The Makers' Workshop

The Makers' Workshop ©TheTreeHouseDesignLab

This workshop has been designed to address the desire for makers and creatives to come together to learn and share; to make and build together while celebrating the hands on process of making. The pandemic has shifted the way in which we conduct our lives, discovering new ways of being. For this workshop we invite you to gather around the table to learn new skills in the art of making under the leadership of mentors and experts. We offer a space for the overlap of wood working, ceramics and fabric. A hands-on building exercise aiming to enhance the idea of skill sharing, craft and place making.

Collaborate with a carpenter: Using wood and plywood, we propose to create a modular, multi-functional table to create a meaningful piece of furniture while celebrating the process of wood craftsmanship.
Collaborate with a ceramist: Collaborating with a ceramist to craft and fire vessels for serving, eating and drinking. This portion of the workshop hones skills in earth ware and firing in a kiln with an exploration of various organic techniques.
Collaborate with a textile artist: Collaborating with a textile artist to learn the art of tying knots on local fabrics to create various patterns using local natural dyes to create runners and napkins. A celebration to share a meal and reflect on craft and the process.

Eligibility: Aged 18+ Fully vaccinated individuals with proof of vaccination (vaccination cards)
To apply: All interested applicants may submit an abstract along with the attached form to:

You may send one email containing one pdf of the following:

  1. The registration form duly filled 
  2. Your abstract of 250 to 350 words
  3. An optional single page of support work

The file may not exceed 2mb and must be in pdf format
Please save the file as your name eg: Sara Khan.pdf

Abstract Guidelines: The abstract may be a combination of text accompanied by support presentation (One a4 spread) Abstract: 250 to 350 words. Please use this abstract to tell us more about yourself, your interests and your intent with regard to this workshop.
Support work: Drawings or photos set on one a4 size in a pdf format (no more than 2MB)

Proposal Evaluation Criteria All workshop proposals will be reviewed based on the following considerations:
Creativity and intent of the participant
The interest of the participant including likelihood of strong participation

Deadline for submission of application: November 2nd, 2021
Notification of acceptance: November 16th, 2021
Workshop: November 23rd to December 3rd 2021

  • Open call for participation.
  • Collaborative workshop for wood working, ceramics and fabric dyeing.
  • Dates: 23rd November to 3rd December 2021.
  • All participants are to attend full days on each day.
  • Detailed time line to be shared with successful applicants.
  • Aged 18+.
  • Proof of vaccination necessary.
  • Limited seats available.
  • Terms and conditions applied.
  • Rights of admission reserved.
  • All timelines are based on the availability of our mentors and may be shifted as per availability SOPs to be followed, any disregard of this may result in disqualification of the participant.
  • The workshop will not be responsible for any damages to the participant.
  • Government regulations with regard to Covid 19 protocols may result in changes in this workshop.
  • This workshop participation is free of cost.

The Goethe-Institut Pakistan is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany fostering international cultural cooperation. Its social and educational programs encourage intercultural dialogue and enable social involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

The Tree House Design Lab, a design firm in the city invested in furthering notions of sustainability and craft in their practice. The architecture design firm is deeply interested in education and hands on workshops as a way of skill sharing and capacity building.