The International Academy of Arts Palestine, in Ramallah recently ran an Open Studio workshop which resulted in these brilliant embroidered masks below. One of these masks became the poster image for the Eye on Palestine festival. Their mode of operation is to bring designers and artists together with local craftsmen and create dialogue around the creation of ‘useful objects’ reflecting everyday Palestinian realities.
Other projects involved embroidering the Gaza scarf with deaf women and their most recent call out was for artists and designers who can stay in Ramallah and take part in Disarming Design, their inclusive design label. Last year they had a stand at Offprint Paris, an art-publishing fair in France.