Visitors engaged directly with Make Works UAE makers during the Meet the Maker sessions, featuring experts who will be conducting live demonstrations of unique processes using a variety of materials such as; leather, marble, wood and fabrics.

Meet the Maker sessions featured expert makers from Tashkeel’s Make Works UAE directory, who conducted live demonstrations of specialised processes and techniques used when working with a variety of unique materials, such as leather, marble, wood and fabrics.

Meet the Maker sessions offered designers a unique opportunity to discuss their questions and concerns directly with the makers on a variety of subjects, exploring the evolution of a product from raw materials to finished product. The open, live demonstrations were interactive sessions that allowed visitors to gain in-depth knowledge and insight that can open up wider discussions on manufacturing in the UAE.

About Tashkeel

Established in Dubai in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel provides a nurturing environment for art and design practice rooted in the UAE. With studios, workspaces and galleries located in both Nad Al Sheba and Al Fahidi, its annual programme includes professional development programmes, residencies, workshops, talks and exhibitions to enable creative practice, experimentation and dialogue among practitioners and the community. Tashkeel’s specialist design initiatives include the Tanween design programme, Make Works UAE, the Tanween Collection, Designer-in-Residence programme and the Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize.