MADE IN Seminar: Design & Crafts in Dialogue #2

International lecture series titled Design & Crafts in Dialogue #2, organized and curated by OAZA, will take place in Zagreb on the January 31st, 2019 as a second in a row of public seminars that are part of the two-year long co-operation project MADE IN Crafts and Design Narratives. While MADE IN project explores the relationship between crafts and design in general, the Dialogue#2 series will open up topics and feature talks about the new models of collaboration, curation and production of crafts and design by representatives of organisations, curators, craftspeople and designers from The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia.

Questions and topics around the status of contemporary crafts and design will be raised during public lectures by renowned experts.

In the first lecture ON COLLABORATION, titled Does Craft need Design?, Willemien Ippel and Marion Poortvliet (Crafts Council Nederland) will be speaking of the new makers, their ways of production and representation in different formats, but also about their role as an organisation and mediator between craftsmen and designers within the Dutch cultural production. A 30’ lecture will be followed by a 15’ Q&A, moderated by Relja Bobić (Nova Iskra, RS) and Maja Lalić (Mikser, RS).

Four case study exhibitions will open up thoughts and reflections ON CURATING CRAFTS in the lecture Making, thinking, (re)connecting, by Belgian curator and art historian Evelien Bracke (Design Museum Gent, BE). The lecture will look at the difficulties, challenges and opportunities related to the curation and presentation of crafts in a contemporary context. What is the potential of crafts in the 21st century and how can it be translated towards a broader public within an institutional context? A 30’ lecture will be followed by a 15’ Q&A, moderated by Thomas Geisler (Werkraum Bregenzerwald, AT), Maja Vardjan (MAO, SI) and Koraljka Vlajo (MUO, HR).

ON DESIGN PRACTICE, brings lectures by two young renowned designers and researchers. Henriette Waal (Atelier Luma, NL, FR) will speak about the sustainable ways in which Atelier Luma creates and uses the natural and cultural resources of the bioregion and develops local solutions to global issues – from agricultural waste recycling to the promotion of traditional craft, as well as the facilitation of encounters between audacious creators, in a lecture named Multiple beginnings: Crafting possible futures. Andrea de Chirico (SUPERLOCAL, IT, NL) will take us on a short journey into 0 miles production – a global network that promotes local manufacturing, fosters a future vision on crafts and more in general on production. The lecture will also serve as an invitation for participation in its new iteration which will take place in form of a workshop for young design professionals and craftsmen this coming spring in Zagreb. The lectures will be followed by a 15’ Q&A, moderated by Ivana Borovnjak and Maja Kolar (OAZA, HR).

The lecture series is aimed at designers, design students, researchers, curators, academics, entrepreneurs or design brand managers, small manufacturers and craftsmen. Anyone interested can attend, but application is mandatory via the online form, no later than Tuesday, January 28th. Delegates will be notified of their confirmed participation by the following morning, while the total capacity of the event is limited to 70 participants. Advantage will be given to those applicants whose professional or educational practice is closely related to the conference topics.

MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives Travelling Exhibition opening in Zagreb

17/2/2020 — 8/3/2020

The premiere of the Crafts — Design Narratives Travelling Exhibition is scheduled on the 17th February 2020 at 8 p.m. in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. The exhibition opening will be followed by Dialogues discursive program with project curators and participants on the 18th February, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. Exhibition is organized by the Museum of Arts and Crafts and OAZA Art and Design Collective.

MADE IN Seminar: Design&Crafts on Display #3

30 – 31/5/2019

The third MADE IN Seminar will take place in the scenic Alpine setting of Bregenzerwald. Werkraum Bregenzerwald – a collaborative of around 100 regional craft and trade companies – will host the partners and invited guests for a two day experience in the Werkraumhaus and its surrounding workshops. Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor the building serves as a showcase and community centre of the regional craftspeople. The seminar will discuss modes and places to display contemporary crafts and design. 

MADE IN Workshop: Crafting, Cleaning & Caring with Rianne Makkink

26/5/2019 – 31/5/2019

Crafted objects and items gain beauty over time simply by using them. Repairing and maintaining them add layers of patina. A long lasting relation between the object and the subject. The workshop Crafting, Cleaning & Caring by Dutch designer Rianne Makkink and partner of Studio Makkink & Bey will explore the materiality and immateriality of this relation. In collaboration with local craftspeople, producers and makers the participants will work with traditional techniques and experimentation.

MADE IN Open Call: SUPERLOCAL Crafting the Everyday workshop


We invite all interested design professionals and students of design, visual arts, architecture, new media and related disciplines, to apply for participation in the Crafts—Design Workshop SUPERLOCAL Crafting the Everyday in Zagreb. Participants will take part in designing and making process in collaboration with local craftspeople, producers and makers. 


MADE IN Conference: Design & Crafts in Dialogue #1


Nova iskra is announcing kick-off conference on October 25th in Belgrade, titled "Design & Craft in Dialogue". The project will explore relationships between contemporary design/art and traditional crafts, while the conference will feature talks and other activities by designers, scholars, entrepreneurs, artists and organizations from Sweden, UK, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Germany and Slovenia.