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Craft Innovation Studio

Craft Innovation Studio (CIS) is a platform developed by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) to indulge in the process of "co-creation” by bringing experts from field of Craft, Design, Architecture, Entrepreneurship, Industry, Marketing, and Government in order to promote the field of Craft. The intention is to develop "Innovation in Craft” and "Innovation through Craft”. CIS constitutes of two programs – Innovation Internship and Innovation Fellowships. The core of the CIS is the Collaborative Co-creation Practice and henceforth DICRC collaborates with various organisation, institutions and industry to conduct these programs.

In both these programs the interns and fellows from various allied field to craft and design are selected or invited to work with craftspeople to develop a Craft-Design Product or a system through the Craft-Design Process. In order to make this process sustainable and develop linkages of the output to the market, the interns, fellows and craftspeople are supported by institutional representatives, facilitators, technicians, craft and design experts and entrepreneurs.

These programs are based on the idea of synergetic innovations and it is usually focused on a particular craft, community or material. These programs are conducted over a period of 4 weeks to 16 weeks (or more) and are open to design professionals, master craftsperson, scholars, researchers, entrepreneurs and students from the field of Craft, Design and Architecture. It is a unique opportunity for interns and fellows to work with specific craft and craftsperson over a longer period of time with hands-on explorations. Each internship and fellowship is planned systematically in reference to the specific need of the project and the people working on it.

In any of the project, new ideas in reference to the chosen crafts are discussed through various interactive sessions, brain storming process, informal discussions, craft demonstrations, market explorations, research, field work and very importantly hands-on experimentation and explorations. These are done at DICRC, CEPT University as well as at the craftsperson’s workshop depending on the project brief. The ideas and systems developed out of this Craft-Design Process are refined and developed using the skills and knowledge of the craftsperson. The tangible outputs are connected to the market with the help of individuals and organisations already established in the market.

The primary intention of the CIS is to bring and utilize design and design thinking to create new sets of innovation in crafts and craft practices. Designers and craftspeople work together to bring new values to both the fields – craft and design. Each project is thoroughly documented and the output is disseminated through various print and online medium.

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