Women’s Hands

WOMEN & RIGHTS – Providing women the tools to help other women develop craft skills  and achieve economic independence.

Activating people through creative practice and a repeatable process

What is it?

 

Women’s Hands is the collective name that Patrizia Scarzella – designer and journalist – has given to a series of experimental training projects carried out in Bangkok, Nong Khai, Manila, Nairobi (under the Networking Our Way Out of Poverty project promoted by the International Good Shepherd Foundation, in 2011-2013) and, in 2018 in the outskirts of Phnom Penh in Cambodia by Il Nodo Onlus with the support of Italian company Paola Lenti. This latest project – called Designing Girls’ Future – is the one that was shown in Design Collisions.

What does it do?

 

Designing Girls ’Future gives girls living in slums artisanal and professional training in the textile field to offer them a decent work perspective and combat exploitation.

How does it work?

 

The participatory methodology was designed ad hoc. It is based on an alternation of basic design exercises – color, texture, form, composition – and the immediate realization of acquired notions, with creative interpretation.

Why is it in Design Collisions?

 

Because it activates people through creative practice and a repeatable process. The methodology is described in working sheets that make it easy for participants to re-propose it and thus widen the project’s effectiveness and impact.

How does it work?

 

The participatory methodology was designed ad hoc. It is based on an alternation of basic design exercises – color, texture, form, composition – and the immediate realization of acquired notions, with creative interpretation.

What is its impact?

 

To date, the project has helped nearly 500 women to become aware of their potential through dynamic and participatory training in which design skills were mixed with local spiritual, ethical and traditional inspiration.

Is it design?

 

The project above all brings into play the practical part of design, learning through intuition, emotion and the evidence of “doing”.

Credits: Il Nodo Onlus – Luciana Damiani, Martina Cannetta, Patrizia Scarzella. Designers of the exhibits shown at Design Collisions: Kazuyo Komoda, Laura Marola, Lufacai, Sonia Pedrazzini. Teachers: Meas Kangchana, Sao Sreymom. Craftsmen: Pen Sreypov, Samart Sirya, Samart Sreylin, Sao Chowry, Thy Sophany.