Dear readers, we are back to tell you something more about a project being developed at Buinho. Sit back and enjoy reading the process of a cookie becoming so much more than just food.
How it all came to be
Sara Sargentini, an Italian sculptresse, attented the Belles-Artes University in Lisbon for her exchange program. She came across a little village called Messejana. She decided to check out this authentic place and fell in love with its authenticity, community feel and the people’s hospitality. She was intrigued. She decided to create a project around this little village.
Part of the project became about giving something to the people of Messejana in order to establish a relationship with them. The idea was to make cookies that have the shape of the symbolic route from Messejana to her village in Italy. First things first. The form to create the cookies needed to be made. This is where the help of the 3D printer was required. After long hours of adjusting specifications and 3D modeling, the form was ready to be printed. You can imagine the euphoric moment when the form was completely printed! Now, she was ready for the next step.
The dough for the cookie was the next thing on the to do list. Of course, every great chef needs a test run. The members of Buinho were more than happy to be the test persons to taste the cookies. Just to be sure, we ate all of them. You can’t form an opinion by just testing one isolated product, right? After approving the cookie, Sara started baking and baking and baking. She cooked over 400 cookies for the people of Messejana. The purpose of making these cookies was to establish a relationship and get to know the people of Messejana. This is why, she also created a little questionary to be filled out by the people of Messejana. She also asked people from her village in Italy if they could sent her some pictures of her own village. That way, she could also present her home town to the people of Messejana. Now, all that needed to be done was engage with Messejana!
Feira de Natal
Finally, Sara’s project needed to be presented to the people of Messejana. What better place to do this than the annual Christmas fair! Sara installed her project in one of the stalls. The moment of truth! It was time to engage with the people of Messejana. The Christmas fair lasted two days. Sara gave her cookies and filled out the questionaries together with the people of Messejana. This is only one part of the process that Sara intends to establish.
What will be the final outcome? To be continued…
"What would be a great workshop for the youth of Messejana", we thought. Let's give them the opportunity to be creative photographers!
What is Lomography?
What is Lomography, you are probably wondering? Lomography is a more experimental and creative type of photography. A way to unleash your inner artist. Making every picture unique! The emphasis lies on color. Let's not get to hung up on definitions and details though. Let us just show you by explaining our workshop!
On the 8th of May 2016, Buinho organized a workshop Lomography, in collaboration with Junta de Freguesia and Xerem. A workshop that would introduce the participants into the world of analog photography. A creative journey through their own village Messejana. A great combination of work and play. At the end of the workshop we held a little exhibition, so that the youth could proudly present their work. Wouldn't you want to show your end result?! Down below you can see a few examples of the pictures taken by the participants. If you want to see more of these end results, go and check out our Facebook page!
Don't think, just do!
Like Alan Collins once said: "Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time." That is why we, Buinho, find it important to attend events and explain our vision. In this post, we would like to address some of the events we attended.
The year of 2015, was the year 'Buinho' was founded. That same year, we already started to visit some events like, 'European Creative Hubs' and 'Conferencias de Aljustrel'. These events were great opportunities to explain our vision, our goal, our creative hub. We were very excited to be able to attend these events.
In 2016, Buinho was invited to attend the 'Makerfaire' in Lisbon and the three-day international forum in Belgrade, titled 'How Work Works'. The Creative Hub Forum was held by Nova Iskra and the consortium partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project. Nearly 100 hub organizations from across Europe, Serbia and the region gathered here. A good place to network, don't you think?! After attending these events we are always very inspired and are able to go home with a lot of new ideas.
Have time to play, experiment and learn!
Photo by Nemanja Knežević.
Dear readers! This will be the first post of many. This is the area where the story, development and activities of Buinho will be told.
When did Buinho came into existence?
Buinho started in 2014 as an informal group of young people concerned with social innovation and youth empowerment through entrepreneurship and product design. Buinho then evolved into a cultural association. It was officially founded in the historic village of Messejana, Portugal in 2015. Recently Buinho became officially the 16th Portuguese member of the MIT network. This means Buinho is an official Portuguese Fablab in a rural area. That is exciting, right?!
What is our main focus?
Now, you know a bit more about the start of Buinho. What about the main focus? Buinho intersects traditional knowledge about endogenous materials and craftsmanship, with technology and design driven processes. Embedded in the local values, culture and lifestyle of Alentejo, Buinho is both a place to stay and a place to play.
Buinho is still at its beginning, but as the present fades, we are thrilled to see what the future has in store for us!