Creative Rural Economy Conference / Lancaster
location BRITAIN, Lancaster University
host Ian Hunter and Celia Larner
about the travel On September 9th 2006 and the three following days, the Bibliobox was invited to the Creative Rural Economy Conference in Lancaster. The aim of the conference was to map the new rural arts and creative rural industries. The conference showed the significant contribution already being made to the rural economy by artists, designers, craftspeople, architects, media workers and other creative professionals working and living in rural areas. The Bibliobox was presented in a big presentation hall. Hosts were Ian Hunter and Celia Larner from Littoral/Projects Environment.
A workshop accompanied the presentation of the Bibliobox. The artists of myvillages.org first asked the people present to literally sketch their rural background on paper. The sketches were hung in the booth next to the Bibliobox. By speaking about their drawing everybody introduced themselves. This introduction provided a lot of material for discussion: it demonstrated the function of myvillages.org.
During the workshop Wapke Feenstra of myvillages.org served some clove cheese from her native village in Friesland. Clove cheese is claimed as typical Frisian cheese and has a colonial background: in the 17th century the Dutch took cloves – an exclusive product from Indonesia – with them on their ships and in Friesland someone combined it with cheese. The cheese is sold as Frisian cheese in the cheese stores and markets in Holland.
about the host From 1990 Littoral/Projects Environment has been developing crafts projects in support of the work of environmental organisations. Their goal is in line with the goals that world leaders set in 1992 in Rio: concerned about global warming and environmental change, the leaders committed themselves and their countries to achieving minimum targets for ecological and environmental sustainability.
One of the ways Littoral/Projects Environment helps achieving this goal, is by working with traditional crafts: willow growing, basket making, and associated crafts projects are being developed to show how crafts and environmental art can be deployed in support of regional environmental, economic, social and community initiatives.