The last surviving sea silk weaver

Byssus art is an exceptional tradition keept safe by women who preserved it by transmitting this tradition to other women of their family tree. Now, Chiara Vigo, from Sardina, seems to be the last sea silk weaver alife.


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Embroidered Lifeline for Palestinian Women Refugees in Jordan

Empowering Embroidery

Discovered thanks to the Guardian another amazing initiative using crafts, embroidery in this case, to support women refugees social inclusion. SEP JORDAN, is a social entrepreneurship initiative founded by Roberta Ventura, an Italian born woman based in Geneva.

Credits: The Guardian. Asma Aradeh, employed by social enterprise SEP Jordan inspects embroidery work together with two colleagues. Photograph: Faras Oran

SEP Jordan describes themselves as ethical fashion start-up distinguished by their intricate embroidery and geometric patterns, and storytelling. For them “Every Stitch Tells a Story: each piece is embroidered by a single talented artist” based in  Jerash Camp in Jordan.

Ensuring that the marvelous cross-stitch technique is being passed down from generation to generation, SEP Jordan works to empower “less fortunate artists with professional, personal and economic stability”.

CNN visit their atelier and interviewed Palestinian artists on the impact of this beautiful work.

Discover their amazing work here and follow the on facebook.



European Prize for Applied Arts

Apply to the #EuropeanPrizeforAppliedArts by 15th February! An initiative of the World Crafts Council.

All craft disciplines are admitted (ceramics, glass, textile, jewellery, wood, paper, furniture, accessories,etc.)

Pieces submitted for the competition must be recent (produced after the 1st January 2016). They shall be made in accordance with the laws about environment and
animal welfare. Their weight must not exceed 100 Kgper piece. Possible exceptions will be decided by the jury or the organizers.

Candidates may submit either one large (eg. large furniture or wall hangings) or three medium-sized pieces (+/- 60 cm) or five small pieces (eg. jewellery, small ceramics

Check the regulation and visit their website for further information: