22 Feb 2018

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

Discussion paper

1 Sep 2017

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....


27 Mar 2017

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...


26 Sep 2016

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...


1 Jul 2016

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...


1 Mar 2016

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.


23 Jul 2015

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...


18 Jun 2014

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...


15 Jun 2014

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.


26 Oct 2009

Recently there has been a move towards incorporating ethnographic practices into the research phase of the design process. Groundbreaking work has been done by design consultancies like IDEO (2001), and by trend-predictors such as The Future Laboratory. Large corporations (BMW, Philips and Mark & Spencer)...


10 Nov 2008

There are both challenges and opportunities for people working at the intersection of the crafts and design, and this presentation is interested in both analysis of the current state of the industry as well as strategies to aid its progression. "There are many intersections within...



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