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 was 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 were not only learning from the locals, but also exchanging knowledge and sharing skills.
In an age of globalization and mass production, we want to accept and leverage the vast knowledge of the past. Not only we have to learn from it, but we have to enrich it to be able to hand it down to future generations. A global community’s input could enhance this process even more, mixing elements from different cultures to create a colourful mosaic composition of the past and the present.
That was primary goal of MEDS Spetses 2019, adapting the traditional techniques in today’s way of thinking and inspiring 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..
In its 10th edition, MEDS Workshop took place in the summer of 2019 in Greece, on Spetses Island, under the theme “MEMNISO”
The workshop brought traditional professions together with contemporary crafts and design by exploring new capabilities and learning techniques from local expert craftsmen. During the workshop, tutors and participants had the chance not only to learn from local artisans but also to exchange knowledge and share skills with them. From the 26th of July to the 12th of August, more than 170 participants and 28 tutors worked on realizing 14 interdisciplinary projects.
The greek organizing team, composed by 13 students of architecture and young designers, had been working on MEDS Spetses since 2017, a process that involved research, producing material related to the theme, publishing it, and then selecting proposals and providing everything selected tutors and participants needed: tools, materials, food, accommodation and extra activities.
Under my umbrella
Sea Level Rise Pavilion
Space and Food: Making Togetherness
Letters of Spetses
MEDS GALLERY 2020
Food & Beverage Manager
Tools & Materials Manager
Tools & Materials Manager
Ioanna Maria Vemmou