– Architect Todd Saunders approaching Artist Residence Studio –
In February the Brothers Dressler were invited to Fogo Island, Newfoundland to participate in an inspiring project underway there. Nonprofit Shorefast Foundation has partnered with the people of Fogo and Change Islands in an effort to revitalize their economy and community by building studios for an artist residency program and a 29 room inn. Designed by our friend, Canadian/Norwegian architect Todd Saunders, and Nick Herder and with an emphasis on geotourism they are hoping to entice an international clientele to experience the traditions, culture and incredible beauty that make outport island of Fogo the distinct area that it is. Revitalization will grow from using as many local craftspeople, builders and as much local material as possible in the development of this unique destination.
“Exploring the Aesthetics of Outport Interiors is an experimental art/design project, a workshop designed to develop ideas for contemporary furniture and interiors inspired by traditional Outport living conditions and reality”.
16 designers/artists and an anthropologist were invited to take part in investigating Outport interiors through a series of lectures, exercises and exploration of the island. Brothers Dressler were invited to speak at the workshop and show examples of the value and potential we see in all material while also investigating the potential existent on the island for local and reclaimed materials and resources.
– Workshop participants visit the future site of the 29 room inn –
We had a tremendous experience being part of the project. We showed the participants examples of our work and explained how it relates to the ideas of local fabrication, reclaiming of materials and repurposing. Fellow speakers included Droog design alumni Frank Tjepkema of Tjep in the Netherlands, Walter Peddle, an expert on Outport furniture and Mike Patterson a fine woodworker from Newfoundland building traditional furniture responsibly on the East coast.
– Mike Patterson (L) and Lars Dressler (R) visit the workshop of extraordinary boat builder Jim Edwards (C) on Change Islands –
We went to the small workshops of many local furniture and boat builders, who were building skiffs and punts using traditional techniques passed down for generations, truly an inspiration to see. Shorefast has been instrumental in helping this nearly lost art reemerge into the culture of the islands.
– Carpenter’s Workshop, Change Islands –
Located in the chilly waters of the North Atlantic picturesque, resourceful and exceedingly friendly villages dot Fogo and Change Islands. This is a place of icebergs and caribou where fishing is, and always has been, a way of life. Remnants of the past, including wooden boats (punts) and fishing stages, pepper the coastline. The remote location and harsh climate have created an inherent resourcefulness in life lived on Fogo and Change Islands, evident in the people’s approach and character.
– Characteristic seaside community, Change Islands –
This preliminary workshop was a great success and hopefully many of the excellent ideas and designs conceived and prototyped by the participants will come to fruition in the final project. We hope to continue to be involved in the project and will keep you posted on its progress.