This March marks the launch of the first takween residency, an eight-month residency for designers based in Jordan. Out of the 48 applications, four designers were selected by a jury of experts from the creative sector, to be this year’s takween residents.
The selected designers take part in a comprehensive learning program and a personal creative mentorship program run by local and international industry professionals. In addition, they will receive a grant of up to 8000 JOD aimed at kick-starting their personal businesses and launching their creative ideas. The residents will have access to a free work space and facilities in the takween creative space in Jabal Amman.
The takween learning program, taking place between March and June, offers modules in design research, writing and storytelling, image production, and value creation, with access to resources and skills in product development, making, prototyping, and materials.
The four designers were selected based on their proposed ideas, and a letter of motivation indicating their reasons for participating in the residency.
A selection committee, comprised of five jury members including Laura Hartz, director of the Goethe Institut, and Rana Beiruti, director of platform and Amman Design Week, who are collaborating partners in the launch of takween and its programs.
Other members of the selection committee included Nisreen Abu Dail, founder and designer at naqsh collective, as well as Hashem Joucka, a mixed-media artist, digital fabrication expert, and construction technologist based in Amman, and Jumana Jacir, a designer and entrepreneur who founded Kama Local Gourmet.
The selection committee evaluated the ideas for originality, innovativeness, clarity, project sustainability, and its fulfillment of the project’s objectives.
The four designers are:
- Farah Ajlouni
- Yacob Sughair
- Aseel Qawasmeh
- Zeid Hijazi