First evaluated indicators of the Craft Your Future project

The Leeuwarden meeting was already evaluated by the project partners, after the processing the data extracted by the responses of the young participants of the meeting, for which our partner of the Polytechnic University of Valencia has taken responsibility. We can announce as a very satisfactory data that young people considered the knowledge they obtained about the traditions and crafts of the region as a very high (84.7%), and what is relevant for the EU, which can be assumed for their future. .

Fig. 1. Graph of the response young people gave, after the first meeting of the project, to the importance of cultural heritage and crafts. (1 = Strongly disagree; 5 = Strongly agree)

Regarding the effects and importance of the circular economy, a very similar result is also reproduced (84.6%).

Fig. 2. Students received examples of circular economy during the meeting

Regarding the interest and the possibilities of innovating through digital manufacturing technologies, the data is lower but with a high figure of 76%, although they consider it very important for them (also in 84.6)

Other relevant figures are:

  • the stimulus of creativity because of the participation in the meeting (92.4%),
  • the relevance of being able to access spaces that enable this creativity (92.3%), as was the DLab.

Fig. 3. Students believe it is important to develop creativity and have meeting spaces that stimulate that creativity in the EU (fablabs, hackerspaces, creative hubs, etc.)

Regarding the meeting held in the Netherlands, the data reflects both satisfaction and the fulfillment of objectives in a very high level: 69.2% recognize that they can develop competencies around the project areas in a short-medium term and that this can influence the work level (77% would like to work in some of these lines in the future), and 53.8 believe the possibility that innovative projects can be developed around these three areas is very high.

Fig. 4. Young people consider that it is very possible to innovate through handicrafts, circular economy and creative technologies
Fig. 5. Students think more initiatives in these fields should be developed un teh EU
  • 77% are interested to learn deeper in these fields
  • 69.3 believes that it would be necessary to have specific information on the Internet,
  • 100% believe it is necessary to develop more initiatives of this style in the EU.
  • Almost 80% believe that teachersshould provide them with more information in this field,

In a next post we will continue to report the impact of the project through these indicators.

Student training week in Bulgaria

Students from the Netherlands, Spain and Bulgaria will training this week on crafts that are still being practised in Bulgaria. The training will be supervised by Eileen Blackmore from House of Design and teacher Frank Kroondijk from Friesland College.

Value of crafts and local skills
The students will experience the value of crafts and gain insight into local skills. This knowledge and these skills, combined with new digital techniques and preferably renewable raw materials, will be used for making utensils.

‘After a visit to the Art Academy in Tryavna, the students Interior design from Leeuwarden and Valencia were wildly enthusiastic. They wanted to stay longer to learn the skills that we have already forgotten here.’– Eileen Blackmore.

Added value
The students will learn to make products that do not end up in the trash after a few uses. If you design and create something properly, it will have more value than mass products from China. These are punched out of a mold, transported around the world in container ships and then, following a short lifespan, end up on the rubbish dump via the gray container.

The training week coincides with a large international Craft Congress in Etar, the open ethonographic museum in Gabrovo. During the congress, artisans will not only show their products, but especially their skills, and they will discuss the role of crafts in the current economy.