Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
Design workshop for disadvantaged young girls
Year of project
The FRUSKA research project is an interdisciplinary design workshop created within the MOME Innovation Center, which works with girls' communities of organisations such as the Invisible School or the Deák Diák Primary School.
Implemented by the IC Social Design Hub, the programme helps advance the social mobility of disadvantaged young women through the design and manufacturing processes of ordinary items. The FRUSKA research project and workshop series enables girls aged 10 to 18 to engage in a creative learning and shared creative process who would otherwise have no such opportunity. The goal is to help participants master technological and tool use skills and experience the freedom and consequences of choice through the customisation of items created, and in turn enable them to shape their broader environment.
Supportive teaching is one of the key focuses of FRUSKA workshops. Based on participatory design and mutual learning, the programme is designed to enhance the girls’ self-esteem, sense of autonomy and empowerment to give them better chances later in life and in work. The first of the four sessions covered the basics of object design and creating models, while the second involved working with a mirror to promote a better understanding of one’s self. In preparation for the closing event on 19 May, the participants developed designs for their own spaces, eventually creating and decorating seats.