July 23 – 28, 2018

Observations and Answers

Craig Barrow

One of the fundamentals of design is observing the world and asking an interesting question. These observations, questions and responses can be created in many different ways.

The aim of this course will be to build observational and reflective skills. Engaging with everyday occurrences and phenomena from science, architecture, and nature and find ways in which these can be utilised, interfered with or mimicked in a design, architectural or sculptural context with the intention of producing installations, sculptures or models.

Through exploring the surroundings of the Bauhaus monument and observing on both the macro and the micro, participants will reflect on what they have seen, felt and experienced. Looking at things from textures, structures, chemical and physical changes to growth decay, cycles, patterns, chance occurrences, interactions, partnerships, and relationships.

The course will undertake a series of hands-on making, drawing, and social workshops. Participants will explore and develop concepts based on observations, creating outcomes in response to them; either from a large part of what has been experienced or merely be using a small element as a catalyst.

Throughout these workshops, participants will be noting and reflecting collected observations and developing ideas and concepts towards their final outcomes of the week.


Best suited for: designers and artists, students and professionals or anyone with good observational skills and an interest in hands on, three-dimensional exploration of materials and lateral thinking. Basic making skills or understanding of making useful.

Course languages: English

What to bring: materials will be provided however students would find useful a laptop and camera for research.

Craig Barrow (Nottingham, UK, 1990) is a design-based creator of objects, systems, and devices, graduating from the University of Brighton in 2012. His body of work takes inspiration from scientific and natural phenomena and processes, which are manipulated or, in part, reproduced to guide the final forms of his works.

Seeing design as responses to the world’s curiosities and shared relationships, much of his work serves as a platform for discussion and understanding of everyday occurrences. His thought-provoking pieces question the interactions we have with the world around us. Barrow takes a hands-on approach within his practice; material understanding and experimentation are a key factor, in combination with scientific and cultural research.

Alongside his practice, Barrow is a design and production consultant, with clients including artist Oliver Laric and designers Nelly Ben Hayoun and Peter Marigold, with projects shown at Secession, Vienna; Z33, Hasselt; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin and Metro Pictures, New York.

More info: http://craigbarrow.co.uk