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3.

Artisan associations work to keep
their members thriving

4.

There's no doubt that the year 2020 has challenged every industry in its own way.
But for the craft artisans and materials-based artist sector, the year has been especially
trying. From dealing with floods to wildfires and other climate change issues to the global
pandemic, artisans worldwide have found themselves struggling to stay afloat amidst
cancelled shows and orders, shortages of materials, and even destroyed studios, among
other hardships.
Fortunately for these independent artisans, someone has their backs: Numerous
organizations and trade groups make it their mission to support the craft trade in whatever
way possible so that this important avenue of functional and decorative art will survive
to be enjoyed for generations to come. These organizations have had their work cut out
for them this year, supporting their community through what some industry veterans
consider to be the most challenging year in our lifetimes.
2.

1.
Weavers participating in Aid to
Artisans' Manos Vivas program
in Mexico. The program
helps artisans in the Yucatan
Peninsula and the Highlands of
Chiapas earn a better income
for their work.
(Image: Lauren Barkume)

2.
A woven blanket made by a
Tunisian artisan appeared in
the 2018 New York NOW
collection, curated by Alex
Bates of Flint & Kent.
(Image: Lauren Barkume)

3.
Blacksmith M. Craig Campbell
plies his trade in Shields,
Saskatchewan. The Canadian
Crafts Federation helps bring
attention to regional Canadian
artists like him.

Sourcing materials might look a little different this year for interior designers-attending
markets and fairs virtually instead of in person, or participating in studio tours via a
Zoom call-but enriching a design project through the works of materials-based artists
is more important than ever.
" One of the things we've been hearing overwhelmingly is an increased demand for
authentic products and products that have a story, " says Lauren Barkume, training director
at Creative Learning's Aid to Artisans division. " Artisan products inherently tell a story,
and now, in this difficult time, consumers are looking even more to have an impact with
their purchase. "
Cornelia Carey, executive director of CERF+ The Artists Safety Net, adds, " Interior designers
are so thoughtful about space and design, things that are well-made. There is a natural
synergy between these two groups, and [the craft discipline] is such a diverse and rich
source for ideas. "

(Image: Canadian Crafts Federation)

4.
Felicia Rice is a book artist and
publisher based in the Santa
Cruz Mountains in California.
Her home and studio went up
in flames in the August 2020
wildfires, and rebuilding efforts
are being funded partially from
a grant from CERF+.
(Image: R.R. Jones)

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