Hip Hawker, Somerset 2012
Hip Hawker workshop, 2012
Hip Hawker was a collaborative project initiated by international artist/designer team Konvertible, Lisa Cheung (based in Granada, Spain & London) and Sammy Delgado Escobar (Madrid) with Somerset artists:  Fiona Campbell, Sarah Conway-dyer, Gary
Dickins, Liz Green, Fiona Hingston, Leah Hislop, Lucy Lean and Tracy Nesbit.

Hip Hawker, set of mobile kiosks were conceived and built during an intensive two day workshop among the artists to creatively exhibit some of the creations and experiments made during Cafe Konvertible (a series of open workshops sited in Somerset during SAW 2011.  The workshops   including textiles, metal, printing inviting all ages to participate).

The philosophy of Konvertible is a model of working.  It takes the form of a collective brainstorm where participants act as peers exchanging ideas and skills to form a working artistic team.  “We choose materials that are readily available and inexpensive to produce products that are inexpensive but well-designed and unique.  Upcycling and recycling are key to our material choices.  We explore and combine a range of techniques: simple craft & arts construction, expert artisan skills to digital technologies to produce surprising and interesting combinations.”

Cafe Konvertible, Somerset 2011
Cafe Konvertible http://cafekonvertible.blogspot.com was a collaborative art project by Konvertible  for Somerset Arts Weeks 2011. The theme of this edition of Konvertible was "Cafe Life" and was showcased in a vintage VW caravan that toured around Somerset, UK.  The workshops were varied and focused on particular skill or technique.  Some workshops were open to all, while others are more focused enlisting participants with specialist skills and knowledge.  The workshops included printmaking, textile, knitting, metal work and ceramics. However, all workshops encouraged exchange and learning amongst participants.  

Materials were sources from waste streams and upcycled through various processes.  The materials ranged from recycled clothes and fabrics that were knitted, used ceramic ware refired with original decals, re-silk screened t-shirts, used metal cutlery.

The materials/results produced during one workshop were then passed onto the next workshop to be continued to be worked on and elaborated on (i.e. fabric printed during the printing workshop was then worked on by participants in the textile workshop to make handbags, tablecloths, etc.).  The products of each edition of Konvertible are unique to each locale's participants and a result of a collective production.

Konvertible, Bedford 2010
Konvertible Koisk with products created during workshops.