Craftivism is…

Last week, we organised a wonderful session at Dialogue Café. In the framework of our cycle “Global Exchange of Crafts Makers” we provided a special focus to craftivism, a gentle and creative way of protesting and bringing social change. An issue about I also share information through the European Cultural Foundation ECF Craftivism Lab.

During this session I had the pleasure of sharing a wonderful moment with Ana from Colectivo Metamorfilia, Sónia from Guerrilha Crochet Yarn Bombing Society, Teresa from Fashion Revolution Portugal, Gugui, from Gugui Cebey Textile Artist, and Nina from Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro.

This is a short and personal report of one the best sessions I´ve never organised.

Thank you!

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Sustainable Clothing

April was an excited and reflexive month.

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When you are defining a new textile concept project and investing so many efforts on professionally stregthening your dressmaking competencies at almost 40 years old, you must to consider the contribution you want to bring to the field in order to reduce textile industry impact in the planet and people´s lives.

The organisation of this amazing session on sustainable clothing by Dialogue Café in partnership with Fashion Revolution Portugal and in cooperation with Fashion Revolution France and Fashion Revolution Brasil was an extremely rich experience, both at the professional and personal level.

With Dialogue Café network, we had the amazing opportunity of putting together amazing, creative and committed people. Mostly women, they are bringing to the creative sector a consistent new wave of values based on sustainability, ethics and innovation with the aim of raising awareness about the unsustainable consomption attitudes of our contemporary societies and the abusive labour conditions applied by many fast fashion global companies.

Some of these brands applied innovative methods through upcycling, other through design, some other by implementing labour conditions based on justice and respect. Most of them using local resources and organic materials.

During the discussion many ideas and issues were raised, but we all agreed we have different forms of applying change and all of them have an added value.

 I kept in mind the ones I found more interesting: the relevance of linking design products to lovestories, the challenge of defining a cost-effective business model, the need of using local resources as well as the impact of working in cooperation with other stakeholders.

The Global Exchange of Crafts Makers is giving me, giving us, the opportunity of exchanging so many thoughts and experiences, of promoting mutual learning.

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However what I loved the most from this session was the opportunity of meeting so many inspiring people.

This moment was exciting and encouraging, a unique empowerment opportunity.

Thank You!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artesanía y desarrollo?

Parece que es hoy cuando iniciamos finalmente el ciclo.

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Tras organizar el ciclo de creative hubs y emprendimiento social y la sesión de empoderamiento de mujeres e industrias creativas, con la red de Dialogue Cafés llegamos a la conclusión de que sería muy interesante organizar un ciclo sobre artesanía para debatir desde los aspectos más generales que le incumben, como los desafíos y oportunidades del sector, hasta aspectos más concretos como la internacionalización del sector o el diálogo entre tradición y diseño.

El arte y la artesanía siempre han estado ahí, el desarrollo también. Parece que después de 10 años, abro de nuevo el camino para casarlos.

A new challenge

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!