SACICT Craft Trend 2018: Focus on the Community, Collaboration, and an Escape from Confusion

SACICT Craft Trend 2018: Focus on the Community, Collaboration, and an Escape from Confusion

SACICT Craft Trend 2018: Focus on the Community, Collaboration, and an Escape from Confusion

Crafts have become top trending topics in the world of design nowadays. Advances in technology have led to increased collaboration and endless creativity. A newly launched book, “SACICT Craft Trend 2018,” offers a glimpse into future craft trends and touches upon the concept of social craft networking, mass exclusivity, and digital detoxing.

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Product design under the “Hand to Hand” concept represents the latest in further developments from last year’s SACICT Craft Trend. This couch and coffee-table set is the fruit of creative partnership between designers and the community.
“Bua,” or large water lilies, won First Prize at the Innovative Craft Award 2017. It’s designed by Chalermkiat Somdulyawat and Kawisara Anansaringkarn, in partnership with the Baan Bart community.

Every year the SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand collects and analyzes information about works of art, crafts, and design all over world. The organization presents a digest of its findings in the book series SACICT Craft Trend. The 2018 Edition touches upon three top trending topics, namely Social Craft Network, Mass Exclusivity, and Digital Detoxing.

The July 4 official launch of “SACICT Craft trend 2018” was attended by leading brand and trend experts. Among them was Jeremiah Pitakwong, MD Amarin Printing and Publishing Public Co, Ltd, who discussed several aspects of the Social craft network. As he put it: “The concept is not about giving financial support. Rather, it focuses on collaboration and increased opportunities for people who do craftwork. Social craft Networking is about creative partnership, sharing experiences, and exchanging knowledge of production methods. None of these happened in the past. Today, advances in communication technology have taken the propagation of information to a whole new level. People from across the globe are now able to interact with one another and work together.”

Designer Stanley Ruiz of the Philippines said that working with the community gave him the opportunity to raise the level of activity and energy in local craft makers. This in turn gave people in the locality power to further develop and create new products that would sell.

Jeremiah Pitakwong , MD Amarin Printing and Publishing Public Co, Ltd, gives a talk on Social Craft Network at the official launch of the 2018 Edition of SACICT Craft Trend.
Designer Stanley Ruiz of the Philippines presents his works before an audience at the SACICT Craft Trend 2018 book launch.
“Teepamalee,” a suspended floral design by Savin Saima of the Innovative Craft Award 2017 project
“Phun Partition,” a desktop workspace divider and organizer in one. // Design: Thinkk Studio and the Weavers Village at Baan Bang Chao Cha, Angthong Province // From: Thai Innovative Crafts // By: SACICT.

– Social Craft Network –

Social craft networking is handpicked for the main topic in innovative crafts this year. Looking at it from a wider perspective, it appears that modern handicrafts today differ greatly from those in the past in that they require a great deal of design collaboration. It’s the partnership between designers and craft makers that gives rise to unconventional creativity, or out-of- the-box thinking. It transcends disciplinary boundaries, goes beyond one’s natural ability, and flies across the continent.

Aptly named “Natural Dip Wall,” this accent wall is covered with 32 fabric slabs made from natural fiber. // Design: Plural Design and the Kaew-wanna Natural Mohom Fabric Group, Muang District, Phrae Province // From: Thai Innovative Crafts // By: SACICT.
Tribal details are somewhat reduced to give throw pillows a simpler, more modern look. // Design: Trimode Studio and the U-thong Quilting Group, Suphan Buri Province // From: Thai Innovative Crafts // By SACICT.
This AYA furniture line from the Vincent Sheppard brand is designed by Sep Verboom, who combines the wicker weaving technique of Indonesia with upholstery fabric made by Belgian artisans.

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