Year

2017

Summary

Creative Makers aims to innovate the traditional craft sectors of letterpress and printing through the co-creation of 4 themed ‘kids’ fablabs’ - creative spaces for children inspired by the newest approaches in tinkering, making, and the fablab movement.

Lead Partner

Explora – Children’s Museum Rome (IT)

Co-Partner(s)

Neopolis (ES); Labora (EE); National Print Museum (IE).

Funding Strand

Smaller Scale Cooperation Projects

Community Grant

€198,885

Description

Creative Makers is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, with four participating partners; Explora (IT) Neapolis (ES) Labora (EE) and the National Print Museum (IE). The project aims to innovate the traditional craft sectors of letterpress and printing through the co-creation of 4 themed ‘kids’ fablabs’ - creative spaces for children inspired by the newest approaches in tinkering, making, and the fablab movement.

The Creative Makers’ partners and four selected artists will co-create new innovative and interactive workshops tailored for school and family groups. The fablabs will be places where children will have the opportunity to experiment with the artisanal tradition of letterpress and printing, alongside modern digital fabrication techniques.

Testimonial from Irish Partner

This project aims to blend the elements of traditional hand craft and modern digital fabrication in order to innovate and complement the crafts of letterpress and printing through collaboration with contemporary digital techniques. We hope that the fablabs will provide valuable education and interaction with traditional print methods and forms, and will display the lengths that print technology and production has now developed to in today’s world. We envisage Creative Makers to provide us with a unique and important opportunity to interact with and educate a young audience in an exciting and important new learning activity. This will demonstrate the importance of printing from its earliest inception by hand hundreds of years ago, to its progress in 3-D printing and fabrication today. We look forward to our future collaboration with children, schools, teachers, families, and students from our local community and beyond during our inception and delivery of our children’s fablab workshops.

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