Designers complete training programme

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KUCHING: Participants of Sarawak Young Designers (SayD’SignersSarawak) Batch 2 recently received their certificate of completion of training from Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC).

The training programme was implemented by STIDC in collaboration with Fakultas Senir Rupa dan Desain (FSRD), Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) through online workshops at Spedagi, Sinau Desa, Temeanggung, Central Java in Indonesia.

STIDC stated that the certificate handover was presented to Ryan Matthaeus August who was the head of SayD’SignersSarawak Batch 2.

It added that the workshop entitled Belajar Desain Cara Desa (BDCD) was part of ITB’s training curriculum was held on March 29 to April 3 this year.

“This was the last activity for Batch 2 and with the completion of this activity, it ended the two-year Sarawak Young Designers Training Programme.

“The workshop was mentored by Singgih S Kartono who owned Spedagi, an enterprise producing bamboo and wood products for export market. Their bamboo bicycle and Magno Radio made of wood were the main products produced for export markets,” it said in a statement on Monday (May 24).

It also said Spedagi as a small medium enterprise (SME) includes the involvement and participation of the community in their project as a way to boost the income of the local community.

The BDCD with the concept of learning design from the environment is to enable the young designers to be aware of the living perspective of a village environment which is rich in design phenomena.

STIDC added that the online programme required the young designers to conduct the activity in their respective location, document and conduct team discussions before doing their respective presentations.

“The young designers were taught about the importance of understanding that design is always present in our daily lifestyle. This is to create awareness on how design exists everywhere.

“Due to the pandemic, the designers were required to explore their own homes especially in the kitchen area and chose to explore cooking as the design exercise,” it said.

Meanwhile, STIDC general manager Hashim Bojet said he was glad the programme was successfully implemented despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

He noted that the young designers were very creative and made use of the opportunity presented to them.

“The activity chosen for the design exercise was an interesting opportunity for our young designers to explore and have a better understanding of generating ideas of concept for designing. Who would have thought that even our kitchen area can be explored and become an area that can inspire for generation of ideas?” The program was developed by STIDC to train fresh graduates and implemented in collaboration with Unimas and FSRD, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia since 2018 to produce furniture designers to serve the furniture industry in Sarawak which will eventually be able to boost the growth of the furniture manufacturing industry.

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