MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives addresses global overproduction and unethical distribution, including the loss of knowledge of local crafts in communities and cultural identities. We also address issues in production, such as production origins, environmental sustainability, and its relationship to design.
MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives
3rd Prize 2021
Country: Austria, Croatia, Slovenia
Region: Vorarlberg, City of Zagreb, Implemented nationwide
Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy
Fields of action: Community development, Culture, Other
Project owner: Umjetnička organizacija OAZA / Art Organisation OAZA
Responsible person: Ivana Borovnjak
We are a research, design, and heritage platform for new collaborative practices and exchange between crafts artisans and designers. We also work with communities to archive and showcase local crafts. We promote co-created ideas and projects through exhibitions, public discourses, and publishing.
The platform engages crafts artisans and designers to jointly create and implement the project’s products, concepts, and strategies. Researchers, coordinators, and curators from partnering institutions provide expertise, support, lead discussions, and produce archives and exhibitions.
Our platform is a digital repository of projects and information on local crafts and design. We are also a network for professionals and promote alternative models of production based on co-creative processes. We encourage critical discourses on the preservation of local and European heritage.
The project is currently present in 4 European countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Serbia. It can be implemented in other contexts with adaptations to expand the platform’s network. We are also expanding and developing our crafts archive, projects, exhibitions, and community outreach initiatives.
MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives documents, develops, and preserves the know-how of crafting as an expression of cultural identity. The collaboration between design, craft and manufacturing, is what makes the project socially innovative. The platform creates a “Craft 4.0” with authenticity, as well as space to exchange knowledge, share resources, and build local networks. Artisans and producers engage in a creative process and develop new ideas for audiences across industries and borders. MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives is social design through craftsmanship at its best.