[P*DA x R for Repair] Canvas: A Shoe Repair x Design Kit Workshop

Hans Tan, together with his ex-students Mervyn Chen and Ng Luowei, conducted a public workshop on 29 September 2023 to showcase the art of repair using a canvas repair kit designed by Chen and Ng. The workshop not only gave participants an opportunity to mend cuts and holes in their shoes, but also a chance to unleash their creativity and give their shoes a new look.

Participants were shown how easy it was to repair their worn-out pair of shoes just by using simple materials like quick-drying rubber paint and guided pre-cut stencils. The process proved so beneficial that some participants even took these materials home for further experimentation!

Through this hands-on experience, participants also gained valuable insights about the concept behind R for Repair, a P*DA 2023 Design of the Year recipient. The project seeks to positively reframe the idea of repair as an inspiring activity that produces aspiring outcomes.

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This programme was presented in conjunction with the P*DA 2023 Exhibition, which was shown at the library@orchard from 26 August to 10 October 2023 as part of Singapore Design Week 2023.

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