Good practice from Finland: On Crafting – Discussion cards

The crafting discussion cards of Taito Group Finland promote interesting discussions about the art of crafting in the local community. Since 2016, Taito Group in Finland held these crafting meetings and made the initiative for the card series by hobbyists and professional crafters. The common bond amongst the group is about craft, and to talk about crafting as it cross section into its local culture. They published the On Crafting discussion cards in early 2018. The meetings along with the help of the crafting discussion cards make it a very useful meeting. The culture of crafting is discussed along with traditional ways and the modern changes that are coming to crafts. Not only do they make process but also help develop for open dialogue being able to improve their beloved traditions.“they enable comprehensive consideration and verbalising of the significance of handicrafts and crafting culture” which is the main purpose of On Crafting discussion cards. The discussion cards will give a new perception to crafting. The themes of the cards will teach traditions of handicraft, as well as propose for the better future of crafting and make new creations of art. The discussions along with the help of the cards can provide the opportunity to determine the cultural heritage of crafting and people will look for important handicraft cultural traits based on theses discussions. The card series were designed for the groups of people come together to crafts for many situations to inspire for craft studies. The card series has specifically been designed a group of people to come together and share their beliefs, experiences with craft or craftsmanship. Handicraft clubs or local crafting events, are all examples of these meeting taking place for inspirations needed for crafting studies. The cards feature five themes: handicraft traditions, handicraft skills, communal crafting, wellbeing crafting and advocacy through crafting. These card themes are perspectives to the crafting culture. Each theme has 16 cards, and each card has a thought or a statement related to the theme as well as questions about it. The pack of cards contains ten Explore and Test cards, two for each theme. The contents of these cards inspire to explore and test things, come up with new ideas and implement the themes in practice. The pack of cards features 90 cards in total: 80 theme cards and 10 Explore and Test cards. The package also contains an instructional leaflet that explains the themes of the cards and their backgrounds as well as gives tips for using the cards. "Discussions and thoughts can be built around the themes of the cards, as one can choose the most important themes and expand the discussion based on the ideas and questions that are brought up. The participants’ experiences of crafting and their craft products are easy to link to the card themes. It is important that the method of using the cards will be adapted to the group and that the themes are handled on the group’s own terms. The discussion cards can also be used alone, as inspiration for thoughts, experiments and making". To See the reference, original story and more, please visit Nordic Safeguarding Practices Website below: https://www.nordicsafeguardingpractices.org/good-practice/on-crafting-discussion-cards/


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