CyF: Corona Challenge Aftermovie is here! 🎉

To remember the best moments from the event, we have created this aftermovie:

Corona Challenge was a unique experience both for us and for students – there are not a lot of projects, where HBO, MBO and international students are working together. This was the first step to change that! We hope that you enjoyed participating in the event, and are looking forward to the next (hopefully, not Corona related 😉) event like this.

Circular soap-making at D’Lab sustainability festival

How does soapmaking springs from our Craft Your Future ideation game? Easy! Just connect the dots.

At the circular makersevent #Casco organised by Friesland College D’Lab as part of Craft your Future , students connected the dots crafts (soap making), trends&tech (3d printing & DIY) and circularity (recycle).

The Craft your Future Ideation game, developed by Learning Hub Friesland, uses product ideation cards. By playing the game, students groups invent new products which combines traditional crafts, new trends and technologies and the circular economy to solve a real-world challenge. Students pick a wildcard to keep them on their toes.

At the festival we solved a challenge the Frisian Waterboard facing, and tested the solution; a Do It Yourself soap making kit.

Challenge: Waterboards in the Netherlands spend millions of euros annually on removing deep-frying fat from the sewer. Especially around new year’s eve, the Dutch tend to flush their used frying fat (used for the traditional new year’s dish ‘oliebollen’) through the sink, resulting in clogging and pollution.

Result: Soap bars made from used deep fry fat. The product is a Do It Yourself soap making home kit which will be a free give away when people buy deep frying fat in December. The kit includes the recipe, some basic ingredients and  necessities and 3D print instruction for the mall and stamp with logo. By working together with the waterboards and solving their problem the total investment will be made by the waterboard.

Craft Your Future as example at the National info day of Erasmus+

Ben Bosch – 14 november 2019

On November 14th Erna van der Werff (Learning Hub Friesland) and Hendrik Jan Hoekstra of Friesland College presented the project Craft Your Future at a national meeting of the national agency.

They were asked to inspire other schools and supporting organisations to make use of the possibilities that ERASMUS+ has to offer.

Craft Your Future also stands out nationwide because, from the start, many parties have became involved in the regions that work together in this project. This is also what makes the project so powerful because the material developed helps the partners in the regions to achieve support for the theme.

Hendrik Jan focused on how a European programme can help to achieve the school’s own objectives. Erna focused on the creation and organisation of a local and European network.

What is clearly stated is that it is also very nice to work directly with students in a project. After all, that is what a school does it for. Students are critical and therefore very valuable to give feedback on the already developed materials.

Dutch, Bulgarian and Spanish students show their Craft Your Future designs in Valencia

Students from Friesland College, Tryavna Craft school and the University of Valencia showed their work during the Craft Exhibition in the Craft Centre of the Valencian Community in Spain. In early April it was all about the European Days of Crafts. In this context several activities were be organised, amongst which the Craft your Future student exposition with objects from the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Spain.

In the Netherlands, under the supervision of Friesland College teachers Harm de Jong and Frank Kroondijk, the Dutch students worked on their design objects following the Craft Your Future principles: to combines traditional crafts, new techniques and a circular economy. Craft your Future is an Erasmus+ project in which Dutch partners Friesland College, Learning Hub Friesland and House of Design cooperate with the University of Valencia, Fab Lab Valencia, Tryavna Craft School and FabriC (the Bulgarian foundation for craftsmanship). How can we learn from the craftsmanship of the past for challenges we face today? Craft Your Future makes educational programmes future proof.

Student Masha van Kammen used Friesland Colleges latest acquirement for her design object: the WASP 3D clay printer. Guided by the Dutch designer Lies van Huet, she made ceramic lamps and vases.

Back in 2014, Lies van Huet was inspired by a workshop ‘3D printing with clay’ from Jonathan Keep, a frontrunner in this field. The seed that was planted then, now sprouts. The 3D printer offers us the possibility to, in addition to clay, print multiple other circular materials such as cellulose and PHA from sewage sludge, bioplastics from potato starch and glycerine or a biobased concrete from reed and lignin.

‘The designs are made in the computer programme Vectorworks and printed with the WASP 3D clay printer. The pentagon shapes are one of the first self-made designs I have printed. I chose this shape because it feels uneven, but it is symmetric as well. I made the two twisted designs because I wanted to make something out of porcelain which can’t be made by hand.’ says Masha.

On April 4th 2019, the Craft Your Future exhibition officially opened at the Craft Centre of the Valencian Community in Spain. The partners of the Erasmus+ project Craft your Future were invited to this event and will have their second Transnational Project Meeting to discuss the project progress.

Craft Your Future in Dutch Culture

Heritage connects, Europe inspires. That is the Dutch theme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. Throughout the year, attention is paid to the important role that heritage can play in culturally diverse Europe.

Craft Your Future got the opportunity pitch the Craft Your Future activities. Result: publication of our Craft Your Future activities in the Dutch Culture magazine ‘2018-European Year of Cultural Heritage’

Frisian press published about Craft Your Future: ‘Craft back in prestige in times of sustainability’

Conscious customer and craft company must find each other

Leeuwarder Courant, PIER ABE SANTEMA

LEEUWARDEN We have to deal again with things like pake (grandfather) and beppe (grandmother) used to do: buy craft products and use them as long as possible.

Endless buying, throwing away and buying new again is outdated. As a result, the world becomes dotted with waste which is a waste of precious resources. That message was easy to pick up yesterday morning during the mini congress Craft Your Future, which was held as part of the Frisian Day of Sustainability.

During the congress the role that crafts can play in making society more sustainable was zoomed in on. In the past decades of mass production and just as mass consumption, traditional craftsmanship has been put aside as old-fashioned, but now that sentiment is changing, new respect is being created for the sustainable use of materials that characterises many crafts.

As so often, it has to come from both sides. It is not only the customer who has to find the craftsman again, the craft business also has to innovate to respond to the wishes and tastes of today’s consumers.

Speaker Thomas Eyck told how years ago he was asked by Royal Tichelaar in Makkum to link new designers to the ceramics company in order to increase the falling sales. People were no longer interested in the old designs, so new ones were needed.

Eyck showed his international audience, who sat on second-hand chairs in the recycling shop of the Recycle Boulevard in Leeuwarden, among other things a photo of Makkumer blue pottery with butterflies on it. There was a market for that. But not in the Netherlands, by the way. Here they said: ‘what is beautiful, how much does it cost? And then they were gone.”’ Eyck didn’t mince his words:  You need sales to keep the business going. But craft products have a price tag. An object has to cost what it costs”.

Not only craftsmanship can contribute to a more sustainable economy, but also the use of natural and local raw materials does. The Portuguese Ana Mestre told how she had given the cork industry in her country a boost by developing new applications and products for it.

Portugal has one of the largest forests in the world with trees whose bark produces cork. After peeling, the bark grows back and after nine years, cork can be used again. The tree remains intact. The material is traditionally used a lot for corks on wine bottles, but in the production 50 percent becomes waste.

Mestre thought this was a sin and wondered whether she could create anything valuable with the unused cork grains by means of design. After much experimentation – and many failures, Mestre says – new ways of making cork products emerged. It led to the creation of her company Corque, which mainly makes furniture. There were plenty of buyers, so the cork industry was enthusiastic.

Prior to the mini congress, a Trojan horse made of waste wood and plastic litter on a pontoon on the Harlingervaart began a trip through the Leeuwarder canals. Students from Friese Poort, Friesland College and NHL Stenden Hogeschool wanted to make the public aware of the growing mountain of plastic waste. Passers-by could exchange their PET bottle with them for a reusable drinking bottle.