Dat kan mijn kleine nichtje ook [My little niece can do that too]
Joni Veizaj explored the boundary between tinkering and design in his project ”Dat kan mijn kleine nichtje ook”. In this project he researched the positive aspects of tinkering and how he could acquire these in product design.
Lots of children start of translating their surroundings in a drawing composed of random abstract lines. Designer Joni Veizaj sees these scribbles as the perfect way to cheer up our direct environment. By turning these cheerful child drawings into contemporary design pieces.
During his research over the past year, Joni has increasingly turned to the direct translation of children’s drawings into products. Since the product designer thinks it is a shame that many children’s drawings disappear in a folder after some time, he looked for a way to better exhibit these drawings. By translating a child’s drawing into design pieces, the child drawing is given the prominent place it deserves. So, bring your own children’s drawings and ask about the possibilities of translating this drawing into new design pieces.
With the project ”Dat kan m’n kleine nichtje ook” I started looking at production processes in a different way. By combining my current production techniques with my old primary school tinkering techniques, I was looking for a new way of making that would bring out the aesthetic qualities of tinkering.
Also, During my studies I mainly saw a lot of design with a serious character and this did not rhyme with the chaotic and cheerful way of working that I use. By literally tinkering with materials to make new products, I try to show of the fun of making.