers the most. This year the chosen projects question for example the function of jewelry, suggest new possibilities and also show new approaches towards 3D printing technology, explained Almut Benkert, head of the Creative Industries department in Pforzheim.

Fashion designer Ganit Goldstein works on the interface of tradition and innovation. The vision behind the experimental collection is to explore the relationship between body, form and technology. Her collections, which include shoes, jewelry and clothing, combine traditional weaving techniques with 3D printing. With all the developments and possibilities offered by technology such as 3D printing, we must not lose sight of traditional craft techniques, says Ganit Goldstein. That is why she combines traditional weaving and computer programming in each piece. Ganit’s projects also involve an experimental approach using a 3D body scanner in order to produce customized fashion garments – that fit a specific body. She is currently experimenting a new process where she directly 3D prints patterns on wearable fabric, enabling her to digitally manipulate the physical properties of the fabric as well as to have complete control over the design, geometry and customizing of the pieces.

Jewelry designer Dabin Lee is working on large-scale jewelry, blurring the boundaries between wearable jewelry and objects. Jewelry can be more than just something beautiful to look at, it is beyond luxurious wearable objects. For me, jewelry is a mean of conveying a message, says Dabin Lee. Her current project denounces the environmental damage caused by plastic waste. Today, everything is packaged in plastic, we consume vast amounts of plastic without worrying about the consequences for the environment, says Dabin Lee. So she is using the scholarship to work on her largest piece to date, a 120 x 120 cm brooch. As in her previous works, she uses a technique called tufting: Fine, colorful metal wires which are processed as in carpet knotting, creating a structure that reminds the observer of fur. At first glance, my pieces seem colorful and cheerful, but if you take a closer look and touch the cold metal, you are reminded that reality looks different, explains Dabin Lee.

Sheng-Hung Lee has been writing a book titled Small things with big heart at EMMA Creative Centre in Pforzheim. During his explorative tour in Pforzheim, he observes the surroundings and people in the city, and documents scenarios or objects that inspire him: For me, things that other people take for granted are things a designer should perceive from a different perspective, says Sheng-Hung Lee. During a visit to the local stamp shop Stempel Weeber, for example, he noticed that it was often difficult to align the stamp correctly, and thought of, therefore, finding a solution through cooperation with the company. The result, together with other products, is a book that documents his working process, which will be exhibited. Sheng-Hung Lee also uses 3D printing as part of his working process: 3D printing gives me the opportunity to print and test my products directly on site as prototypes. It's also cheaper than CNC milling, for example, he explains.

All three designers were enthusiastic about the opportunity to spend three months working on a project that really matters to them, and exchanging ideas with designers from other countries and disciplines in the meanwhile. We are working together as a team for three months, giving each other feedback on our projects and engaging with each other a lot, says Ganit Goldstein. Sheng-Hung Lee adds: Especially when you free yourself from working days like me, a scholarship like Designers in Residence is a great opportunity to concentrate on your own work instead of doing assigned tasks.

Designers in Residence will also continue next year: The call for proposals for the 2020 stay will start in mid-September of 2019.


Exhibition "Designers in Residence 2019"
28th of June to the 7th of July 2019.
Opening hours: Wed. to Fri. 1 pm - 7 pm, Sat. to Sun. 11 am - 7 pm.
EMMA - Creative Centre Pforzheim, Emma-Jaeger-Straße 20, 75175 Pforzheim, Germany.
Vernissage on Thursday, 27th of June, 7 pm.

Welcoming:
Almut Benkert, Head of Department Creative Industries, Economics and City Marketing Pforzheim.
Michael Throm, Head of the Faculty of Design at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences.
Introduction:
 Ganit Goldstein, Dabin Lee, Sheng-Hung Lee.
From 17 September to 17 October 2019, the exhibition will also be shown at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart in cooperation with the Design Center Baden-Württemberg.
 
Dabin Lee is working on her piece, photo by Winfried Reinhardt..
Dabin Lee is working on her piece, photo by Winfried Reinhardt.

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Ganit Godlstein and Dabin Lee are talking about their project, photo by Winfried Reinhardt..
Ganit Godlstein and Dabin Lee are talking about their project, photo by Winfried Reinhardt.

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Ganit Goldstein is working on her piece, photo by Winfried Reinhardt..
Ganit Goldstein is working on her piece, photo by Winfried Reinhardt.

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Sheng-Hung Lee is working on his piece, photo by Winfried Reinhardt..
Sheng-Hung Lee is working on his piece, photo by Winfried Reinhardt.

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