studio siem | pabon teaches prisoners the craft of bike welding
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on the occasion of the 2014 dutch design awards, graduates of the design academy of eindhoven, anne pabon and siem lenders of studio siem | pabon have been presented with an €11 000 euro grant to support their socially sustainable ‘las_tig’ bike project. their initiative draws its name from a combination of the dutch words ‘lastig’, which means ‘difficult’, and ‘tig las’ which is a type of weld — these two definitions informing us of the creative activities that pabon and lenders are engaged in. in its essence, ‘las_tig’ is a course that teaches prisoners the art of welding, with their work being finalized in the form of a completed bicycle. the aim of studio siem | pabon’s proposal is to generate enthusiasm amongst inmates by teaching them a valuable skill which they can apply in their lives once their sentence is over. the process is both practical and rewarding as participants receive a diploma upon mastering the complicated craft, and completing the course.

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welding detail




the first inmate to take part and complete the program is richardo, whose finished bicycle frame is on display at dutch design week 2014 in the ‘sense/nonsense’ exhibition which runs until november 9th, 2014.

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the ‘las_tig’ project teaches prisoners the art of welding bikes