Workshop - Jemma Ooi

Workshop by Royal College of Art tutor - Jemma Ooi

At the Chiang Mai Design Week, Thailand


 Date: 6th December 2016

 Locations: Lanna Folklife Museum (morning), British Council Chiang Mai (afternoon)

 Fee: The workshop is free of charge.


About the facilitator

Jemma Ooi is the tutor for Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art in London, UK. She is also co-founder of CUSTHOM, a design studio that challenges the form and limitations of conventional wallpapers, ceramics and textiles through experimenting with tactility and graphic led visuals. This way of working allows the studio to take a detailed approach to manipulating materials and question the traditional application of design processes.


About the workshop

This 1-day workshop will introduce creative ways to interpret traditional Lanna culture through visual observations, documentation, conceptual analysis as well as hands-on design processes. The working language of the workshop is English with Thai translation.



  • To open up dialogue around cultural heritage.
  • To observe and collect visual signifiers of cultural/historical interest.
  • To learn a method of design development through the interpretation of initial visual research.
  • To learn to and create a repeating design.



 9.30     Introduction

 9.45     Discussion about the identification of cultural signifiers (colours, symbols, textures, motifs, object, traditions) at the Lanna Folklife Museum.

10.15   Individual exploration at the museum, capturing points of interest through drawing, sketching, photography.

11.30   Discussion on museum findings.

12.15   Lunch break

14.00   Interpretation of morning findings into 'new' designs, explaining how imagery can repeat forming new visual interpretations from initial visual research as it develops into a design. 

15.00   Repeating paper designs being suitable for hand or mechanised production in the future for fashion, interior or decorative arts applications (printed, painted, woven, embroidered or knitted). 

16.00   Conclusion by a de-brief and discussion of participants work - displayed around the room.



  • Critique stemming from Lanna Folklife Museum, cultural and historical objects, heritage and narrative.
  • Each participant will conclude the workshop with initial sketches, a method of developing a design and at least 1 final repeating design (in black and white on paper).


Target participants 

  • The workshop is offered to 15 participants including the following
  • Design students
  • Design professionals
  • Artisans and makers
  • Business owners
  • Academics and Researchers

 How to apply 

Please submit the following documents (in Thai or English) to by 29th November 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by 1st December 2016.

  • A short CV with contact details
  • 2-3 photos of your design work/products (if any)
  • A brief statement (no more than 100 words) on why you would like to attend this workshop

For more information please contact .