Leila Ben-Gacem, Fabric of Change Ashoka Fellow, is bringing a new life to local artisans through social entrepreneurship. Her initiative, Blue Fish is aimed at supporting craft communities to “adapt to global market trends to their own heritage and hence threatening the evolution of national cultures”. Passionate about cultural diversity they believe positive socio-economic development can exists through arts & crafts.
In this interview written by Ashoka , Tara Roberts explains how Tunisian artisans are supported.
Read the interview and find a good practice to replicate everywhere.
“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?