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Young Apprentice

Create and share design with a Young Apprentice.

Since the beginning of the year we have started a new project in Rakitovo called “Young apprentice”. We’re developing it together with Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation and we’re going to train ten adolescents on different crafts. In the practical trainings of young people from the institutions we believe in the proven words of Lao Tzu: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This is the reason why we want to teach them a craft that will bring them out from their surroundings.

At the moment we’re looking for people with design sensibility, imagination and product design skills who could give us ideas for different items made of pine which the children will craft. We want these ideas to be easy to craft and at the same time to develop children’s aesthetic sense and their sense of beauty.

How can one give away a design?

Everyone with a good idea of an object made of wood can participate in the initiative until 20.02.2014 – what we need is a digital or a scanned hand drawn sketch. You can see our participation invitation with a detailed description of the initiative here.

Here you can download the template for participation in .pdf, .esp or .dwg formats according to your personal preferences.

Browse through the photo gallery of the machines which the youngsters will be using during their work. These are not the latest piece of technology but let this be a part of the challenge – the proposed designs should be suitable for crafting on these machines.

The main parameters briefly presented:

The items should be: compact, functional and aesthetic;
Material: coniferous wood;
Deadline for submitting your design: from now till midnight on 20.02.2014;
If you have questions: send it to mlad.chirak@re-act.bg or call (+359) 0886 555 875;
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