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How to make Romanian blouse?

Last but not least craft technique to introduce comes from Romania. You will learn how to make your own Romanian blouse, known as "ia". It is a component of the Romanian folk costume, which varies from one region to another, by the embroidery pattern, the colors used as well as the ornaments used, sequins or beads.

It was and still is a clothing article close to the Romanian soul. Embroidery on the front or on the sleeves are not simple sewn designs, but true magic symbols designed to bring good luck to girls and women who will wear them at a certain time. The elders say that it protects you from evil, evil eye, spells, bad luck, sickness, and hatred. The diamond, the flower, the sun, they all bring harmony, joy, and reconciliation to the soul of the one wearing such a blouse. It can be a nice gift for a girl's, wife’s or mother's birthday.

 

Find the course in English here: Romanian blouse "ia"

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Blue printing tutorial

Next craft we would like to present to you is traditional technique Blue Printing from Austria. You may produce a various range of products such as table linen, t-shirts, jeans, hats, caps, trousers and much more. 

You will learn in this course basics related to the history of the ancient and medieval blueprinting technology used in different countries all over the world. You will find a guide that is divided into different stages/ steps reaching from the preparation phase to the different core steps of the blueprinting process. Furthermore, the basic principles of this technology and its combination of traditional and modern elements will be shown.

Find the course in English here: Blue Printing Course

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Birch-bark basket weaving tutorial

As we already informed, each partner country of EU-Artisans project has developed crafts tutorials that characterize their country. 

Next one to come is Birch-bark basket weaving from Latvia. The ancient Latvians used birch bark for making various objects such as shoes and dishes, but in this course, You will learn the art of the birch bark basket weaving (see below).

 

 

The main material is birch bark. It can be obtained through cooperation between sawmills or lumber mills. You should not try to remove bark from the tree by Yourself if You are not professional or have no experience at this. It can damage the tree irreversibly.

Firstly, there is the thinning process of the birch bark and then it is cut into strips, which are used in the weaving process. The thinning takes about 3 till 4 hours. The weaving process duration depends on the object You want to make. Making the birch cornet, which is shown in the instruction, takes about 3 till 4 hours. In the result, the cornet can be used as a candy storage or planting bed, or anything You can only imagine.

Find the course in English here: BIRCH-BARK BASKET WEAVING COURSE

Rokasgrāmata latviešu valodā: BĒRZU TĀSS TŪTAS PĪŠANA

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Tablet weaving video tutorial and theoretical course

Hello,

Each project participating country have developed crafts tutorials that characterize their country. You may view not only practical step-by-step video but also a theoretical course that guides you through the process of creating and also provides historical insight of particular skill. We hope you will try your hand!

First, one to be introduced is pre-weaving technology – TABLET WEAVING from the Czech Republic.

This technology uses two sets of threads - warp, and weft and is part of the traditional folk production. Tablet weaving creates reversible decorative trims mostly in widths from 1 cm to 10 cm which can be used in everyday practical life as original textile products, also as a supplement to historical costumes. The advantage of the technique is inexpensive equipment that you can quite easily make yourself. In the course, you’ll first learn about basic information on the history of this technology, its development and the most valuable artifacts that have survived. In the next - practical part you’ll learn the basic principles of tablet weaving technology.

Find the course in English here: TABLET WEAVING COURSE

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Spring is here and so are many craft events

We have created an overview of the CRAFT events we believe are worth visiting in the upcoming months.

Have a look and find events of your interest in Latvia, Czech Republic, Austria and Romania in March, April and May.

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Registration tutorials available in Latvian, Czech, German and Romanian languages

Are you interested in EU-CART platform, but not sure how to register?

If you scroll down the blog, you may find the Registration Tutorial available in English language, but for your convinience we have also translated the instructions into Latvian, Czech, German and Romanian languages.

Watch the video in your native language and let it guide you through the steps of registration process.

 

"Reģistrācijas pamācība" (Latviešu)

 

 

Tutoriál "Jak se zaregistrovat" (Český )

 

 

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Tutorial înregistrare cont (Română)

 

EU-CART project platform presentation in Riga, Latvia

EU-CART project platform presentation took place in Riga, Latvia on October 27. Event was organized by partner organization Biedrība “Eurofortis” and gathered different artisans from all Latvia. Participant made a wide range of professional categories such as ceramists, jewellery designers, soap and candle makers, silk painters and different more artisans.

Artisans were introduced with project idea, partner countries and platform possibilities and benefits. Project platform presentation was binding for those who only start their artisan or handicraft days and as well for those who have several years of experience.

We devoted separate workshop to explain in details platform administration, e.g., how to add and manage products, how to communicate on platform etc.

