The New Olds: Contemporary Interpretations of the Past

reDiscover Workshop

June 20, 2023
to June 21, 2023
Layer House
From Turkey Assoc. Prof. Ayşe E. COŞKUN, PhD is joining us on the 2 days workshop

We are partners of a new project called reDiscover. With five partners we want to bring traditional craftsmanship closer to contemporary designers with innovative approaches. European traditional knowledge is an untapped cultural resource that can effectively support the professional development and fulfillment of young artists. First phase of the project is the organization of cross-cultural workshops for students where we are collaborating with SŠOF and SIC Ljubljana. 

From İstanbul, Turkey Ayşe E. Coşkun, PhD, will join us in Kranj for a two day workshop from June 20th and 21st. She is an industrial designer, academic and a researcher, interested in old traditions and new design.


The New Olds: Contemporary Interpretations of the Past

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşe E. Coşkun; Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design, İstanbul, Turkey, Department of Industrial Design

Culture consists of learned patterns of thought and behaviour that are characteristic of a particular community. Culture includes beliefs, values, language, political organization, and economic activity, also technology, art, and material culture. A commodity is an item that can be freely bought and sold through the market economy. All commodities (even raw materials) are cultural artefacts in the sense that demand for them is culturally constructed. This module focuses on the conceptualization of the traditional commodities with reference to their manufacturing techniques, crafting qualities, symbolic values, contextual meaning, and their everyday functions.

The workshop focuses on the interpretation of a particular traditional manufacturing techniques, crafting skills, a pattern of any manufacturing process that reflects a unique, authentic visual language be it a form, a pattern, an ornamental element, a texture etc. Participants will team in pairs. They will research for a traditional workshop and will carry out field research observing, documenting the manufacturing / Crafting process. After this phase they are expected to come up with new ideas, concepts of the analysed technique and propose new product languages for the contemporary every day.


DATE: 20. and 21. 6. from 10.00 to 16.00

The workshop will be held in English and is free for the participants. Limited numbers of participants will be accepted. Participant need to be from 16 to 21 years old. To apply, please write to

Assoc. Prof. Ayşe E. COŞKUN, PhD 

Product designer, academic and researcher. She has been lecturing, researching, and conducting projects and workshops in the field of industrial product design in Istanbul since 2000. She received her BA as Industrial Product Designer in 1997 at Marmara University (Istanbul), Faculty of Fine Arts. 1998, received a Master in Design (MD) degree at Domus Academy, Milan, Italy with her master project on Strategic Design-Corporate Visions- with Marco Susani and Emilio Genovesi. During the Domus Academy master programme, she has participated in various workshops and projects in different fields of design where she also has won a design prize. 1999-2001 worked as a designer in different projects on corporate identity design in Istanbul for various firms. In 2003 received an MA at Marmara University (Istanbul) Industrial Product Design Programme, with her dissertation focusing on the title Necessity and Design to coordinate the design solutions executed by their users, particularly for the examples in Istanbul. In 2009 she has got her PhD with her dissertation titled: “Industrial Design as Added Value and Global Competitiveness for the Turkish Jewelry Industry in 21st Century. A Model Proposal with Reference to the ‘Made in Italy’ Model” at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Istanbul), Institute of Science and Technology Industrial Product Design Programme. After having conducted a post-doc research project funded by TÜBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), titled: “Crafts-design and innovation interrelations as a resource of creative economies and as part of intangible heritage: ‘Living Human Treasures’ of the Grand Bazaar of İstanbul.”, she created the production inventory of the last generation jewelry craftsmen. Her areas of research are design management, design-driven-innovation, crafts and design, cultural heritage, creative economies, jewelry design, legal design.

Cover photo credit: Beşi Bir Yerde Necklace, 2012

Designer: Ela Cindoruk