Knowledge Weaving Laboratory
A Knowledge House for Craft is an international gathering place for craft makers, thinkers, and advocates. It originated in the global South from a desire to connect and nurture craft knowledges across cultural and geographical distance, and a wish to preserve and promote the discussions that take place in the craftscape.
Our actions are governed by a belief in the importance of craft as a means to be in, and think through, our changing world. Though working in the name of craft, this association endorses the idea that craft has no universal definition. We prefer instead to think critically about the narratives and ideals craft serves, what is done in their name, and who these narratives empower or suppress. We also intend to think ethically about craft knowledge and the rights of those who foster it: makers and their communities, users, and witnesses. Finally, we want to think sustainably about craft knowledges, to mirror our belief in craft as a tool for economic empowerment, peacebuilding and cultural sustainability.
Our “house” is conceived as a dynamic repository, where craft knowledges can be recorded, collected, analysed and held, and from which they can be shared and disseminated. Our projects for the first year will be to establish collaborative partnerships with local and regional craft media; to launch the Dictionary of World Craft project; to establish a public discussion program and to set up a knowledge exchange platform.
At the moment, our main public activity is the Reinventing the Wheel series, which you can find here: www.garlandmag.com/wheel. This is a way of getting to know each other, appropriate to the COVID era.
As part of our further development, we are seeking participants in a laboratory to help create a knowledge platform for craft. This involves testing new applications that can facilitate preserving knowledge and research collaboration. These applications involve bi-directional linking, such as Roam Research and Obsidian, which work like Wikipedia but are designed for “collective knowledge management”. There is a new generation of these platforms emerging which have great potential for building global communities of scholars.
We are seeking participants who can join six one-hour fortnightly sessions over three months in July – September. There are no technical prerequisites, but you should feel comfortable with using a spreadsheet.
Participation offers experience in research tools that may be useful to you in the long term.
To learn more, you are welcome to attend an introductory session on Monday 28 June. To register, go here.
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