Article by Fang-Wu Tung, International Journal of Design (2012)
This article describes a research project in which rush weavers and design students worked together to create new home décor and fashion accessory products, combining rush-woven and mass-produced components.
Excerpt from abstract:
This study aims to explore how designers may collaborate with artisans to unearth new opportunities for a local craft and how designers can make contributions to the artisan community. Rush-weaving is a traditional local handcraft practiced by generations of Taiwanese artisans using indigenous materials to make functional and decorative items.
To research the possibilities of a craft-design collaboration, a monitored project was conducted, where local rush weavers and design students worked together to create new product concepts. Drawing from the collaborative experience, this study proposes a craft-design collaboration process to form the basis of an approach for local craft development and sustainability.
The full article is freely available via the International Journal of Design website
Images courtesy of Fang-Wu Tung