Product collection developed with the SW fishing communities
The overall goal of Pescarte was the empowerment of local fishing communities by using their specific artisanal skills and knowledge to increase their economic sustainability. This resulted in a collection of handmade products that can be commercialised locally.
We were preceded by two anthropologists who’s input became key for our relation with people and place.
Our approach took on the local culture and knowledge, focusing on common techniques and available materials, as well as existing interpretation of material culture and “making by”. The collection of decorative and playful utilities proposes to create synergies between the handicraft production, local institutions and the local commerce — specially between the local (more established) craftspeople from the CACO association and the fishermen. The commercialisation should contribute to support fishermen and their families in times when they can’t go out to sea. We organised gathering moments with all artisans and fishermen to build relations and network.
After workshop sessions on production and quality control, our intervention concluded with an exhibition and gathering of all the participants. We also built a movable outdoor sales point to incentivize continuation to this new commercial activity.