The Building Baskets exhibition during the London Design Festival showcased a two-year design collaboration between the Design and Business Schools at Kingston University and the Lupane Women’s Center – a basket weaving enterprise that uses craft to empower women. The students worked with 26 highly skilled craftswomen, who used the students’ projects as a starting point and were then given time and space in a workshop environment to explore their own ideas, creativity and identity. The resulting prototypes make up the exhibition.
Building Baskets tests contemporary craft and entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe by developing new products and opportunities. The initiative is part of Project Kingston Africa, which is curated by Catherine McDermott and Candice O’Brien and designed by Simon Maidment and Carl Clerkin with the collaboration of graphic designer Pali Palavathanan (Johnson Banks) and SIF Harare. The project is part of the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012, which brings together cultural projects that investigate architecture and design around the world.