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Department of Estonian Native Crafts & Handmade Wellbeing project experiences

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Presentation of the Department of Estonian Native Crafts in Viljandi Culture Academy of the University of Tartu. In addition their Handmade Wellbeing project experiences in Estonia. Presented by Helen Kästik in the Handmade Wellbeing seminar at the University of Helsinki on April 26, 2017.

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Department of Estonian Native Crafts & Handmade Wellbeing project experiences

  1. 1. Ave Matsin Department of Estonian Native Crafts Helen Kästik Coordinator of International Projects
  2. 2. • Estonian native textile • Estonian native construction Department of Estonian Native Crafts • Estonian native metallwork Native Crafts study programmes: BA and MA
  3. 3. The mission of the Department of Estonian Native Crafts is to represent the local and native traditions and values that strengthen the sense of identity. This is done by integrating traditional craft techniques into contemporary functional milieu.
  4. 4. MUHU island
  5. 5. Strenghts: • confident and well-informed use of native symbols and patterns • curiosity to reavel and rediscover old techniques • innovation and flexibility
  6. 6. Handmade Wellbeing: our local partners Two care homes located in rural areas: * Viiratsi with 68 residents, 1/3 lay in beds; 1/3 living with dementia. Activities: newspaper reading, chair dance, exercises, sporting day, colouring pictures. * Nõo 47 residents, 1/3 lay in beds. Activities: decorative cards, paperflowers, clay modelling, painting on glass.
  7. 7. Handmade Wellbeing: our local partners • Two day activity centres for older adults in * Viljandi: altogether 160 participants, aged 50–90 (most active age group 60– 80). * Tartu: aged 63-98 (most active: 75-80) • Activities include physical, educational and creative pursuits. Handicraft groups are the biggest ones.
  8. 8. Workshops: between September and December 2016 • Quota of participants • Staff-to-participant ratio was high: max 1 to 10 • Participants: mostly women and mostly from handicraft groups
  9. 9. Expectations • To produce something useful, result- centred. Keep the items • Something the settings could continue doing • To learn something new
  10. 10. Textile printing: using special stamps and woodblocks
  11. 11. Leaf printing
  12. 12. Monotype
  13. 13. Plaitted keyholders
  14. 14. Badges
  15. 15. Metal work
  16. 16. Thank you!

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