MADE IN: Crafts—Design Narratives

MADE IN addresses the problems of hyperproduction and distribution of goods of questionable ethics in contemporary society, and with it connected to the disappearance of local craft knowledge, communities and cultural identities. It also addresses the topics of resources, origin, purpose and sustainability of our artificial environment and its relationship to design. The project is envisioned as an international platform for research, design and heritage that acts as a digital repository of crafts and design projects and knowledge, the network for craftspeople, designers, theoreticians, curators, scholars, and a medium that raises awareness of the alternative models of production based on co-creative and collaborative practices, and a promotional channel that encourages critical discourse about the preservation of local heritage. The results of the first phase of the project (2018 – 2021) come in the form of a Crafts Archive which presents the works and histories of 40 craft businesses in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. Departing from this, project groups of artisans and creatives from all over Europe have dealt with specific themes and challenges of their regions. The results of their work in various shapes and forms are presented online and through a travelling exhibition, and a printed book. The whole process was followed by a series of discursive programs.

#curation #digital #direction #editorial #identity #research #spatial

Self-initiated project conducted in partnership with Museum of Arts and Crafts (Croatia), Museum of Architecture and Design (Slovenia), Werkraum Bregenzerwald (Austria), Nova Iskra and Mikser (Serbia)

Concept, research, art direction, visual identity, organization, website design: Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar
Graphic design for the exhibition: Tina Ivezić
Exhibition design: Nina Bačun, Roberta Bratović, Maja Kolar, Josipa Tadić
Book design: Ivana Borovnjak, Maša Poljanec
Programme directors: Koraljka Vlajo, Dunja Nekić (MUO), Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar (Oaza), Maja Vardjan, Cvetka Požar, Nikola Pongrac (MAO), Thomas Geisler, Miriam Kathrein
(Werkraum Bregenzerwald), Relja Bobić (Nova Iskra), Maja Lalić (Mikser)
Curatorial concept: Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar, Koraljka Vlajo (HR), Maja Vardjan, Cvetka Požar (SI), Thomas Geisler, Miriam Kathrein (AT), Relja Bobić (RS)

Book: 490 pp / 230 x165 mm / softcover / Croatian
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Text: Towards Social design: Made in Ilica
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2018 – 2021

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