Saturday, May 1
11 AM Eastern / 8 AM Pacific
The Craft Economy affinity group is for those engaged in creating economic opportunities for handmade objects and their makers. We look forward to bringing together those involved both domestically and internationally as makers/artisans, businesses, and organizations who are engaged with the promotion and work of handmade objects from around the world. We hope this group will be a community where we can have conversations, exchange ideas, get to know one another, and generate support as we all navigate new directions in our practices and businesses.
We are excited to welcome Renny Manurung as our guest speaker for the May 1st affinity group. Our Craft Economy Affinity Group is focused on creating a virtual platform to met, share, and discover what we are learning and creating. Please share with your networks and we will see you next Saturday!
More about Renny:
Renny Manurung is a Batak Toba weaver in North Sumatra, Indonesia. She comes from a generation of weavers in the village of Banjarnahor, Tarutung in North Tapanuli. She started a weavers’ community called Dame Ulos after her schooling was interrupted due to her parents’ financial strain in 2012. At the time, there was a decline in the demand for Ulos—Batak traditional cloth woven on a backstrap loom. One reason for this trend was the low quality of handloom products, which are unable to compete in a market flooded with cheap cloths woven on mechanized, treadle looms. This realization prompted Renny to return to her village in order to revitalize the design artistry and the quality standard of Ulos handloom weaving. Her group, Dame Ulos, now employs about 20 weavers and produces very fine quality Ulos, as they had been woven in the past.
Please contact group leader Lesli Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.