Nevertheless, to explore more in details what is product branding and how it should be addressed we had invited lecturer and marketing specialist Elīna Ozoliņa. Elīna –  who herself is as artisan working with silk painting – gave lecture on what is brand, what is the connection between brand, photography, and identity, how to reach selected target audience for created products as well showed several examples of successful Latvian artisans. Talking about the key to success Elīna emphasized importance of photography – according to her vendee who is looking for artisan products on websites buys photo not the product itself. It means that quality of photography means a great deal.

Therefore, at EU-CART event all participants had an opportunity together with professional photographers – Elīna Kursīte and Oskars Kupics –  to create their own product portfolio. Artisans took part in the photo shoot, which resulted in wonderful profile and product pictures to use for their business cards, brochures, on websites, social networking pages, etc. 

We hope this event gave inspiration for future jobs and some new ideas for promotions!

Participants in EU-CART project platform presentation event

Participants in EU-CART project platform presentation event

 Participants in EU-CART project platform presentation event

Lecturer Elīna Ozoliņa

Lecturer Elīna Ozoliņa

By artisan Inta Savicka

By artisan Inta Savicka

By craftsman Ivars Minkevičs

By artisan Ivars Minkevičs

By artisan Baiba Kauliņa

By artisan Baiba Kauliņa

EU-CART. Latvia. October. Pottery.

On the 6th and 7th of October, 2016 the third partners` meeting of project “EU-Country Artisans” took place. This time all participating organisations gathered in Riga, Latvia and came right on time to experience glorious season of fall when golden leaves dazzle the city.

The project partners reviewed the activities implemented and the results achieved so far, great deal of time dedicating to familiarisation of the E-platform that has been published already on the site www.euartisans.eu. Latvian partner Biedriba Eurofortis who developed this platform introduced everyone with its functions, features and management from the users view, highlighting availability of Learning Materials integrated in the platform, video tutorials developed to help users, as well as Blog with newest updates.

In addition, project partners also agreed on the structure of the catalogue that will present the traditions of crafts in all countries, as well as discussed the process of creation of the self-learning video tutorials. These video will be developed in all 4 countries, demonstrating the process of creating typical crafts for every country. Which? That we shall keep as a secret for now.

The second day was devoted for exploring crafts in Latvia, therefore we visited Laima Grigone at her Ceramics studio set up in rural Latvia - Rundale (www.laimagrigone.lv ). It was a great journey in the land of ceramics encompassing the beauty of pottery. Laima is a ceramicist making porcelain, stoneware and wood fired earthenware tableware and jewelry. One of the techniques Laima pursues is traditional Latvian pottery burning technique – smoke firing which is an old technique that creates black smoked pottery (in the picture below), but all her collections are unique and particular.

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Black smoked pottery collection by Laima Grigone

During our visit, Laima invited us to try out the wheel and participate in the creation of ceramics, but due to temporary electricity loss in her studio, we replaced the wheel technique with pinchpot method. That`s how we succeeded.

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Pinch pot method
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Immersed in the process of creation

After these two days, all partners returned back to their countries clear of next steps to be taken in the project, especially in regard to promotion of the platform. Closest event to be held is on 27th of October in Riga. More information on Facebook page.

 

How to register and set-up your profile?

Hello!

Either you`re an artisan or customer, this video guide will walk you through the steps of registration and setting up your profile.

As an artisan, make sure you fill in Description section, because this is the place where you can share your story. Add a video or few photos that demonstrates process of your work, gives an insight into your workspace and helps you to tell your story!

Remember to also promote your Facebook page or website may you have any!

Have fun!

 

 

 

Artisan festivals in Czech Republic
Dear artisans,
 
We are glad to introduce you to  several artisan festival across Czech Republic that you might be interested in.
 
Festival of potters and craftsmen in Beroun (Czech Republic)
10.- 11.9.  2016 
Please find detailed program at the link below:
 
Lessons of traditional crafts in National museum in Prague
10.9. - 10.12.2016
 
September 10, 2016, 10.00-17.00
Folk painting on glass
Lector:  Jiří Honiss
 
 
October 8, 2016, 10.00-17.00
Production of pottery
Lector: Anthonín Mostek
 
 
November 12, 2016, 10.00-17.00
Wood carving workshop 
Lector: Ing. Josef Komárek
 
December 10, 2016, 10.00-17.00
Christmas decorations from beads
Lector: Jana Šírová
 
Please find detailed program at the link below:
 
 
Glass town Železný Brod 2016 (Czech Republic)
17.- 18. 9. 2016 
Celebrations of glassmaking craft in Zelezny Brod - traditional region of glassmaking in Czech Republic. The event is a unique meeting of glassmakers, artists, glass craftsmen and producers and supporters of glass crafts. 
 
Please find detailed program at the link below: