“Look at the recent studies of happiness, which suggest that individuals are more satisfied when they are part of social network”
— David Gauntlett <Making is Connecting>
Since there are many traditional artisans are doing independent work, we could help them survive in these ways, which allows them to be a part of social network,
· Encourage people to record and learn
· Create a stage to share the process and the story
· Engage design team and cultural protection organization to support them
· Explore marketing opportunity
For example, Harris Tweed is a cloth handwoven by islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.
Make Works is an open access directory of fabricators, material suppliers, workshops and manufacturers. They are making manufacturing accessible. Think of it like a public library. An open resource made by dedicated factory finders where you can discover skilled manufacturers, tools and materials to make work with in your area.
Insights & Opportunities:
· Make their story and products more visible and accessible.
· Use the advantages of the economic environment to help the traditional craftsmanship.
· Those valuable skills can be passed on to the next generation.
· ‘Making is Connecting’
Then, I would like to design a physical product which creates the connection to help them sustain the craftsmanship ( To be a part of social network) .
The connection would between
Craftsman – Craftsman; Craftsman – Supporter (designers); Craftsman – The public