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Ponta Delgada, February 3rd, 2017
The Government of the Azores opens candidacies to the Incentive System for the Development of Handicrafts

The Vice-Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA), promotes between February 15th and March 31st, the period of applications for the Incentive System for the Development of Handicrafts of the Azores (SIDART) for the year 2017.

The support, according to an order published today in the Official Journal, includes projects that range from training to the investment in the Handicraft Production Units (UPA) based in the Region.

Under SIDART, created by the Azorean Agenda for Job Creation and Business Competitiveness, the Regional Government supported 130 projects in 2016, representing a total investment of 374 thousand euros.

Currently, 518 artisanal production units are registered in the Azores, when in 2012 they were 359, which translates into an increase of 45% in just four years.

The emergence of 159 more companies reveals a new dynamism in the sector and is part of the strategic objectives of encouraging the use of new business opportunities, boosted by the increase in tourist flow, creation of own employment and new jobs, as well as the contribution for the fixation of the populations and young people, in a perspective of harmonious development of the Region, valuing the raw materials and arts that exist in each island.

Applications to SIDART are made on CRAA’s website at http://sidart.azores.gov.pt/sidart .

GaCS / OG

Ponta Delgada, February 2nd, 2017
Wooden locks from the island of Corvo now included in the list of 100 certified products as “Artesanato dos Açores”

The Vice-Presidency, within the ambit of the business competitiveness promotion policy of the Government of the Azores through the valorization of regional products, approved the certification of the “Wooden Locks from the island of Corvo” by the brand Artesanato dos Açores, which already has over 70 artisans and about 100 products.

The Ordinance published today in the Official Journal recognizes the traditional production of wooden locks on the smallest island of the archipelago, associated with rural life, some still remaining, especially in agricultural shelters.

These locks are an emblematic product of the local handicraft that has maintained its relevance throughout the centuries, becoming inseparable from the history of the Region and the people from Corvo.

In the production of this type of handicraft, the re-use of raw materials is also important, and sometimes wood is used from old constructions that apparently have no utility.

The wooden locks from the island of Corvo, formerly used to lock the doors of wealthier homes, have now become a typical handicraft increasingly sought after by visitors.

With this certification, the Regional Government reinforces the creation measure of this collective brand of origin, considering that the incentive to maintain artisan practices of recognized cultural and economic interest can contribute significantly to the Region's notoriety, enrich the ethnographic heritage and to consolidate cultural diversity as a pole of tourist attractiveness.

It is also intended to be a more effective distinction, promotion and marketing, especially in the foreign market, through the projection of the brand Artesanato dos Açores and by encouraging the certification of products, brand images, designation of origin, indication of protected geographical locations, traditional speciality guaranteed, use of labels and warranty stamps.

The application for certification is presented to the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA) and analyzed through the Technical Assistance Committee (CAT).

The certification is attributed to products traditionally manufactured in the Region and that meet strict evaluation criteria, being CRAA responsible for approving, following up and monitoring.

GaCS /OG

 

 

NEW OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL CENTER FOR HANDICRAFTS (CRAA)

CRAA has a new office, which is open to the public from January 9th, with the opening hours from 9am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 5:30pm.O novo espaço, que reúne todos os serviços do CRAA, tem como intuito proporcionar melhores condições de atendimento e uma maior satisfação dos nossos artesãos e público em geral.

The new space, which brings together all the services of CRAA, aims to provide better service conditions and greater satisfaction of our artisans and the public in general.

Visit us!

Adress:

Rua Conselheiro Dr. Luís Bettencourt n.º 24 (em frente ao Tribunal)

9500 – 058 PONTA DELGADA

T - 296309100

 

MUA - Urban Market of Handicrafts, from 7th to 10th December. See our program.

 

To registrate for the workshops call 296 309 100 or by e-mail at craa@azores.gov.pt 

The number of handicraft production units in the Azores increased by 45% in four years
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Nov 24th (Lusa) - The number of handicraft production units in the Azores has increased 45 percent in four years, to 518, announced the vice president of the Regional Government.

“Currently, 518 artisanal production units are registered in the Azores, when, in 2012, there were 359. In other words, in just four years there was a 45% increase in certified handicraft production businesses”, said Sérgio Ávila at the opening of another edition of Prenda - Azorean Handicraft Festival, in Ponta Delgada, island of São Miguel.

According to Sérgio Ávila, this growth of “159 more businesses in just four years reveals the entrepreneurial capacity” of the artisans of the archipelago, but also “the capacity to create their own self-employment and the generation of new jobs and the vision of new opportunities for business, boosted by the increase of the tourist flow”.

Emphasizing that this is an activity encouraged by the Regional Government, the governor exemplified the “various actions, projects and campaigns to promote handicrafts, as a tourism product of value and the identity of the Azores, developed by the Regional Center for Handicrafts”.

“On the other hand and as a measure of support for the sustainability of handicraft enterprises, the Government of the Azores has created the Incentive System for the Development of Handicrafts”, said Sérgio Ávila.

