D.I.Y culture & the joy of doing the work
Meet: Matan Fadida



Meet the visual artist and object maker based in Tamaki Makaurau, Matan Fadida.


Matan’s practice is an ongoing study of materials, processes, and design as art. Over the years, Matan has designed and built many things, and admits that the joy always comes from doing the work.







As a naive 18 year old, Matan didn’t know who he was, or who he wanted to be. What ‘making’ provided was a sense of identity, he had to think about what it was he wanted to build around him, and how he would fit in that space. With an interest in showcasing the design process and letting the material in his work speak for itself, Matan’s brutally honest approach to making - from sketch through to craft - is one of the many reasons we respect his work.








THE PROCESS:

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1. HAVING AN IDEA 

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2. FIGURING OUT HOW TO DO IT 

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3. FAILING 

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4. LEARNING HOW TO DO IT BETTER 

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5. DOING IT 













 Words by Matan:


“My practice is a constant exploration of materials, processes, and design as art. I’m interested in showcasing the design process and letting the materials speak for themselves. By doing so, this displays the authenticity of my design process and creates a unique design language. Through sharing my work online, mainly via Instagram, I’ve discovered there is a genuine interest as people gain a better insight behind my work. Having implemented this method over the years, I feel this has provoked motivation and inspiration that stems from D.I.Y culture. It enlightens the concept of wanting something and having the ability to make it. I would like to continue to explore this idea as I grow as a creative and expand my reach. In hopes to contribute/build a community that promotes good work and the ability we all have to create and shape our own space.” Matan, 2020



  1. matanfadida.com

  2. @matanfadidia

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI1T8GxcYwQ