International Young Adult Furniture Making Invitational (IYAFMI)

As an element of WWD, IYAFMI gives young adults (must be born after 21 March 1991) from around the globe an arena to showcase their talent in designing and creating bespoke wooden items in both individual and collaborative spheres. Techniques are exchanged and learned, appreciation and understanding of different cultures and influences are fast tracked and strong bonds are formed amongst the Invitees.

Successful Invitees will be required “to design and build a piece of furniture such as a chair, bench or coffee table for audience use at the exhibition. The piece must be related to the theme “Roots”. The individual design is left entirely up to Invitees who may commence their design as soon as an Invitation is issued to a participant. Whilst designing their project, Invitees should also determine the minimum number of hand tools they must bring to the event. The program allows 30 hours of construction time. Timber to be used is limited to that supplied to each Invitee.

In addition, each invitee will be allocated into a Team of 4 Invitees led by a returning Invitee (Team Leader) in a collaborative design and build project which “must be a piece of furniture with a practical use.  The piece must have evident design input and construction technique of each and every member of the team and relation to the theme “Roots”  

Collaborative teams will be selected and advised as quickly as possible and pre-event collaboration will be via a Facebook page which will be established shortly.  Each Invitee in a group will contribute 6 hours of construction time to the collaborative project.  Each Team Leader will contribute 36 hours to the project.

This program is genenously sponsored by Powermatic.

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Team Reinis: Keiko Watanabe, Rudi Yanto, Martin Hernandez, Oton Gonzalez
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