Our hypothesis that art and design pedagogy make a good platform for learning for craftspeople was vindicated.
This workshop showed as that the engagement of the different stakeholders through this method revealed stories and facets that are overlooked in the dominant conventional portrayal of this subject.
To demonstrate this frequently is the only way we can bring about a change in what the craftsperson can expect from the agencies that claim training and education is being imparted.
Having a divergent group is challenging but is also difficult to take forward in grand leaps.
Crafts persons enjoy working with their hands and can visualise easily.
They are not very informed about technology or processes that impact their domains - like resource management, cultural issues and the export market.
Their future generations do not have opportunities that are perceived as valuable.
There is no ‘career’ in this domain - you cannot join up to ‘train’ to be a craftsperson normally.