|Sheffield College, Hillsborough|
I took part in the 4 E's (Entrepreneurship, Education and European Exchange) project by Erasmus, which included a one week workshop in Sheffield, UK.
There were two set decorator/ scenographer students and two goldsmith artisan students (Tarja and I) from the Tyrvää college of crafts and design, in Sastamala, Finland and three Arts and crafts course instructor students, one Stained glass artisan student, one Glass jewellery artisan student and one interior decoration textile student from Ikata (Ikaalinen college of crafts and design) in Ikaalinen.
Other schools that took part in the workshop were Sheffield College in Sheffield, UK (that's where we were headed) and Liceo Artistico di Porta Romana from Florence, Italy.
|Me, Rumesh and Caterina gardening.|
It was a great way for us to get to know each other and learn the places at the same time.
The people in my team (the Cookie Crew!) were Brits Yasmin and Rumesh and Caterina from Italy.
After this we headed off on a field trip. We were originally supposed to visit the Graves Gallery, but since it was monday, the gallery was closed and we went to the Winter Garden and the Millennium Gallery instead. There was on display the collection by John Ruskin and the 'Metalwork in Sheffield' exhibition.
|Quartzes from the collection by John Ruskin.|
|Commedia dell' Arte inspired ring by Chiara Bet .|
|Fitting our prototype.|
My team decided to design an all-inclusive saddle cover, with a pouch for keeping small things in it and tail lights on the back. The problems we wanted to solve were: comfort, visibility and storage space.
|My Brits, Yasmin and Rumesh.|
|We scanned Caterina's drawing at the school library.|
On wednesday we went on a field trip to Chatsworth and David Mellor's Design museum. I won't write more about it here, but you can see pictures from the trip on my other blog post, written in finnish, here.
|Traffic lights, designed by David Mellor.|
Victoria Claire Dawes and Kate Malone. They spoke about their careers and starting a business on an artistic area of work.
On thursday we continued with the workshop.
Our group added to our idea of the saddle cover the new, fabulous and innovative uv-light.
The black light was supposed to point towards the cyclists back, where one could spray patterns with an uv-spray, only visible under black light.
|Our presentation. Caterina, Yasmin, Rumesh and I.|
In the evening my team mates and I perfected our presentation via facebook messenger so that we could get everything ready for the next day.
|Our design with my drawing in the middle.|
The presentation went okay. I forgot my english entirely, when it came my turn to speak, but it could have been worse.
After the presentations we were offered scones (/skəʊn/) and tea, the english way.
|Andy shows us how to properly drink tea.|
|Me, looking like a weather girl.|
|The farewell dinner.|
Learning about designing a product widened my perspective and thoughts and the company was excellent. It was also instructive to work with people from different cultures. So, on the whole, I'm really happy for the experience.