Parallels Design Camp was a partnership between Design Tasmania and the National Gallery of Victoria with support from the National Craft Initiative.

Forged at the intersection of craft and design, the Parallels Design Camp connected craftspeople, designers and makers from diverse practices, allowing time to pause and reflect, build new relationships and potentially fuel the creation rich narrative driven craft and design concepts in future processes.

With the freedom to explore and engage with each other, the Camp offered a rare opportunity to discover new landscapes for contemporary making that explored the parallel and convergent worlds of craft and design.

25 practitioners, writers and curators set up camp within the Tasmanian landscape on Bruny Island, south of the state. Participants were challenged to conceptualise and then construct designs around the ritual of eating, using their hands and found objects, flora and fauna without the assistance of tools and craft hardware. During the making participants networked and explored each other’s ideas, capabilities and processes, while developing their concepts for speculative outputs – ideas, objects, words, images, and artifacts.

The camp provided a program of group excursions, conversations and design activities around the Island, learning of the histories and eating all local produce made and farmed on Bruny Island. Using links to narrative and place, the camp participants converged with traditional practices, sustainable methodologies and making processes incorporating this knowledge into the hand made objects.

The richly diverse environment provided all practicing designers, architects, writers and curators attending the camp, the opportunity to explore the role of craft and design which is shaping our world and the ways in which the natural world defines and informs design.