On the Road of Craftsmanship
ON THE ROAD OF CRAFTSMANSHIP
December 14-15, 2013
Made in Town
Folkdays is born from the travel discoveries of Lisa, Heidi and Kimon, three friends who fall in love with various local crafts while abroad. Wanting to support the local businesses they had found and sharing the techniques they had seen, they partnered with seven artisans to create a selection of bags, jewellery and accessories available under the brand Folkdays.
Currently, the project comprises a blog and online shop that not only displays the products but spotlights the artisans themselves, documenting them in action vis à vis their specific crafts.
Between Cambodian ikat printing, Thai silversmithing, or Laotian vine-weaving, Folkdays forms small-scale partnerships with a long-term view. In addition to paying fair wages for the work of their partners, they also invest 10% of their profits into the development of the production facilities.
By introducing remote producers to online consumers who would otherwise be unable to discover them, Folkdays develops the viability and visibility of preserving various ancestral know-how. Visitors to Folkdays will encounter not just products and regions, but also faces and names, forging connections which would otherwise be impossible.
The trio will soon be traveling again – this time to India and Bangladesh in early 2014 – and hope to expand their line into home-goods in the near future.
Incredible jewels, for both men and women, are available at Alessandro Nicotra’s shop located in the vicinity of Campo de’ Fiori. Based on an old Renaissance technique, gold or silver filaments are woven into wefts and colours chosen by the customer.
To Give Oneself Work is the reedition of a performance realized by Juliette Roche last year at the Glasgow School of Art. Over many days, from morning until evening, the Parisian artist, born in 1987, occupies a space accessible to the public, organized like an atelier. She works there with wood and various materials towards a final exhibition which will conclude the performance.
In order to promote the know-how and characteristics of the tapestry from Aubusson, the county town of the French region of Creuse, Made in Town conducted a series of three documentary videos at the request of the International City of the Tapestry and Woven art, in partnership with l’Institut français de la mode and with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.