Over the past couple of years, arts and crafts have become increasingly popular all over the world. The revival of the demand for artisanal goods and manual skills comes at a time, where everything one could ‘wish’ for (in terms of consupmtion) seems to be accessible 24/7 nearly everywhere in the world without any effort. However, more and more people seem to long for a deeper connection with the goods they buy. And more and more people return to learning manual crafts and trades – including myself.
My idea is to set up a creative hub (a “workhouse collective”) where artists and craftsmen work alongside in a sort of a small village-like community. The collective would serve several purposes:
- As workspace – Artists (painters, sculptors, jewellers etc) and craftsmen (welder, cabinetmaker, blacksmithes and the like) work side by side in common or close by workspaces to share equipment and tools (shared costs) but also to share and spark each others inspiration
- As a learning hub – Studios and some workspaces would be set up in a way that would allow visitors to watch the artists/craftsmen work and several common spaces should be provided for to offer regular practical training workshops (e.g. for the wider public)
- As social hub – Joint exhibitions but also open-air events like classic concerts or open-air cinema in summer or lectures could be organised in the centre of the creative hub.