Thijs Ewalts
I graduated at the design academy Eindhoven, department ‘man and leisure’ in 2004. But I also trained myself all over the years in all sorts of ‘DIY knowledge’.Within my design practise I find it important to be a self sustaining person, someone who knows about all basic needs. How to produce your own food, how to design and make the table to eat from, to design and construct the house to live in, to understand and produce about energy matters for travelling.
I think that in a convenience society we are living in, this DIY knowledge has value. It´s almost a contradiction, the objects, products we use become more autonomous (for example: cars´s that have parking sensors) But the users of products loose knowledge about the most basic elements (for example: lost knowledge about how a tomato grew on a plant).
I find this balance and contradiction of autonomy very interesting, and it is the start of my design process.

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