After the recent post sharing my top 12 references relating to the Design Routes research, I thought I’d put together a list of my top 10 links for the project.
These are designers and organisations who are especially active in the area of ‘culturally significant’ designs, products and practices - specifically within the ‘revitalising products’ category of our draft taxonomy, where the interests of artisans must be considered. If you’re interested in finding out more about this kind of activity, these websites are definitely worth a browse.
So - in no particular order - here goes:
Stephen Burks Man Made ‘For over a decade, Stephen Burks has dedicated his work to building a bridge between authentic craft traditions, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Since 2005, Burks has consulted with nonprofits .… uniting the artisan, the designer, and global brands in a triangle of immersive development.’
Artecnica Design w/Conscience ‘Design w/Conscience is a program to manufacture and produce products in accordance with humanitarian and environmentally friendly principles, founded by Artecnica in 2002 … Artecnica’s vision is to introduce into the world’s artisanal communities two essential components: the designer and the project producer.’
New For Old ‘In collaboration with the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT), the British Council is currently scoping a significant regional programme in the field of craft, design and innovation. The exciting new programme, called New for Old, aims to promote, support and develop the craft and design sector, helping to make it more sustainable and viable for designers, entrepreneurs and their communities.’
Aid to Artisans ‘We create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk. We blend a passion for the deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions of the developing world with a commitment to building profitable businesses.’
Artesanía de Galicia ‘Galicia has a regional government … which is responsible for developing and promoting their own policies to encourage the Galician craft sector. With this goal in 2011 creates the brand Artesanía de Galicia (Galician Crafts), a unique image for our craft products, a guarantee of quality and prestige in international markets and a platform that facilitates the promotion and commercialization of the sector.’
Atelier Courbet ‘Atelier Courbet is a shop with an adjacent gallery presenting exquisite objects, furniture, textile, lighting collections and home accessories scoured from the world’s most revered workshops established as far back as the 16th century. Like galleries to artists, the team represents a portfolio of master-craftsmen that carry on traditional, painstaking savoir-faire and extend their smithery to our contemporary lifestyle.’
Patty Johnson ‘Patty Johnson .… collaborates with partners, enterprises, manufacturers, communities, governments, and designers creating new kinds of design programs and product collections. Although based in Toronto, she thinks of her studio as a mobile network looking to combine the strengths of complimentary groups to build new linkages, new cultures and new ideas.’
The New Craftsmen ‘The New Craftsmen works with a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers to showcase the materials, skills and craft products of the British Isles … We present objects that are deeply connected to culture and place. Our distinct position is to forge collaborations with designers and makers to give a contemporary take on specific skills and materials.’
Alliance for Artisan Enterprise ‘The Alliance is a collaborative effort of over 64 members, including small and medium enterprises, corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals who are working together to promote the full potential of artisan enterprises around the world. The mission of the Alliance is to support the power and potential of the artisan sector, to create jobs, increase incomes, enhance cultural heritage and promote development that respects the uniqueness of people and place.’
DARA Artisans ‘Media veterans Dan and Dara Brewster founded DARA Artisans to share the work of incredible craftspeople worldwide. They believe that handmade designs have the power to enrich our lives with beauty and meaning. Connecting artisans with the global marketplace their work deserves, enables them to make larger contributions to their own communities.’
Photo by Flickr user Rafael Edwards (see original), used under a Creative Commons BY 2.0 licence.