MEDS Spetses '19

10th edition
200 design students
40 different countries
12 projects
Spetses, Greece
26July till 12 August 2019

What is MEDS workshop

MEDS workshop “Meetings of Design Students” is an international workshop that takes part each summer in a different country, focusing on various issues, themes, topics and settings that will help any designer expand their expertise. It is a chance to get in touch with diverse approaches to design, different building techniques, traditions and skills. MEDS workshop is both practical and educational because it focuses not only on creative theoretical designs, but actually compels participants to execute these designs during the 2-week span of the workshop. You can apply to MEDS as a tutor or as a participant.


handing down from generation to generation

Spetses is a greek island that combines historical richness, tradition and natural beauty. Through time, the island became extremely touristic and the consequences of tourism have affected its identity. In order to serve the enormous numbers of tourists the island hosts each year, locals had to leave their traditional professions and are occupied with new jobs that refer to the island’s new touristic identity. So, traditional professions are currently dying.

“Memniso” in ancient greek means “remember”

The idea of the workshop is to bring these traditional professions together with contemporary crafts and design by exploring new capabilities and learning techniques from expert local craftsmen. The goals of the workshop are to not only learning from the locals, but also exchanging knowledge and sharing skills.

Spetses: a travel in time

Spetses is a small island located near the eastern Peloponnese coast. Spetses is known as “pityousa” which means “pine covered”. The amazing combination of pine and sea creates spectacular views of natural beauty. At the same time, it maintains features that remain unchanged over time, like traditional architecture and means of transport.

The most common modes of transport are walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles. Spetses is an island boasting a long naval tradition, is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. The island has managed to retain its individual traditional character thanks to its well-preserved grand captain mansions. Even though it is a well preserved picturesque island its traditional identity, referring to the shipbuilding, carriage construction and many other professions, is now leaving its place to a touristic identity.

Traditional crafts

This year, MEDS workshop revolves around traditional occupations. Either characteristic of the island, or practiced among all of Greece, the following professions will be the main source of inspiration for all projects: Shipbuilding, Textile weaving, Pebble decorations, Carriage construction, Beekeeping, Carpentry, Metalwork and Greek lettering. As always, there will be photography and documentation projects as well!

The primary goal of Meds Spetses ’19 is adapting the traditional techniques in today’s way of thinking and inspire young designers to come up with new ideas. This process, the modernization of our heritage, the instinct that makes us preserve our cultural products, this is Memniso.


three roles in the process of knowledge sharing

The role of MENTOR

The role of mentor is introduced for the first time in MEDS, as a teacher and a guide for the tutors.

Mentors are local craftsmen who will support and collaborate with the tutors while developing and executing their projects. They will give their input and advice for projects selected, and they will we an active role in executing them. During the workshop, each team will be able to consult their mentor, use their workspaces and tools. Tutors can also help mentors find new ways to use their knowledge and evolve their professions and ideas.


Tutors at MEDS Workshop are offered a chance to prepare, organize and execute a live project, using the allocated time, tools and materials. An annual open call invites tutors to create a proposal in keeping with the theme of the given MEDS Workshop.

Tutors are the backbone of MEDS Workshops. One or two Tutors can apply with a project inspired from the theme of the workshop. Their project must be realistic, creative, and above all executable in 2 weeks. On the first day of the workshop, tutors recruit 5 to 15 participants, to form a team that will help them develop and execute these projects. In the end, this project will be transported on site to be permanently exhibited.

Because your input is of major significance, this year you will get the chance to participate in the workshop with a symbolic registration fee of 50€, to be paid after your project will be selected.
The selected projects will be announced on March.

The Tutor Pack

The Tutor’s Guidebook (download): 
explains everything you need to know about being a tutor.

The Theme Pack (download): gives an overview on the island, its inhabitants, and a deepened study on the theme MEMNISO. It is an indispensable source of inspiration.

The Tutor Call (download): the full list of expo sites and traditional professions / creative directions for all projects.

Τutor call was closed on Jan 22nd, 2019. For any info requirements and questions contact the tutor support team at:


Participants are also a very important part of the MEDS workshop. They come from different design fields, and from different countries. What links them together is their passion for creation and their love for learning. Participants get to select which project they want to help execute and develop. During the 2 weeks workshop, each team along with his tutor and his mentor, has to build the design, document the work, and create an exhibition panel to be displayed in the central forum.

Participant Call: March 01, 2019 – March 31, 2019
Registration Fees: 290 € to be paid after receiving the acceptance email

The Participant Pack

The Participant’s Guidebook (download): 
explains everything you need to know about being a participant and the MEDS experience in general.
The Theme Pack (download): gives an overview on the island, its inhabitants, and a deepened study on the theme MEMNISO. It is a source of inspiration.
The Participant Application: Fill in the google form and upload a picture of you. Present a small project you prepared to answer the question: How would you envision “MEMNISO” (photography, small video, graphical production, model, text, or any free entry of your choice”. this entry is an important factor that will help the management team to determine if you are fit for MEDS Spetses ’19.
The Application Template (download): This entry is a key factor in the process of participant selection. Use the provided template for your project. If not used, the application will be rejected.
FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions (download)
For any further questions contact us at:


In MEDS Spetses everyone will have the chance to enjoy multiple everyday activities: seminars, trips, talks, parties. As always, there will be the national night, a party dedicated to food, drink and music exchange between all countries.

For the Greek night, we are planning to host a “panigyri” (πανηγύρι) – look it up! (hint: there’s gonna be lots of traditional dancing, eating and drinking the Greek way!). On days off, we will organize two trips: the first one is a boat tour around the island, visit the cave of Bekiris, a place of natural beauty and historic importance and the second a trip to Peloponnese, where we will visit the city of Nafplion and some of the most important archaeological sites of Greece!


Support us

MEDS is a volunteering international association whose members are mainly students and young professionals from various creative disciplines. The cost of MEDS MEMNISO ’19 is partially covered by participation fees as well as by contributions of foundations, companies, institutions that support research, architecture, design, art and culture. MEDS relies on funding from a wide range of sources and there are many ways that you can donate to help ensure that MEDS network continues to grow and develop. Being a MEDS donor means supporting both the international network and our local Greek team in making this workshop come true, allowing design students from different countries to work together. Anyone interested in becoming a partner or donor in any way is welcome to approach us and develop new ideas about working together.

Interested in supporting us?
Please don’t hesitate to contact with us at and we will let you know about our partnership proposals!

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