Crafters and Makers are discovering new relationships between manual skills, design, new technologies and traditional craftsmanship. They're often very young and their "jobs" can't be anything but contemporary, coming as they are from a paradigm shift in consolidated production and consumer models. We talked about Crafters' and Makers' world with blogger Gaia Segattini and with Paolo Marasca, who is Councilor for Cultural Activities for the city of Ancona. Together, they organized WeekenDoIt, an event dedicated exactly to anyone interested in making and crafting.

Gaia Segattini

Gaia Segattini

We met at Fuorisalone 2013, where Makers and Crafters discovered unthinkable affinities. Can you sum up what they have in common and what differentiates them instead?
Gaia: Crafters and Makers are different in techniques they use to create their products. Crafters get back traditional craftsmanship methods, from silkscreen painting to embroidery. Makers, instead, use new generation techniques like 3D printing, lasercut and Arduino open hardware. This "new craftsmen" generation converges anyway on passion and a tangible and solution-oriented design creativity. For these new professionals, an object's aesthetic value, presentation and sharing are primary. Both Crafters and Makers take control of all product manufacturing steps, look after promotion and online selling, organize social media and customer care.

Paolo Marasca

Paolo Marasca

Ancona, Marche: a city with a feeling for new craftsmanship. Why, and with whichgoals?
Paolo: Contemporaneity and manual skills are two topics this territory holds dear: Ancona often got innovative results in art, science and culture, hastening times, concepts and techniques. Today we want to candidate Ancona as a development and study center on the relationship between man and matter, which is intensified and materialized through virtual networks. To get to our goal we're starting important projects that will intercept creative and collective inputs coming from Crafters and Makers universe.

Gaia, what have you organized for Crafter weekend and what do you expect from Maker weekend?
Gaia: For WeekenDoIt I wanted to "turn the script around", giving Makers the chance to meet and describe new technologies to a varied, and not necessarily specialized, audience. To Crafters, instead, we're offering the chance to analyze some, even theoretical, topics in depth to give a more specific vision of their work. The debate will be greatly fruitful for both, I'm convinced that the key for your future is in your network of connections.

MakeTank will be at WeekenDoIt on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, with a corner where we'll show and sell jewels and 3D-printed objects. We organized also some workshops, held by a selected group of Makers. More info on the event page.

 

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