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Students of the Design for the Living World class HFBK Hamburg and the Hybrid Ecologies Studio of the University of Thessaly exchanged knowledge with craftspeople from the city of Volos during two weeks in May 2018. The Craftspeople’s Network: Taking Matters into Your Own Hands was inspired by Laura Bernhardt and Benjamin Tafel’s project, from hand to hand: Stories about Craftsmanship in Greece today.

On May 9, the students organized a roundtable discussion with local craftspeople at the Giorgio de Chirico Art Centre in Volos, where the exhibition Cheirotechnes – Craftspeople’s Network: Taking Matters into Your Own Hands opened a few days later, on May 14. Along with documentation and a publication produced in the workshops, the exhibition included works by local craftspeople. On June 16, The Craftspeople’s Network project was presented and discussed in a public event at KOBA, an electronic textiles’ workshop in Berlin, in the framework of Make City Festival.

Photo above: Making a saddle at Costas Vogiatzakis’s workshop in Volos.


Title: Volos – Craftspeople’s Network: Taking Matters into Your Own Hands
A two weeks workshop with students of Hybrid Ecologies Studio and crafstpeople of Volos.
Dates: May 1 – 15, 2018.
Location: Volos, Greece.
Students: Angie Chen (Grundklasse, HFBK Hamburg), Lisa Eggert, Lea Kirstein, Robert Köpke, Laura Levin (Product design, HFBK Hamburg and HAW communication design), Anne Meerpohl (Painting  and drawing department, HFBK Hamburg), Juli Paetzold (Konzeptdesign, HFBK Hamburg), Leonie Schulz, Mana Stahl, Kastania Waldmüller, Julia Wycisk and Yan Yan.
Guest researchers: Laura Bernhardt (curator and cultural producer, Berlin), Maria Christou (architect with focus on social practice, Berlin), and Valentina Karga (artist and architect, Berlin).
The Class of the Design for the Living World in collaboration with: Hybrid Ecologies Studio, Department of Architecture, School of Engineering, University of Thessaly. Sophia Vyzoviti, Architect – Associate Professor.  Students: Nicolas Hadjipourganis, Olga Iliou, Nancy Karagianni, Spyros Karaiordanidis, Evangelia Kiosse, Krystallia Klonara, Ilektra Naoum, Sinodi Ntampegliotou-Karaiskou and Νikiforos Sorofikin Papoutsopoulos.
Special thanks to: the craftspeople of Volos who kindly shared their practice and knowledge with us: Evridiki Arkoudogianni, Pavlos Arvanitis, Myrto Chronaki, Rania Christaki, Dimitris Dianellos and Chrysa Dianellou, Zoi Dimitriadou, Nikos Fotiou-Chatziantoniou, Stergios Goudinis, Christos Hahamidis, Vasilis Iordanidis, Kerasia Karkala, Grigoris Kartapanis, Spyros Kasavetis, Helen Mamouridou, Vasiliki Traki and Costas Vogiatzakis; As well as to Chrysa Drantaki Director of Giorgio de Chirico Art Center of the Cultural Directorate of the Municipality of Volos, and Nicoletta Tzani, curator of Giorgio de Chirico Art Center.
Supported by: 
DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK Hamburg), and Giorgio de Chirico Art Center of the Cultural Directorate of the Municipality of Volos.
Public presentations: on June 14 at the FUB Floating University Berlin, and on June 16 at 7.30pm at KOBA in the framework of MakeCity Festival.


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TEXTS ON CRAFT by students of Design for the Living World

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Publication: Χειροτέχνες – Craftspeople’s Network:
Taking Matters into Your Own Hands

Sketches, photos and texts by: Laura Bernhardt, Angie Chen, Maria Christou, Lisa Eggert, Nicolas Hadjipourganis, Olga Iliou, Nancy Karagianni, Spyros Karaiordanidis, Valentina Karga, Lea Kirstein, Evangelia Kiosse, Krystallia Klonara, Robert Köpke, Laura Levin, Anne Meerpohl, Ilektra Naoum, Sinodi Ntampegliotou-Karaiskou, Juli Paetzold, Νikiforos Sorofikin Papoutsopoulos, Marjetica Potrč, Leonie Schulz, Mana Stahl, Sophia Vyzoviti, Kastania Waldmüller, Julia Wycisk, and Yan Yan.

Craftspeoples Network publication (pdf)


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Three drawings by Laura Bernhardt

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Volos Case Study, Drawings by Marjetica Potrč

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Discussion with craftspeople at the Giorgio de Chirico Art Center of the Cultural Directorate of the Municipality of Volos, May 9, 2018

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Exhibition Craftspeople’s Network at the Giorgio de Chirico Art Center of the Cultural Directorate of the Municipality of Volos, May 14 – 28, 2018

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Presentation and discussion about Craftspeople’s Network at KOBA, an electronic textiles’ workshop in Berlin, in the framework of Make City Festival.

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PROJECT PROPOSAL

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LINKS AND REFERENCES

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