Situated crafts —
knowledge, skills and workmanship

Origem Comum (Common Origins) is a contemporary space for the contextualisation, development and critique of artisanal know-how. Our aim is to enable crafts to contribute actively and equitably to a global discussion regarding some of the most important questions of our times: sustainable production, fair trade and responsible consumption, and community well-being.
Our goal is to highlight and advance the cultural and commercial status of situated crafts by accompanying artisans closely and working with public and private bodies in an inclusive, integrated and effective approach.

© Janina Wick

Why, How, What for

A journey towards various goals:

Highlighting and promoting the contemporary relevance and usefulness of situated crafts — in ecological, cultural and economic terms 

Contextualising and supporting the artisanal dimension of material culture through knowledge sharing

Creating technical information, capacitation tools and dedicated consultancy for the crafts sector

Identifying sustainable commercial alternatives for artisans and consumers

Disseminating a fair image of artisanal trades and artisans

Fostering and participating in the debate on responsible consumption

Researching, developing and transforming vernacular design

© Vasco Célio / Stills

The Origem Comum initiative is a natural progression of The Home Project Design Studio’s work. Since 2004 we have been working alongside artisans to preserve and develop vernacular practices. This sustained work of permanence and immersion in different territories has taught us a lot about our relationship with the natural landscape, the climate and the people who live in those territories. The knowledge that derives from this relationship goes well beyond the theoretical: it manifests itself in the way things are done, the way surroundings are interpreted and how we attribute meaning and value. The traditional arts express knowledge and perseverance that improve with time. We have learnt a lot from potters, basket-makers, weavers, carpenters, tinsmiths, anthropologists and scientists about technologies, natural materials and their corresponding work processes, as well as their contextualised design and respective market, local economy and inherent respect for nature.

Our journey has taken us throughout Portugal (Cultura Intensiva 2009, Algarve; Projecto TASA, 2010-11, Algarve; Pescarte, 2014, Alentejo; etc.), Spain (Oficis Singulars – Artesania Catalunya, 2008-10, Catalunha), Cape Verde (Kutxi, 2017, CNAD – São Vicente) and the Azores archipelago (2017-19, CRAA). In all these places we have worked in workshops developing skills, tools, services and products, but also with local, regional and state public and private bodies, studying the sector and developing new strategies for market positioning, production and consumption.

Team and Collaborations

Concept e Coordination
Álbio Nascimento and Kathi Stertzig

Video
Jorge Murteira

Photography
Janina Wick
João Grama (Estúdio Peso)
Vasco Célio

Graphic design
Sabine Kornbrust

Research, writing and copy
Cláudia Freire
Frederico Duarte
Katharina Finke
Madalena Alfaia

Artisans
Abel Carvalho
Abílio Vilaça
Adélio Gouveia
Adélio Real
Aida Bairos
Alentejo Azul
Almerinda Miguel
Alzira Neves
António Paiva
António Polido
António Vaz
Arménio Varela
Catarina Martins
Domingos Vaz
Fernando Nelas
Leonilda Silva
Manuel Ferreira
Maria Helena Rosa
Maria Lopes
Palmira Lopes
Quirino Ferreira
Ricardo Lopes
Rodrigo Sim-sim
Valentina Silva

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