Practical Information MONO MAKERS PROGRAM

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CALL FOR DESIGNERS & MAKERS

To stimulate collaboration between Japan and the Netherlands, NN Life and MONO JAPAN joined hands together to start up the new program “MONO MAKERS PROGRAM”. This program supports creators who have found their counterpart on the MONO MAKERS MEET, an online platform where enthusiastic designers and makers can meet and interact.

Find your collaborator and apply to our program to get a unique opportunity to develop new products with your counterpart who awaits you on the other side of the world! We will select one creative pair, who will be provided with our hands-on support. The pair will be also invited to MONO JAPAN’s annual event to talk about the collaboration.

VISION

The main purpose of the MONO MAKERS PROGRAM is development of new products through a collaboration between a Dutch designer and a Japanese maker.

Our hope is to create opportunities for the collaborating pair and to facilitate them in order for them to exchange their creative ideas and skills, to explore new possibilities, and to finally put these into the new product. We believe that this creative match between Dutch designers and Japanese craftspeople and manufacturers has the potential to open up new horizons for international collaborations and the relationship between the production of ‘mono’ (which means products, objects or things in Japanese) and mankind.

Application details of MONO MAKERS PROGRAM

ORGANISER
NN Life Insurance Company
Japan Cultural Exchange

SUPPORTED BY
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Program Schedule

Application period:
Monday, 1 May 2023 (from 16:00) – Friday, 9 June 2023

Announcement of the selected pair:
mid-June 2023

Hands-on support period:
mid-June 2023 – end of March 2024

*The selection committee of the program will discuss and consider all applicants and projects. Selected pairs will be announced on this website. The selection committee will not provide applicants with comments, reviews or feedbacks regarding their application.

PERIOD OF MONO MAKERS PROGRAM
May 1, 2023 – March, 2024

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
1 creative pair consisting of a designer based in the Netherlands and a maker based in Japan

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS


To apply for the program, a designer based in the Netherlands and a maker based in Japan must be willing to collaborate and join this program together. The application must be submitted jointly by these parties.

To apply for the program, the applicant from Japan must:

a) be a manufacturer of lifestyle products or fashion products. The program is not aimed at producing art, nor for promotional purposes.

b) be able to produce at least one piece of product as a result together with the collaborating partner with the aim of presenting the result in physical exhibitions and give presentations about the collaboration during the program.

d) understand the purpose of the program, and be able to be present for over 4/5 of the period of the program.

e) be able to communicate with the collaborating partner in English and to communicate with local people, especially during the study trip and network event in the Netherlands.

f) be able to speak and understand daily conversations in English.

g) have sufficient communication skills and be open for discussion and to new ideas from the collaborating partner.

h) finish creating the end result by the end of March 2024. The official period of the program is set from May 1, 2023 to March, 2024.

To apply for the program, the applicant from the Netherlands must:

a) be an active designer for lifestyle products or fashion products. The program is aimed at product designers and is not meant for architects, artists, photographers, filmmakers or web designers, nor for promotional purposes.

b) be able to produce at least one piece of product as a result together with the collaborating partner with the aim of presenting the result in physical exhibitions and give presentations about the collaboration during the program.

d) understand the purpose of the program and be able to be present for over 4/5 of the period of the program.

e) be able to communicate with the collaborating partner in English and to communicate with members from Japan at the study trip or network event in the Netherlands.

f) be able to speak and understand daily conversations in English.

g) have sufficient communication skills and be open for discussion with the collaborating partner.

h) finish creating the end result by the end of March 2024. The official period of the program is set from May 1, 2023 to March, 2024.

HOW TO APPLY


Applicants are required to submit the below documents to info@monojapan.nl (please mention on subject Application for MONO MAKERS PROGRAM) by Friday, 9 June 2023.

The application must be submitted jointly by a designer based in the Netherlands and a maker based in Japan.

Applicants must submit:
– Name of Applicant 1
– Link of ‘Profile page’ in MONO MAKERS MEET of Applicant 1
– Name of Applicant 2
– Link of ‘Profile page’ in MONO MAKERS MEET of Applicant 2
– Motivation letter regarding the collaboration in English.
– Targeted goal by the collaboration (What does your collaboration aim to achieve with our support?)
– Reference visuals and texts (images, sketches, presentation, etc. showing us the content of the collaboration)

Please note that applicants are also asked to write a motivation letter in English.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION


The selection committee of the MONO MAKERS PROGRAM will deliberate and discuss all the applicants/projects. The selected pair will be announced on our website by mid-June 2023 (planned).

* The committee will not provide each applicant with any comments, reviews or reasons concerning the application.

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Period of introduction: Jun. 2023
Workshops: Jul. – Aug. 2023
Preparation of collaboration and presentation at the MONO JAPAN Fair: Aug. 2023
Presentation at MONO JAPAN fair: 15-17 Sep. 2023
Study tour & studio visit: 18 – 20 Sep. 2023
Collaboration: Oct. – Dec. 2023
Production: Jan – Mar. 2024 (Support program ends in March, 2024)
Exhibition in Tokyo: Mar. 2024
Exhibition in Amsterdam: Sep. 2024
* The schedule is subject to change.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
Japan Cultural Exchange
[Address] ter Wadding 38, 2253 LZ Voorschoten, The Netherlands
[TEL/FAX] +31-6-3831-2750
[Email] info@monojapan.nl

The result will be announced by May 31, 2023 on our website.

Do you have any questions?
If you have any questions about the support program or this platform, email your question to our colleagues of the MONO MAKERS MEET project at info@monojapan.nl

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