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2nd Interregional Training Session and Study Visit

26th - 27th June 213, Turku (FI)

(A focus on one of the good practices presented in Turku)

The second international training session took place in Turku, Finland in June, right after the Midsummer. The ITS 2 combined new and old. The first day concentrated on presentations of good practices. The themes covered craftsmen and designers cooperation, cooperation between companies, students and designers; increasing the added value of handicraft with local history and branding. Interesting was also the CIAV case where handicraft products were made desirable design objects to collect and affordable to anyone. This concept follows the same principles than the Scandinavian design: affordable, beautiful, and lasting in time. based on the ITS 2 presentations borrowing from and cooperating with other disciplines could bring added value and innovation, thus income and renewal, into handicraft. The experiences from the FUSE project also demonstrated how cooperation with designers brings novel viewpoints and perspectives to craftsmen.

The innovation aspect was further explored and at the end of the day the participants visited the premises of the Logomo building where the meeting was held. Logomo is a meeting place for creative events and sector. It also hosts small startup companies of the creative sector. The building has been designed with highly user orientated perspective thus representing a good example of contemporary Scandinavian design.

The second day comprised two study visits. The first took place to the medieval market in Turku. This is a two day event organized each year and it presents local history and handicraft products. The second study visit was made to the city of Rauma. Rauma has unique lace making history in the whole Scandinavia. The Rauma bobbin lace was brought to Rauma by sailors and the sailors use to make lace while waiting for ships. Rauma is also known for its old wooden quartiers which are part of the Unesco world heritage. Turku and Rauma brought a deeper and more historic viewpoint of the Finnish handicraft history, which makes a striking contrast to the today’s high concentration on technology in the country.


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