The 100th anniversary of the Finnish Crafts Organization culminates in an international seminar with lectures themed on sustainable development, Finno-Ugrian ethnicity and the wellbeing effects of crafts. The lectures will be given in English. Read the seminar programme.
The EFACF European Folk Art and Craft Federation Meeting will be in Helsinki 25.9.2013.
The time has come to celebrate and embrace crafts. Year 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the Finnish Crafts Organization’s Taito Group and also the 125th anniversary of The Craft Museum of Finland. Needless to say, both these anniversaries will be celebrated with crafts.
We invite everybody to take up a craft. There are many ways to participate. You can, for example, make a short-film, write your memories of participating in the activities of an arts and crafts association, swap your UFOs (unfinished objects), visit exhibitions, customise or repair broken items, take part in a workshop, complete a craft project on your own sofa or simply like the Crafts in Our Lives Facebook page. http://www.kasityoelamassa.fi/en/
For 22 years , in 1974–2006 Mr Martin Stüssi was Secretary general for European Folk art and Craft Federation ( EFACF). When he retired he was appointed as honorable member of the organization and was mostly welcome to meetings and conferences held by the federation. His long experience from his years being working for the Schweizer Heimatwerk was very important for the job he did for EFACF. In Schweizer Heimatwerk he worked as a director and coordinator for the 14 craft shops in whole Switzerland. He was also responsible for a craft school and a craft magazine. Martin Stüssi was the most eager speaker of the importance of customer service and had a genuine passion for, and knowledge about, the craft product it selves.
The Department of Estonian Native Crafts of Viljandi Culture Academy of Tartu University together with Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union and Nordic Folk Art and Craft Association will organize an international conference dedicated to the history of traditional knitted sweaters, taking place from 16th to 18th of May 2013 in Viljandi, Estonia.
About European Folk Art and Craft Federation (EFACF)
The organization was founded in Switzerland 1972 . It is a small association built on democratic principles and open to any organization or institute who are working with traditional craft expressions with a non commercial point of view.
Today the Federation is a network consisting of 10 European organizations in ten different countries. Every year there is a members meeting in one of the member countries, and every third year is the general assembly. The network aims to strengthen contact between craftsmen and organizers of craft activity in European countries in the context of exchanging skills and knowledge about traditional crafts.