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Film: Crafting Futures Mexico

© British Council / film by Elena Pardo (Oaxaca Cine)

26 October 2017

Crafting Futures Mexico brought together emerging British and Mexican designers with local design graduates to work with a select group of Oaxacan artisans. These teams were based at Oax-i-fornia's Ex-Hacienda Guadalupe in the heart of Oaxaca, a region with a history of thousands of years of traditional craft and artistic production.

As a creative exchange, the programme proposes a unique strategy. Rather than set up a designer/producer relationship (in which the designers design, and the artisans make the finished pieces), the project cultivates a shared space of interaction, exploration and creative making, in which goals are established collaboratively and skills are exchanged. The intention is not to replace the traditional visual language of local craft, but to develop and enrich it.

This film documents the 3-week process, which culminated in a series of new product lines developed collaboratively by artisans and designers. The work was then presented in a 'work-in-progress' exhibition in Oaxaca, and at Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City as part of this year's Abierto Mexicano de Diseño.