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Clever, Functional Products

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Industrial designer Stephen Burks has his first solo exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem furthering his ongoing exploration of the global economy of artisan craft. Raw and recycled materials become clever, functional products based on Burks’ collaboration with Senegalese basket weavers based in New York and Dakar as well as projects with artisans in South Africa, Peru and India. ‘Man made’ starts with the traditional basket-weaving process as its core concept and builds on it with contemporary industrial design. During the exhibition, the museum’s galleries will be transformed into a workshop where new york-based weavers and artisans will create a series of functional and experimental objects and installations conceived by Burks. via