When used in schools Culture Through Making has the immediate ability to support cultures of sharing and creating, to nurture a sense of community that may have been lost or damaged through the war. Long term it can be extended to adults, men and women, giving them ‘portable’ skills which will have the double benefit of keeping Syrian creative cultures alive whilst also giving them a means for sustainable employment. A recent Culture Through Making project held across schools supported by Syria Relief in Syria was inspired by tiles from The Ghars al Din Mosques in Damascus, an example of which can be viewed in London’s V&A Museum. The templates were designed by the artist Amber Khokhar, who was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to design an Islamic-inspired carpet for The Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace.
True to the Syrian flair for experimentation and design, the craftsmen absorbed multiple influences to create a unique hybrid of Islamic motifs with swaying leaves and arabesques. The vision of this project is to use pilot schemes in local communities within schools in Syria and in refugees camps in neighbouring countries to provide continuity and long-term benefits to the Syrian population.
Culture Through Making is creating a series of workshops with a continued focus towards the development of skills and education, and long-term sustainable employment.