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Craft is a very wide term which emcompasses many kinds of art forms such as handicraft, drawing art, skilled-based craft, hand-painted, fine art and so on, the list is endless. Thus, the term ‘Space Surface craft’ means craft which is essentially "two-dimensional” and has been developed by communities to express their imagination and culture. 
Some of the crafts which can be clubbed under "surface crafts” are Madhubani- The folk art of Mithila, Mata ni pachedi- the ritual painting of Gujarat, Phad painting from Rajasthan, Patachitra from Orissa, Pata paintings from Midnapur, Bengal, Pithora paintings from Gujarat, Warli paintings from Maharashtra and so on.
All these styles cover diverse themes and expressions from folk stories, mythology, religion, to nature, expressing the ancient art and informing about the socio-cultural and religious significance. The technique and nature of the art, bathed in natural colors allures every eye.

The SSC workshops are a way to brings artisans from tribal communities, such as the Gonds and the likes, who are artistically gifted, to work with designers, professionals, or students in a similar style, to attain a new expression and interpretation of art reflecting a change. The workshop is intended to bring artisans and designer on the same platform to initiate a process towards craft-design innovation.
SSC Workshop Structure
As per the workshop structure, the process consists of following sessions:
1) Introductory Session: There will be a common introductory session to make the craftspeople acquainted with DICRC and various activities done by it. Also the members of DICRC will be privilege to know about the cultural and social background of the craftsperson.
b) Demonstration Session: Craftspeople will show the entire process of the Madhubani painting to the group of designers. This will be done through taking a particular theme or a subject.
c)  Interactive session: This session will have brainstorming among the entire group to develop various possibilities of innovation within the narrative and the application.
d) Narrative development sessions: A narrative has to be developed which will revolved around the idea of the designer as well as inculcated the possibility of third dimension within the content. Within the group a narrative along with the craftsperson will be developed through identifying the characters, key features, events and the final story.
e) Craft Process exploration: Designers will be doing hands-on work with the material and process of painting. This will help in understanding the tactile knowledge embedded in the craft.
f) Final painting: Craftsperson will paint the final painting – the content and the application format of which has been developed through a two-way interactive process during the workshop between designers and craftspeople.

Workshops conducted
Madhubani- The folk art of MithilaGond- Folk art of the bhils of Madhya Pradesh

The four day Madhubani workshop was organized by DICRC, CEPT University in collaboration with CraftCanvas, Ahmedabad. The workshop familiarized participants with the various concepts, techniques and motifs in Madhubani paintings. Two traditional Madhubani artisans Naveen Kumar Jha and PoojaJha from Madhubani district in Bihar conducted the workshop. As an ice-breaker, the artists sketched individual portraits for each participant after a one-to-one interaction session.  As it progressed, the workshop explored the possibility of using the static two dimensional forms to depict three dimensional architectural elements. As a final outcome, the artisans along with the participants painted their journey from Bihar to CEPT on a box-like structure tackling corners and adding a three dimensional aspect to the painting.
The Gond workshop was organized DICRC, CEPT University in collaboration with CraftCanvas, Ahmedabad. Shambu Dayal Shyam, a traditional Gond artisan from Dindori district in Madhya Pradesh conducted the interaction session. The session began with a live demonstration from his side, with a detailed idea of the various designs used as fillers in the painting. This was followed by an exercise for students. Taking inspiration from Shyam’s paintings on display, the students were asked to paint any of their ideas using the Gond technique. The session ended with a round of Q&A.

The second Surface Narrative (Madhubani Painting) Craft Workshop was organized and conducted by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University and Craft Canvas, Ahmedabad. The workshop took place over a period of two days (29th and 30th November, 2014), where the participants learned Madhubani painting under artisans Shantidevi Jha and Vijay Jha from Madhya Pradesh.

For the final exercise, the participants - a group of students from Faculty of Design, CEPT University and students from Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam - in pairs created illustrations based on a story created by them which were applied to paint on some of the typical Indian day to day use products such as: 1. Chai Kitli, the Indian teapot; 2. Doodh ka can, the milk can; 3. Pan ka Dabba, the betel nut box; 4. Lassi Glass, the tall glass and 5. Puja Dish, the sacred ritual plate.
A Surface Narrative Craft (SNC) Workshop on 'Mata ni Pachedi' was conducted by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University in collaboration with CraftCanvas and William De Kooning Academy, The Netherlands. 

The workshop was conducted over two days, 21st and 22nd Febraury 2015 where the participants learnt the craft of 'Mata ni Pachedi' from artisans Vasantbhai Chitara and Anitaben Chitara. For the final exercise, the participants - students from Faculty of Design, CEPT University and students from Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam - in groups created illustrations based on their interpretation of the folk traditions behind the craft.
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