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Orange Tree and Raw Collaborative Launch Regenerative Design Initiative with Raw Foundry for Design Students

Orange Tree and Raw Collaborative have joined hands to announce a Regenerative design initiative under Raw Foundry – a platform for final-year students and fresh graduates to showcase their creative talent at the Raw Collaborative 2024 year-end show. The works of ten selected students will be showcased at Raw Collaborative 2024 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from December 5 to December 8, 2024. The entries from various design disciplines, styles, techniques, and concepts can be submitted online until May 30, 2024. To apply click here.

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Raw Foundry is envisioned to play a vital role in promoting creativity and professional development for the students while inspiring an approach that prioritises regeneration and stewardship of natural and social systems. It will act as an incubation platform for raw talent to learn, grow, and collaborate while contributing to the enrichment of the design community.The assessment parameters encompass originality and innovation, material exploration, sustainability, and cost efficiency of the design. Ten selected works will be presented at the Raw Collaborative 2024 year-end show, which will take place at the Mahatma Mandir and Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from December 5 to December 8, 2024.

Courtesy: Raw Foundry

With parallel beliefs of reinventing crafts and culture in the backdrop of uniqueness and innovation, Orange Tree and Raw Collaborative have allied to discover and nurture fresh talent from diverse parts of the country. Arguably India’s first Regenerative Design Initiative in the landscape of design education, it will be steered by two mentors, Dr. Rebecca Reubens, Founder, Rhizome and a design educator and sustainability champion along with Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Professor – Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, who will be guiding the selected students in the design process through three online workshops.

“At Orange Tree, we firmly believe that India has immense talent that needs a platform where they can showcase their potential and with this initiative, we hope to build a wonderful foundation for the future generation of designers. Raw Foundry will be an extension to the formal education for young designers, an incubation space where they can explore new frontiers with a regenerative approach and innovative use of sustainable materials.,” says Gaurav Jain, Founder, Orange Tree.

Orange Tree and Raw Collaborative Launch Regenerative Design Initiative with Raw Foundry for Design Students | Courtesy: Raw Foundry

“We are committed to bringing to the forefront young talent from across the country. The Raw Foundry, is a platform for the student community of India, giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent while handholding them through mentorship. In 2024, Raw Foundry becomes the ground for experimentation and exploring a better future through design by incorporating regenerative design thinking at the centre of the design process,” say Tanvi Karia, Priyadarshini Rathore and Vishwa Bhatt Weir, Founders, Raw Collaborative.

The initiative was announced in Jodhpur with the unveiling of Raw Foundry by the Yuvrani Saheba Gayetri Raje of Jodhpur, followed by a panel discussion on ‘Regenerative Design Thinking’ comprising academicians and industry experts, such as Prof Dr G Hari Shankar Prasad, Director of NIFT, Jodhpur, Dr Mini Mathur, Associate Professor Mica, Mr. Harsh Vardhan, Principal Architect, Studio Lotus, Ms. Varsha Monica Samuel, HOD, School of Fashion Design at FDDI Jodhpur and Mr. Vatsal Agarwal, Associate Dean, The Design Village,

Feature Image: The launch of RAW FOUNDRY was done by Yuvrani Saheba Gayetri Raje of Jodhpur| Courtesy: Raw Foundry

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