Farmer´s Gold by Editions in Craft at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012

Editions in Craft proudly presents: Farmer´s Gold Productive preservation of Straw Craft

With Hrafnkell Birgisson, Company, Katrin Greiling, Cordula Kehrer, Katja Pettersson and Sagovolvo

At Spatio Rossana Orlandi

April 17-23, 2012, 9am-8pm

Via Matteo Bandello 14, 20123 Milano

Farmer´s Gold explores the relation between craft and design and unites local tradition into contemporary practice. Challenging traditional distinctions between design and craft, it is an investigation into the preservation of a marginalized cultural heritage.

Today straw craft is one of the most challenged crafts in the Nordic countries. Due to high production costs straw craft is mostly outsourced into countries where hand labour is cheaper. As a result skills and knowledge are rapidly disappearing. But straw has many advantages. It grows locally and it is widely available, it is cheap as a material and there are multiple ways to use it. Moreover it is environmentally friendly. It is thus worth to explore what the material and the craft could mean today.

Farmer´s Gold was organized in the form of a workshop in which Swedish and international designers worked together with local straw craft persons from Dalsland, the center of Swedish straw craft. By exchanging ideas and techniques, they experimented with straw and developed new products together. The workshop took place in Dalsland in 2011 and was organized by Editions in Craft in collaboration with Halmens Hus and Steneby.

At Spazio Rossana Orlandi a selection of the protoypes is presented. The entire project will be exhibited at The Wanås Foundation in Sweden in the summer of 2012.