In September we are meeting up in East Iceland to discuss the methods and benefits of establishing creative communities, in which creative processes, innovation and local resources meet.
We are expecting designers, crafts people, developers, doers and thinkers, students and other interested and passionate individuals to keep utilizing the workshop in Egilsstaðir for exciting development projects.
Risk assessment for future leisure activities with Platform 10 at Royal College of Art (RCA), Thorunn Arnadottir, Nelly Ben Hayoun and Glamour Et cetera.
The Fish Factory project is a community project in a village of two hundred people which was scarred badly when the Fish Factory which employed most of the habitants was closed some years back.
From reindeer antler, bone and hoofs Mr. Þórhallur Árnason creates a variety of objects. His collection includes scratchers, shoe horns, key rings, wall hooks and jewelry.
Hús Handanna is a platform for MAKE by Þorpið to bring a developed product to the market, be it product design, quality craft, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, graphics, textiles.
A long time ago in a valley by Lake Lagarfljót an unfortunate Icelander must have lost a mitten.
MAKE by Þorpið is participating in a European Union education collaboration program along with Bornholm in Denmark and Nässjö in Sveden. Operating under then name Creative Communities in East Iceland.
The project is organized as a vocational programme run parallel to cluster development around „The Village“ a test project in East Iceland. The objective is to create a vocational culture within the cluster where artists/designers work with local companies/entrepreneurs on product development and innovation.
The region is proposing the project because of their tradition of design, art and industry. The objective is to strengthen the regions by meeting the need of unemployed people and harness their ample supply of knowledge/experience. By motivating these people we are able to connect experience with on-the-job training, skills validation and vocational education for other less skilled. Furthermore connecting craftsmanship with qualified designers and production companies.
The aim of the transfer of innovation Leonardo project „Creative communities“ is to strengthen vocational training, infrastructure, economy and innovative culture in relation to small industry, art, design and production in East-Iceland.
The main areas of knowledge that are expected to be transferred are product design in wool, reindeer leather and wood. Different exploitations of wood and textile, design with wool and/or reindeer leather, and both good and different methods used in marketing and process development for handcrafted or produced products. The aim is that designers and craftsmen in partners countries/regions, along with the manufacturing companies involved, learn new ways of working with their material and that the new knowledge and know how is something that will benefit the areas in years to come.
• To build up infrastructure and strengthen vocational training and education for craftsmen and product designers
• To connect professional designers, craftsmen skilled and unskilled, firms and educational institution
• To use the materials, knowledge and experience that are characteristic for the area, i.e. wood, wool and reindeer leather
• To provide knowledge on marketing of product design and crafts
• To define the elements creative communities needs to grow and bloom
Partners in Creative communities project.
The Development Centre of East Iceland Egilsstadir Iceland
The East Iceland Knowledge Network Egilsstadir Iceland
The East Iceland Cultural Board Egilsstadir Iceland
The Icelandic Forest Service Hallormsstaður Iceland
Miðás – Furniture manufactory Egilsstadir Island
CRT, centre for regional and tourists research Bornholm Danmark
Væksthus Hovedstadsregionen Copenhagen Danmark.
Nässjö -Träcentrum Kompetensutveckling Svergie.
Nässjö learning centre Svergie.
Filteriet Lögstör Nord Jylland Danmark.
He’s predicting NORÐAUSTAN10 and you no it ain’t good. The wind that blows from NorthEast is dry and ice cold and in conjunction with a wind force of 10 it will make your eyeballs ache. You better prepare.
Mrs. Hansen has for a long time been interested in Icelandic production and her furniture design has always been centred around a location specific concept.