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.
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
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
João Grama (Estúdio Peso)
Research, writing and copy
Maria Helena Rosa