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Platform for contemporary craft

Crafts Council Nederland (CCNL) is the Dutch version of what is already indispensable for decades in England and many other countries: a platform for contemporary craft. CCNL develops programs and activities where teaching, connecting, inspiring and developing are the central themes. Traditional techniques are given a new life; they are translated and decoded to prevent them from disappearing. And to use them as innovator and economic stimulus for the creative sector.

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Recap: HOW&WOW – Studio at DDW2018

Here's what went down in Eindhoven during the most exciting design event of the year.
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HOW&WOW- Studio at DDW2018

Crafts Council Nederland shows the studio of the new maker: the workshop as a gallery and as a lab. In the studio things are...
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Recap of HOW&WOW – cooperazione!

This is what went down at the Milan Design Week 2018.
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Crafts Council Nederland presents HOW&WOW – cooperazione! in Milan

17-22 April 2018 Via Pastrengo 13, Milan
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Meet the cooperazione!

Crafts Council Nederland presents HOW&WOW - cooperazione! in Milan from 17 to 22 April. During this special exhibition six maker-designers from the Netherlands and...
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Listen to the special HOW&WOW – cooperazione! podcast

Thijs Adriaans made a special podcast for HOW&WOW - cooperazione! in which he talks with the maker-designers about the exhibition and the importance of...
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A photo report of the official kick-off of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Have a look at the official kick-off of the European Year of Cultural Heritage at Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam.
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Recap Meet the Master Blockprint

Enjoy the results of the two-day Meet the Master Block Printing with Nathalie Cassée in the Zuiderzeemuseum
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Enjoy the video of the kick-off of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Met Zuheir Alkazzaz en Bernard Heesen
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A visual throwback to the exhibition HOW&WOW at Dutch Design Week 2017

Enjoy this throwback to the exhibition HOW&WOW at Dutch Design Week 2017
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HOW&WOW at DDW 2017

Craftsmanship like you have never seen before!
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Crafts Council Nederland is collaborating with Dutch Design Foundation

Dutch Design Week and Crafts Council Nederland are collaborating to show the significance of crafts for today and the future. During DDW 2017 we...
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An interview with renowned ceramist Babs Haenen

Leg het keramische werk van Babs Haenen naast het gros van het alledaagse keramiek neer en je weet dat je iets bijzonders in handen...
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Sign the Crafts Manifesto!

Crafts are of great importance: for the emerging making industry, for the preservation and passing on of cultural heritage, for learning with the hands,...
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Become a CCNL Friend!

Join the Crafts Community!
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An interview with steel designer Philipp Weber

Philipp Weber is een van de aanstormende maker-designers die de masterclass Making & Metal volgde om zelf meer over het maakproces van staal te...
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Crafts Campus 2017

The second edition of Crafts Campus is a fact! From 12 - 16 July 2017
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Paris chooses for Staphorster Stipwerk again: Gerard van Oosten’s work shines on the catwalk once more!

In the hectic days of the Dutch Design Week, October last year, Crafts Council Nederland was called by French fashion house Maison Margiela because...
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Making and Metal

For a week of inspiration and developing metal techniques, Making and Metal invited seven makers with a vision to work and create with iron.
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Fabric developer Maison Margiela tells all..

Crafts Council Netherlands spoke to Yvette Peek, fabric developer at Maison Margiela, about her love for crafts and how she managed to get John...
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Indigo: Sharing blue

CCNL invites four maker-designers to travel to Kyushu to explore the indigo heritage from the Netherlands and Japan during a crafts exchange.
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Crafts Council Nederland connects Dutch heritage with the Parisian catwalk

In January 2016, CCNL, made the first contacts between Gerard van Oosten, master of Staphorster stipwerk and Belgian fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck.
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Reading the Future

In this time of rapid (digital) information and e-readers, you may wonder what value the book represents.What we remember is increasingly determined by the...
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Processing Milan

Craft needs design; however design also needs craft to exist.
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BLAUW

Tim Vanlier is not a ceramist, but specialised in the making of Delftware, developing a new view on this traditional craft.
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Does Craft Need Design?

Expert meeting April 14 2016 Salone del Mobile, Milan
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Creative Industries

The impact of the creative industries is large: everything around us is designed, invented, created. The creative industry is in many ways a forerunner;...
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First Dutch Darling for HKU

Winners of the Dutch Dalring contest Maurits Büsse and Ricky Langeveld developed a promotional gift for the School for the Arts Utrecht.
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Renewed Delft Blue

Wilma Plaisier is looking for more depth and enrichment in a new line of designs to do justice to the beautiful color blue.
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Post-Vlisco

Who visited the Graduation Show of the Design Academy in Eidhoven during the Dutch Design Week probably recognizes the Post-Vlisco project by Simone Post....
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Craftsmap at DDW15

During Dutch Design Week Crafts Council Nederland showed how the Craftsmap looks offline with the theme glass.
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Crafts Council Nederland presents the Craftsmap at the Dutch Design Week

During Dutch Design Week Crafts Council Nederland shows how the Craftsmap looks offline with the theme glass.
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Expert weekend: Design from Marken

The Expert weekend: Design from Marken was a big success. Professionals, students and other aficionados immersed themselves for three days in different craft techniques...
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Dutch Belief in photos

An impression of the exhibition Dutch Belief during Révélations at the Grand Palais in Paris.
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Crafts Council Nederland shows contemporary crafts in Paris

Crafts Council Nederland is invited by Atelier d'Arts for Revelations, the biennial for contemporary crafts, to present Dutch crafts. Revelations takes place at the...
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Dutch Belief at Révélations

Dutch Belief at Révélations 9 - 13 September 2015 Grand Palais, Paris
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Floris Wubben @ Dutch Belief

The self-designed machines by Floris Wubben for manufacturing products are an important part of the creative process of this young maker. His low-tech machines...
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Dienke Dekker @ Dutch Belief

Since she graduated from the Design Academy in 2012, Dienke Dekker has been studying weaving techniques and applies them to unusual materials.
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Bernard Heesen @ Dutch Belief

Bernard Heesen innovates from the tradition and let chance in the creative process to contribute to form and expression of his glass objects.
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Wandschappen @ Dutch Belief

The work of Nicole Driessens and Ivo van den Baar Wandschappen is characterized by constant innovation from technology and materials.
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Contemporary Paper Art

People, flowers, fries, lemons, and various other foods made of paper. Welcome to the paper world of Adrian & Gidi!
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Urban Crafts video

Watch the video of the Urban Crafts week here!
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Een interview met Urban Crafter David Derksen

David Derksen is een van de jonge Urban Crafters die deze week in Ulft aan het werk is met ijzer om nieuwe toepassingen te...
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Dit zijn de Urban Crafters!

Voor een week van inspiratie en verdieping in metaaltechnieken, koppelt Crafts Council Nederland vijf jonge makers aan meester-ambachtslieden om samen te werken met ijzer
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The future of press printing

Crafts Council Nederland, together with Tapis Plein (Belgium) and various other parties, will explore what future traditional printing press techniques can have.
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Craft Camp Kawada

Kawada is een klein, idyllisch dorpje in Japan, omringt door hoge bergen, in de Fukui-prefecture, vlakbij Kyoto. Het is beroemd om haar handgemaakte producten,...
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Crafts Council NL in het land: Cruise Collection

Hoe ziet de toekomst van de mode eruit in Nederland en hoe bereiden wij dit voor in het onderwijs? In de mode staan we...
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Crafts Council NL in het land: een bezoek aan Museum Joure

In Museum Joure zijn werkplaatsen van drukkers, een koffiebrander, klokkenmaker, koperslager, theepakker en zilversmid.