Public Art Project

Textile Design Photography Workshop for Children

COMMON ROOM is an innovative, international project developed in Szczecin, Poland actively working since 2013. The project aims to promote cultural exchanges among young audiences through new technologies focusing on processes related to art and design. This Project is initiated and curated by Justyna WerbelL and Beata Kuracinska (Directors, Common Room, Poland). Contemporary Indian photographer Abul Kalam Azad, Director of Project 365 extended his services as Director of Common Room, India. Ms. Tulsi Swarna Lakshmi served as the Co-ordinator. The first interactive, live, participatory workshop was conducted on 23rd April 2016 in Tiruvannamalai and Szczecin. The workshop in India was led by Sri. Ramu Aravindan and Smt. Sreeja Nambiar, and in Poland by Michal Jurys. Shaji Jaleel (Videographer), Boney Keyar (Photographer and Lab technician) and Arjun Ramachandran (Technical) are the other team members of COMMON ROOM, India.

The children who took part in the Common Room combined design, photography and other related art forms to create a pattern, which was then reproduced on textiles. The designs and the clothes became part of an artistic installation in the Kids Love Design Festival, Poland. The participating children engaged in storytelling, drawing, designing and cyanotype printing sessions, and interacted with the children from Poland via online, live interactions.

The children created designs from leaves, flowers and other locally available natural materials, and the prints that were created were later hand-coloured. Textile designs were made from the prints, and exhibited in the Kids Love Design Festival, Poland. The next workshop will take place in the second half of 2016. Traditional weavers will be a part of this workshop and will share their expertise.

We are dedicated to reviving interest in traditional photographic and printmaking processes, and supporting contemporary photography. Our collaboration in Common Room is a step towards introducing children to photography, meeting artists, and giving them an opportunity to interact with children from a different cultural background. Cyanotype printing was specifically chosen as part of EtP’s aim of bringing analog photography to the next generation. The next workshop will take place in the second half of 2016. Traditional weavers will be a part of this workshop and will share their expertise.

COMMON ROOM 2016 PARTICIPANTS