Crafting intercultural dialogue

Crafting cultural heritage: how to promote intercultural dialogue and diversity through traditional crafts” is the topic of the next session I´m organising with Dialogue Café Association in the framework of the Global Exchange of Crafts Makers.

See you in Évora, Lisbon, Novi Pazar or Rio de Janeiro!

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Olutosin, quilter‬ and ‪‎craftivist‬

“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


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Artesanía y desarrollo?

Parece que es hoy cuando iniciamos finalmente el ciclo.


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.

Let´s fete traditional art in a modern world

“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,”


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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!



Craft army brings change


Source: The Guardian

“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 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?