Design Miners are on air!
You can listen ‘Classic Design’ by Dariusz Stańczuk in RMF Classic when I talk about saving the history of Polish design exhibitions here.
...and on line!"Perks are brilliant and the doctoral thesis vital for Polish design history" -
"The heritage of our visual culture is worth saving" -
Design Miners at the London Design FestivalBashko Trybek's Made of Coal pieces was shown at the Young Creative Poland - 4 Years On exhibition during London Design Festival alongside the video teaser. Thank you all for popping in and the positive freedback!
What is the Design Miners all about?The Design Miners gets together people and organisations that want to get involved in digging into history of design and exhibitions in particular.
What coal has to do with design?The whole story begins with coal that used to be called Poland’s "black gold”. From the late 40s, in order to promote it on the international market, the state commissioned the best creative professionals to design trade fair displays that would impress audiences around the globe. These exhibitions – prepared by visionary graphic designers, architects, painters and musicians – are part of the bigger narrative that I am trying to explore.
Image courtesy of Stanisław Zamecznik Archive, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, www.artmuseum.pl/en = Image courtesy of Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. Cash for coalTo thank you, I curated a special collection of black gold pieces designed by rising stars of Polish design.
Thank you so much for your support! A unique hand-picked coal briquet that inspired Kazimir Malevich and Konstantin Gricic. Photo: Salvatore Gozzo. Courtesy of Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID).
An exclusive edition of Design Miners cotton tote bag. A specially prepared book featuring interviews with exhibition designers, an essay and selection of archival photographs from Polish design exhibitions that has never been published before. Your name will be credited in the book. Estimated delivery: January 2014.
An organic lump of activated Carbon Soap. Designed by Mamami Studio.
A pair of unique hand-crafted coal and 925 silver earings. Regular or irregular shapes, ⌀ 13 mm. Limited edition of 10. Designed by Pracownia broKat.
Original hand-crafted coal and 925 silver ring. Available in 2 shapes and 4 sizes (US): 8–15 mm, 13–17 mm, 15–17,5 mm, 16/17–18 mm. Designed and made in Poland. Limited edition of 10. Designed by Pracownia broKat. Original hand-crafted coal and 925 silver ring. Available in 2 shapes and 4 sizes (US): 8–15 mm, 13–17 mm, 15–17,5 mm, 16/17–18 mm. Designed and made in Poland. Limited edition of 10. Designed by Pracownia broKat.
An exclusive pair of hand-made coal and 935 silver cufflinks. Limited edition of 10. Designed by Pracownia broKat.
I invite you to explore the coal legacy in Poland. The tour includes architect guided tour of the award-winning Bolko mine converted into modern loft and a tour through mysterious underground passages of the historic "Guido" Coal Mine in Zabrze. (Includes dinner + accommodation for one night. Travel not included). Photo of Bolko Loft: Juliusz Sokołowski.
Contemporary design piece from “Made of Coal” collection by Bashko Trybek – one-off bowl commissioned by Depot Basel, presented during Milan Design Week 2013 and London Design Festival 2013 and featured in various design publications.
How the Design Miners was initiated?I started digging into the history of design exhibitions in 2011, when I was accepted on a doctoral program in History of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. The research gained recognition from the international Design History Society and the Polish Ministry of Heritage and Culture, which resulted in short term research grants. It was also included in the program of a conference organised at the Parsons’ New School of Design in New York, at the Royal College of Art in London and recently at the Modernist Studies Association annual conference held at the University of Sussex in at Brighton. I initiated Design Miners to raise funds to complete this research on time and save an important part of cultural, economical and political history of Eastern Europe from being forgotten. I need your help to make it happen.
What your money will go for?The money you will contribute will go towards researching the exhibitions' history. To complete it, I need to raise £38,700. That covers remaining tuition fees of £16,256 and the minimal costs of two years research – such as obtaining archival materials, travels, accommodation and other expenses. I set up the campaign goal as a moderate £10,000. This amount would enable me to cover part of the research expenses and continue the work. Design Miners is a flexible campaign, which means that if we reach the goal, the fees from indiegogo.com will be 4% instead of 9% of the raised amount.
Can I join?Yes! Just click on the "Contribute now" button on the right and choose the amount you want to support the project with. You can also spread the word about the Design Miners among your friends and family. Share info about the project on your Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. Thank you!
Who's that girl?Apart from doing this research, I also curate exhibitions, publish texts on design and teach graphic design students at Central Saint Martins, London. You can read more about the things I do in my online portfolio www.kasiajezowska.com.