In 14th century Germany, tradesmen would leave their homes and travel to different countries for three years and one day. During this time, they’d meet and work with other craftsmen, perfect their trade and return home as master craftsmen. It was known as the tradition of journeyman. They wore a unique attire comprising bell-bottomed trousers, top hat and tailored vest; they could carry only two sets of clothes, one for travel and one for work, all wrapped up in a cloth bundle tied to the end of a long stick. They also carried a travel book in which they’d write about their daily experiences and this book was also their passport, which would be stamped by the Mayor of the town as proof of their visit to that place. Most importantly, the journeymen were not allowed to pay for their travel, boarding and lodging from their own pockets. Instead, they were expected to seek work in exchange for boarding and lodging. When the journeyman returned home after his voyage, he was undeniably wiser, kinder and knowledgeable; a changed man. Above all he came back as a fearless man; one who experienced diverse cultures, discovered many languages, met different people and learnt to respect the multiplicity of this universe. ( quote from an article about my design-journey in Bangalore mirror after being in India )


January 2010

Dudes and Dudettes, I have a plan!

Now that I am 28 and haven’t lost a bit of excitement for the beautiful things in life ( in my case this is architecture, photography and the design of things itself ) I finally confront myself with that long-time plan: “take it to the road…around the globe!“

Within the framework of the tradition of a journeyman, I am travelling the world.
Wikipedia says: In parts of Europe, as in later medieval Germany, spending time as a journeyman (Geselle), moving from one town to another to gain experience of different workshops, was an important part of the training of an aspirant master. Carpenters in Germany have retained the tradition of traveling journeymen even today, although only a small minority still practice it. In later medieval England, however, most journeymen remained as employees throughout their careers, lacking the financial resources to set up their own workshops[citation needed]. In France, they were known as Compagnons.

The idea is to translate the travel rules to today´s demands and adapt them to my job as a designer.
Some things concerning this plan are well defined, others will be a surprise for you and a big adventure for myself.

This Online-Blog, will be a companion of me and my experiences, imponderabilities and barriers.

As I don´t belong to a craft and not being a craftsman in a traditional sense but graduated in Architecture and Design, I can´t and won´t implement this traditional rules one-to-one. Yet I tried to include the most important terms into my plan and adapted them to today’s demands.

I´ll spend my days in architecture- and design-companies instead of working in workshops or on building sites and I publish a blog instead of writing a diary. Fully equipped with my own notebook including all necessary programmes and Camera equipment, I am ready for action. As I am working for board and lodging, I don´t draw any salary.

The most important facts summarized:

>Taking it to the road like a new age „design – Journeyman“

>Jobs in architecture companies, design agencies and with photographers.

>It won’t exist a concrete job definition. Construction site management, advertising campaign drafts to the point of carrying photographic equipment or the classic of brewing coffee – everything is possible and legitimate.

>There is no financial compensation. I’m taking the road and work for board and lodging.

>Any kind of material or equipment required for this work is travelling with me, therefore no additional work station has to be initialized for me.

>An „employment“ should last around a month and more in project-related assignments.

>Needless to say that I thought about a route, but to leave it open seems to me the better decision, to react on situations on my way.

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