Crafts Academy at Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week 2023
21 t/m 29 October
11:00 – 19:00

Sectie C  Spidersigns | Daalakkersweg 16, Eindhoven

Under the guidance of leading maker-designers and craft experts, 36 young makers developed their creative talents during the Crafts Academy. This exhibition not only marks the conclusion of the first edition but also the beginning of a new generation of makers who build upon the legacy of traditional crafts and blend them with contemporary innovation.

Crafts Academy is the talent program initiated by Crafts Council Nederland that offers young people the unique opportunity to learn directly from professionals in the rich environment of museums. The makers have delved into four techniques: calligraphy and decorative painting, embroidery, basket weaving and kite making.

Crafts are deeply rooted in every culture worldwide. They connect us to our shared origins through objects, stories, and traditions. It is for this reason that Crafts Academy took place at the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, Wereldmuseum Leiden and Wereldmuseum Berg en Dal.

Teachers: Chris Kabel, Desiree Hammen, Esmé Hofman, Job Wouters, Martine van ‘t Hul, Riks Simons, Scheltens & Abbenes and Tawab Safi.

Makers: Adèle Visser, Ami Beusink, Andrea van der Kuil, Anke Vromen, Anna IJpma, Anne Dukers, Bauke Engel Boneschansker, Carel van Wijk, Daniel Hallundbæk Kastrup-Larsen, Ema Hergic, Eva Strolenberg, Fay Oberdorf, Floor Stolk, Hanneke Stapelkamp, Hansje Struijk, Helen Milne, Inge Vaandering, Iris de Vries, Jaane Kentrop, Larissa Schepers, Laura Snijders, Lena Leibbrand, Lieke Dijkstra, Man Nga Chu, Marijke Remmers, Moe Obayashi, Nawon Koo, Primo Arets, Rosetta Penna, Savine Schoorl, Semma Lean Raadschelders, Sharan van Mulier, Tyra Ang, Valerie van Schaik, Vera Baardolf and Yukyung Kim.

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Crafts Academy is made possible by the Creative Industries Fund and Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.


Exhibition design: Studio Jeroen van Veluw
Graphic design: Daniël Maarleveld
Photography: Fan Liao