Craftspeople are not perceived as deserving cutting edge pedagogy.
Unidimensional in structure, content and approach, conventional training
sessions do little to empower craftspeople to innovate, reflect and problem
We wanted to change this culture of dull, lifeless, conventional learning
platforms and we felt that using art and design pedagogy would help us
bring new life, and new directions.
Faith in this approach was not accidental, we had conducted a workshop
for wood carvers at Sri Kalahasthi - a town in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Here we tried out some new ways of making learning happen in the areas
of creative thinking, problem solving, reflection and planning. This convinced
us that it was necessary to demonstrate the efficacy of this method to
Only if we could show the stakeholders an alternative approach to
empowering craftspeople would any real change be possible in this sector.
This is why "Aagaman - listening to
METHODOLOGY OF THE WORKSHOP
We aimed to create an environment where all the participants had an opportunity
to become "present". Broadly, we used a participatory, highly
visual way of revisiting assumptions on issues related to craft. We designed
the workshop where introspection
would be nudged to find new insights and shed old prejudices. The exercises
were designed to stimulate, provoke, question and make connections.
WHAT WE HOPED TO ACHIEVE?
Since craftspeople are intuitively visual and comfortable with handwork,
we felt they would use our approach to explore new ways of looking at
their own work, their lives and their dispositions. We were seeking definitions
that were idea and coherence centered.
Therefore we hoped that we could create a spirit of scrutiny, criticism
and control that would lead to a capacity of self-reliance and sustainability.
It also provided a platform where new technologies could be discussed