Andre Reid is an active protagonist in the work to understand, develop and grow access to opportunities, skills & experiences for creative citizens throughout Birmingham. After graduating from Birmingham’s School of Architecture & Design in 2013, Andre has organised, managed and co-curated a number of low-barrier opportunities for creative individuals & groups to increase their sense of agency and/ or build sustainable businesses: from Blacktapestudios – Coworking Production Space, 2014-2016; to PopIN UK’s – 6 month fusion pop-up store, 2016.
Andre’s current venture KIONDO, continues his theme of access over ownership by bridging the gap between designers and the everyday individual’s creative intelligence. KIONDO aims to empower the everyday person to design & make the items around them to fulfil their own needs, maximising & aiding in the evolution of open-source design and digital fabrication. KIONDO’s work centres greatly around disassembling typical power dynamics, rethinking consumerism and using learnt experience to build a circular & regenerative economy which is both fun and exciting to live within.