“I wish to build a Treasure Women Town. A paradise for women and girls. Where violence against women will be a thing unheard of. Where gender equality will be the normal way of life.”, Olutosin, a #quilter, a #craftivist from #Nigeria
“I became aware of the fact there were a huge number of extremely talented people trying to make a living in craft, producing beautiful things, and they just had no route to market,”
“I started repairing because I realised there is a lot of work and skill involved in making clothes. It takes a long time. I began to appreciate the skill and effort all these anonymous people put in to making clothes for the high street. If you want to make people understand why £4 for a T-shirt is not the right price, get them to make an item of clothing. We should respect them for making these clothes for us, especially at the prices we pay.”
One of the latest projects I´m working on, is the organisation of a global exchange of makers and crafters.
In the framework of my contribution to Dialogue Cafe Association and in cooperation with other team members based around the globe, we will launch a global cycle of exchanges focused on different issues affecting crafters and artisanship.
Culture and development have been at the heart of my professional path, so this cycle is just another step.
The first session will take place next 28 April. If you want to join in, let us know, maybe there is a Dialogue Cafe in your city!
Next thursday 25 March, I´ll be at Dialogue Café to moderate a nice session on women´s empowerment through creative industries.
In line with some ideas and projects I´m currently developing, I hope this debate will allow us to identify future initiatives aimed at promoting women´s leadership in creative sectors. Creative sectors as crafts, design, arts, fashion design.
You can join us in Évora, Lisbon, Novi Pazar and Rio de Janeiro (from 15h to 16h30 London time)
My passion for embroidery has no limits, this is why I´m not taking this art in my hands, because of the respect I have for this needlework.
Nevertheless, I collect in a virtual, and preliminary, gallery, the work of some wonderful artists I admire. These women use the needle to express feelings, perceptions and visions. From the oldest tradition to the most innovative design, stitching is used as language to speak out.
“At one level our lives are increasingly virtual. The return to making and working with our hands is in part a reaction to that. There’s also an increased awareness of provenance. People are aware of the ethics of where things come from and how they are produced. Then there is the sense of wellbeing that comes with making things yourself.”, by Annie Warburton, the Crafts Council’s creative programme director.
I shared some weeks ago at the Craftivism Lab – ECF Lab, this article wrote by Dan Glaister for the Guardian about market development for crafts and the economic change they are bringing to the UK economy. We all know the British political will and administrative support provided to the craft sector and its army is giving fruitful results and international recognition. In this article we will discover some testimonials and interesting actions brought by the UK Crafts Council. Indeed, it´s an inspiring experience to follow and to adapt to the local needs of other countries.
Do you know something about Portuguese or Spanish political strategy concerning crafts? What about France or other countries?