Dall’alto: oggettistica da tavola della collezione“I girabili”, realizzata in legnodalla Falegnameria della cooperativa Olindae lavori in corso nella Falegnameria. From the top: tableware of the collection called “I girabili”, designed in wood by the Carpenter’s shopof the Olinda co-operativeand work underway in the Carpenter’s shop.
Participative craftworkCraftwork as a tool
for the solicitude, emancipation and parity of relations in Lombardy is the guiding principle behind some significant experimental programmes.I like to define “participative craftwork” as the combination of those activities of creating craftwork from the bottom up, whose main characteristic is that of being an opportunity to participate directly in the construction of
our world. One of the most important factors, common to the different “participative programmes” is the value of the relationship between process and product: what matters is the artefact of course but also its creator, in his relationship with individual and group work, with the environment, with the process of production and with the final consumer. Important activities which the participative craftwork provides are: the creation of a network of exchange and support among
craft-workers; the promotion, aimed at a young audience, of manual work, which imparts dignity and satisfaction; the productive relationship between different generations. And further, the reclamation and re-use of facilities and derelict sites; the activation of training and education processes extolling the beautiful and sustainable; re-integration of marginalized individuals; the value of diversities. Among the most radical and interesting programmes of participative craftwork is the work in prisons by Alessandro Guerriero, who assembles teams of designers, artists, students and prisoners. Among the various initiatives, “Attentati d’amore” is a programme which includes wood carving, mosaic, paper, recycling and embroidery workshops, in the female prison of Opera. An important example for other characteristics is “Gheroarté”, creative expansion workshop active since 1999 in the old warehouse of the railway station of Corsico, but also a place of meeting and activation of relations on the territory. An example for Milan is the social coop “La Fabbrica di Olinda”, which works with young people suffering from mental illness and is located in the former Pini psychiatric hospital. Among the activities of Olinda is the “Carpenter’s shop” which has produced furniture and hand-crafted goods in addition to collections of objects for export. When one talks of young craft-workers and training one cannot but mention “DonnaLavoroDonna”, a research, documentation, guidance and vocational training centre, established in 1985, which offersspecialised programmes in professional craftwork and also provides consultancy and assistance to the start-up of businesses and free lance work. Opportunity to socialise and retraining for work and manual skills is the
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