Craft

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Report

Mapping the Australian craft sector

This research report addresses the first phase of the National Craft Initiative project with the overall aim being to provide the foundations for action in building a sustainable, strong, and highly valued crafts industry in Australia.
Report

A call to action: five proposals to support the emerging maker market

The maker movement is on the rise. There are already over one million Etsy sellers worldwide. Together, they sold over $1.35 billion worth of goods in 2013. The emerging maker movement offers the tantalizing promise of a better economy—one that puts people at the center...
Report

Building an Etsy economy: the new face of creative entrepreneurship

Although Etsy sellers differ from traditional entrepreneurs in many ways, they are emblematic of larger shifts in the economy towards self-employment and micro-business. Most are businesses of one, and face very different challenges from even a five- or ten-person enterprise. Government and regulatory agencies should...
Report

Economic security for the gig economy: a social safety net that works for everyone who works

Fifty years ago, the average worker expected to stay with one employer for the duration of their career, and that employer provided a full suite of benefits that guaranteed economic security to the worker and their family. Today traditional full-time employment is no longer the...
Report

Crafting the future of work: the big impact of microbusiness

Etsy is a global creative commerce platform that builds markets, services, and economic opportunities for creative entrepreneurs. Within Etsy markets, millions of people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell, and buy unique goods. We believe that we’re creating a new...
Discussion paper

Crafting the craft economy

In the fourth issue of CAMEo Cuts, Julia Bennett explores the UK craft economy. She begins with a reflection on the rich and diverse history of craft in London, and outlines some of the challenges now being faced by its contemporary makers and designers. In...
Report

Innovation through craft: opportunities for growth

Craft skills and knowledge have a strong economic impact and significant potential to drive further growth and innovation in other sectors, as this report demonstrates. The creative industries are a recognised UK strengthin which the UK currently enjoys an international competitive advantage. However, other nations...
Strategy

Agenda for Australian craft and design

This is an agenda for the future of Australian making, produced by the National Craft Initiative over a three-year period of engagement with the professional craft and design community.
Book

Craft economies

This book provides a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary craft production, situating practices of amateur and professional making within a wider creative economy.
Conference paper

Making places: creativity, craft and manufacture in Shanghai

From the 1980s European and North American cities engaged in a process of ‘urban regeneration’ involving the displacement of manufacturing by finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE), cultural and creative industries, and tourism. Henceforth developed economies would produce ‘creative’ or ‘knowledge’ intensive services and developing...