Craft Dynamics: Empowering felt making through design

Bilge Aktas, Maarit Mäkelä

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This paper argues that design can empower a craftsperson and accordingly provides the ability to maintain her work and practice. In addition, it can provide new opportunities to the local community she is part of. The study presents case studies from the field of felting in Turkey, the aim being to understand the field of felting in Turkey and the role of design in the transitioning of felting. Based on these findings, we argue that craftspeople who use design are more empowered: they can create their own craft identities, sustain their practice, and build productive relationships with the local community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDESIGN+POWER
Subtitle of host publicationNo 7 (2017): Nordes 2017
Place of PublicationOslo
PublisherNordic Design Research Society (NORDES)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventNordic Design Research Conference: DESIGN + POWER - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 15 Jun 201717 Jun 2017
Conference number: 7

Publication series

PublisherNordes 2017
ISSN (Electronic)1604-9705


ConferenceNordic Design Research Conference
Abbreviated titleNORDES 2017
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  • craft
  • felting
  • design
  • empowerment


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