In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.
Studio Weave was commissioned by Visual Carlow (contemporary arts space in the town of Carlow), to produce a booklet that describes 'an articulated sense of place' for the town. The project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Heritage Council and it is intended to become a founding stone and common reference point for all future initiations and projects in the place. Within an hour’s drive of Dublin, the settlement boasts a beautiful river (the Barrow,) a handful of established higher education facilities, an internationally recognised art gallery & arts centre and a scattering of rare heritage features. The 'My Carlow' initiative is a small, yet vital step towards uniting people under a common vision for the future.
By designing and running a series of free workshops that ran in the late summer 2017 (coordinating with Heritage Week,) Studio Weave were able to capture and distil a rich body of knowledge, opinions and ideas from the people of Carlow. With a focus on engaging with children, Studio Weave were able to outline an imaginative future that exposed core values that make up the fabric of the place.
An empty shop space in the centre of the town was used as a base for the week and children were asked to invent, design and make shadow puppets to perform a story set in Carlow. Workshops also took children & their families on 'Urban Pioneer' adventures into the streets- exploring, discovering and drawing features that characterised the town - both of the iconic and everyday sort. A questionnaire was also widely distributed amongst the general community, allowing people to share their favourite places and ideas of how they might be improved. The material from these workshops and questionnaires were analysed and consolidated by Studio Weave to form the resultant publication.