The 4th and last workshop of our project was held in Svilengrad, Bulgaria on May 3-6th, 2012. The purpose of the final workshop was to
- collect all the films and other outcomes done during the project plus
- enjoy the actual handicrafts made by the students and teachers in each country’s local workshops
- prepare and discuss the final report of the project
Most of the first day was spent in preparing and opening the exhibition. In the evening we had a big meeting where we watched the new and improved final versions of the films and discussed on how we would best distribute them. A decision was made to host each individual film in projects YouTube –channel separately, since they were so specific topics and participants didn’t see the value of joining them into one film. Also it was discussed that it would be much easier to use the films for teaching etc. if they were shorter and separate, as they were also concentrating in different techniques.
Each participant country told others what they had done during the project, here is a short summary of each country:
- See Bulgarian film and read more about what the film is telling here
- 10 meetings, students also met outside the project meetings
- Workshop was held about teaching traditional handicraft techniques
- Visits were organized to old craft centers
- Only 2-3 persons in Bulgaria are doing weaving professionally and looming was also not very known, so the emphasis was on how to get teachers and how to do teaching of these handicrafts
- Using imagination with traditional techniques was a big theme in the teaching and also very visible in the students works exhibited during the Svilengrad workshop
- Germany did a slideshow and a leaflet about the results the project
- 12 people (students and teachers) were mainly involved in Germany
- During the project traditional handicrafts were used for modern and creative artwork such as map of Germany
- See film of project workshop in Limburg, Germany (courtesy of Romanian partners)
- Greece made a film about women of Anogeia weaving
- About 10-15 under 30 year-old participants were involved in the project
- Their theme was transferring the traditional techniques from old to young and their film also showed both young talents as well as old masters
- Project’s 3rd workshop in Crete and other project activities were covered well in local media
- Group of children were filmed in workshops, see film
- Theme was on how to conserve old techniques as they have always been and in the project some 18th century patterns were used.
- Main issue was that it is not very common in Romanian families to pass on the skills in the family and there is also no teaching of traditional handicrafts in schools
- Project got could publicity in the media, see project introduced in Romanian Muntenia TV
- Estonians had almost reversed the theme of the project: In their film young woman was teaching 27 older researchers the traditional techniques
- Also a book “Ornamental journey” by Joesti/Ehin was related to the project themes and some study materials and a leaflet was published about the techniques
- A lot of material also on video was collected about preserving the traditional techniques of the island Kihnu in Estonia
- A film was made by students about Julia Astreou- Christoforou, a local textile artist. Techniques on film were mostly weaving and appliqué. Film shows handicraft art with themes of various phases of human life (marriage, tsunami, politics, war and holiday). It also features a traditional Cyprus motif, man of Fiti
- During the project there was also participation with the Lykeio Palourgiotissas school which exhibited a collection of old hand-made clothes found in the closet of the school where they had been since 1930s.
- Role of Cyprus in the project was also to co-ordinate the project and host the 1st workshop
- Role of Finland in the project was mostly to be a technical aid for the coordinator Cyprus and other countries.
- Website for the project was made as well as email, Flickr and YouTube accounts
- Locally project was introduced in the Finnish-Cypriot association magazine Avrio in several issues and materials made by the other participants were translated to Finnish. Also association blog, Facebook page and several meetings and events were used to tell about the project and enhance knowledge specifically about Cypriot traditional handicraft.
- Participants from Finland were also welcomed to the project for teaching how to take and edit video and photography and also as creating and sharing professional ideas about how to earn living with handicrafts