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Innovation in Craft & Design


Sat, Jan 20, 2018

3:00 pm — 5:00 pm




Free, but requires RSVP


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Interior Designers of Canada

C536-43 Hanna Avenue


Craft and tradition reflect a deep respect for ancient knowledge. Cultivated experience and unique techniques are regularly at risk of obsolescence as modern technologies sweep in with efficiency and LED screens. With mass culture comes the opposite response: nostalgia for how things were. A desire for handmade and one of a kind objects have come back in abundance, reinvigorating value into our day to day lives. However, one-of-kind does not tend to make for sustainable practice, nor does mass production. How can craft industries enable alternate economies?

This talk will discuss issues of sustainability that are important to both rural artisanal populations and the mass market. Speaking with designers working with artisanal populations across the world, craft industries will be examined for their potential to redefine markets and achieve sustainable practices.

This talk is hosted by Jenny Boucher and Mauricio Navarro of DAR Proyectos Peru. DAR Proyectos is a social innovation model blending design and business partnerships with development training for 300 rural female artisans. This new collective of entrepreneurship is building a female-based economy by fusing contemporary design with artisanal tradition, and will present new ideas in lighting design.

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Jenny Boucher, Mauricio Navarro Aldave, Rachel MacHenry, Munira Amin