SUSTAINABLE CRAFT NETWORKS

SUSTAINABLE CRAFT NETWORKS

A PROJECT grouping craft producers from 5 countries. It will research and share knowledge to help craft businesses become more sustainable.

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About the Sustainable Craft Networks Partnership

The Sustainable Craft Networks Partnership brings together grouping of craft producers from five member states. The Partnership will research, investigate and share knowledge, know-how and good practice on how to assist both craft businesses themselves and the networks of which they are part to become more sustainable. It will research the different and innovative ways that craft businesses and their associations are using to:
• meet the labour market and training needs of craft businesses,
• generate sales (particularly in the current economic downturn),
• and improve product and process innovation as a key driver of business sustainability.

The partnership will then disseminate that information and learning through the innovative use of video diaries, pod-casts and web-blogging, thereby promoting non-formal and informal learning and strengthening mutual learning.

Craft producers typically produce specialised and often labour intensive products, many of which have a high design input and/or incorporate a traditional (and usually dying) skill. As such these items are usually sold as high value added products. In an economic downturn, where people invariable cut their discretionary spending on such items, craft producer face a particularly difficult trading situation. Many of these businesses are subsistence level businesses, with little financial reserves, hence there is a great need for these businesses to learn from each other (peer learning) on how to make their business more innovative and sustainable.

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jane sutherland shared Heather Parker's blog post on Facebook
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Profile IconWanda Hills and Jacelyn Mulligan joined SUSTAINABLE CRAFT NETWORKS
Aug 9, 2013
Clive Lyttle posted a status
"For more up to date info on Hands on Workshops please follow Elaine Burke @weligcrafts on twitter."
Jun 4, 2013
Clive Lyttle posted a status
"We have recently launched www.handsonworkshops.org.uk an exciting new traditional crafts workshop series."
Jun 4, 2013
Heather Parker posted a blog post

'Finnished Paper' Exhibition

Once again, Ards Crafts is working with our Partners in the Cultural Centre of Vanha Paukku in Lapua, Finland to host an international schools' exhibition as part of the annual Art in the Loft exhibition series.Pupils aged 14-16 from secondary schools in Ards and Lapua created 3D models which reflected…See More
Apr 22, 2013
Heather Parker posted events
Apr 22, 2013
Chey McAllister is now a member of SUSTAINABLE CRAFT NETWORKS
Apr 22, 2013
Tim Bolton posted an event

Making Futures Conference 2013 Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice www.makingfutures@plymouthart.ac.uk at Mount Edgcoombe

September 26, 2013 to September 27, 2013
The 3rd edition of the bi-annual international conference will take place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September 2013 within the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe estate opposite the city of Plymouth, Devon, UK     Making Futures aims to bring together an international cast of practitioners, academics, curators, campaigners, activists, and representatives from associated organisations and agencies, to investigate contemporary craft as a 'change agent' within 21st century society. The CALL…See More
Feb 5, 2013
Tim Bolton is now a member of SUSTAINABLE CRAFT NETWORKS
Feb 5, 2013
Jan Campbell posted photos
Dec 13, 2012
Heather Parker posted blog posts
Nov 5, 2012
Robert Martin posted a status
"R-Space gallery Printmaking and Weaving workshop series 32 Castle Street Lisburn BT27 4XE Enquiries/booking Tel: 028 92663179"
Oct 22, 2012
Robert Martin and Heather Parker are now friends
Oct 22, 2012
Profile Icongill mcneill and Robert Martin joined SUSTAINABLE CRAFT NETWORKS
Oct 22, 2012
Heather Parker posted a blog post

Creative Peninsula 2012

Creative Peninsula 2012 has arrived!! The Creative Peninsula is Northern Ireland’s premier art and craft Open Studio event.Taking place from the 3rd - 12th August 2012, we invite you to share in a celebration of creativity around the Ards. Join Artists and Makers in their own studios, book onto a workshop and be…See More
Jul 10, 2012
Tatus Ochoa LLada posted photos
Jun 20, 2012

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'Finnished Paper' Exhibition

Once again, Ards Crafts is working with our Partners in the Cultural Centre of Vanha Paukku in Lapua, Finland to host an international schools' exhibition as part of the annual Art in the Loft exhibition series.

Pupils aged 14-16 from secondary schools in Ards and Lapua created 3D models…

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Posted by Heather Parker on April 22, 2013 at 14:30

A Selection of Seasonal Harp Music

Enjoy a seasonal musical treat whilst shopping for that unique handcrafted…

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Posted by Heather Parker on November 5, 2012 at 16:18

'O Tannenbaum' @the Space, Ards Crafts

 

Ards Crafts presents ‘O Tannenbaum’, a showcase of Christmas decorations, specially 'crafted for…

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Posted by Heather Parker on November 5, 2012 at 16:03

Creative Peninsula 2012

Creative Peninsula 2012 has arrived!!

 

The Creative Peninsula is Northern Ireland’s premier art and craft Open Studio event.

Taking place from the 3rd - 12th August 2012, we invite you to share in a celebration of creativity around the…

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Posted by Heather Parker on July 10, 2012 at 11:41

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