According to him, “this incentive has supported the professional activity of artisans and the economic development of their companies, both in terms of marketing, promotion, training and investment in infrastructures, structures and production equipment”.

“Only during this year and up to date it have been supported under this incentive system 130 projects, which represented a new total investment of more than 374 thousand euros”, he said, adding that “in recent years there has been, not only, a significant increase of candidacies, as well as the artisans betting on projects to improve their production units and on the qualification and innovation of their product”.

Sérgio Ávila added that the regional executive promoted “the certification of traditional products through the brand “Artesanato dos Açores”, announcing that the ambition “is to increase the number of artisans currently certified (73) and the number of products, about one hundred”.

At the occasion, the official also said that “soon will be published the ordinance for the certification of the work” on whale bone and wood locks from the island of Corvo and that the Handicraft Center “will be part of the Incubator Network of the region, implementing a thematic incubator dedicated exclusively to handicrafts”.

“Prenda”, that will be held until Sunday at Pavilhão do Mar, has more than fifty artisans and businesses from all over the country.

The program of the festival, besides the expository part, includes workshops, music shows and marionettes theater.

SR // ARA

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The Government of the Azores promotes the 4th Azorean Handicraft Festival - PRENDA

The 4th Azorean Handicraft Festival - Prenda, which takes place from November 24th to 27th, at Pavilhão do Mar, in Ponta Delgada, counts with the participation of over fifty artisans and handicraft companies from all over the country.

This festival, which has free admission, is an initiative of the Vice-Presidency of the Government through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA). It is a platform of excellence for the promotion of regional development, local cultures and sale of traditional and contemporary handicrafts from the Azores.

The program of the festival, in addition to the expository part, includes workshops, music and marionettes theater performances, with performances by Trio Música Nostra and the groups Lua Cheia - Theater for All, Partículas Elementares – Marionettes Theater, and the group of Castanets Os Companheiros and Associação Tradições, which will present a performance/show A ilha do Chá at the opening of the event.

The 52 handicraft production units present in this initiative will present products related to knitwear, the manufacture of miniatures of wood, burel, cork, costume jewelry, basketry, pottery, fish scales, embroidery and ceramics.

The artisans will also demonstrate the art of working glass, leather, iron, tin and confection of cloth dolls, as well as lace and sweets.

The four artisans from the island of Madeira present at the event under the collaboration agreement signed between the two Autonomous Regions, will present works in the areas of figurative ceramics, inlaid wood, cooperage, basketry and the manufacture of wooden utensils.

The Lapinha Christmas cribs, a traditional art form of the island of São Miguel, whose origin dates back to the 16th century, will be highlighted in an exhibition.

The various workshops planned include several areas namely, ceramic/decoration, macramé, fish scales, corn leaf, patchwork, inlaid wood, weaving and pyrography/costume jewelry.

There will also be workshops for adults and children on Lapinha Christmas cribs, and those interested should register, with the cost of 15 euros, until November 23rd, by email at craa@azores.gov.pt or in person at CRAA, Rua de S. João, no. 47, in Ponta Delgada.

The festival will also provide the visitors with the Hora do Chá (Tea Time), in partnership with several companies, and you can taste teas and characteristic flavors of Azorean sweets such as Rice Pastries from Graciosa, Bolo Baleeiro from Pico, and Bolos Lêvedos from São Miguel.

The visitors of this event are still qualified to the daily draw of a gift basket with handmade products.

At the same time, on November 26th, there will happen a guided tour, called “Handicraft Routes”, which will include a biscuit workshop at the Cooperativa Celeiro da Terra, a bath at the Poça da Dona Beija and a soup served to all participants, In the Furnas Lagoon.

Registration for this trip, which is limited, can also be made through the email craa@azores.gov.pt.

The Festival PRENDA, which has the support of Azores Airlines, RTP Açores and RDP Açores, will be open to the public on November 24th from 5:00p.m. to 11:00p.m., on the 25th from 6:00p.m. to 11:00p.m., on the 26th, from 2:00p.m. to 11:00p.m., and on November 27th from 2:00p.m. to 10:00p.m..

GaCS/OG

PRENDA - Azorean Handicraft Festival 2016 - from 24th to 27th November - See our program.
 
 
 
The Government of the Azores promotes the Urban Market of Handicrafts in António Borges Garden, in Ponta Delgada

 

The Regional Government of the Azores, through the Vice-Presidency, promotes the realization of MUA - Urban Market of Handicrafts in “Jardim Sagres Fest”, on the 9th and 10th of September, in Ponta Delgada.
 
The market, developed by the Regional Centre for Handicrafts, in partnership with CRACA- Cultural Association, appears integrated in the second edition of this urban festival, which takes place over the weekend in the António Borges Garden, and has a program of diversified activities for adults and children, including concerts, dining spaces, activities for children and outdoor cinema, in addition to the handicrafts and workshops.
 
MUA has nine exhibition and commercial spaces, with products of various handicraft areas, including costume jewelry, wood miniatures, clothing accessories, textiles for the home, herbs, cloth dolls and synthetic materials.
 
In this edition will participate the artisans Kartini Hydayat, Ana Quintas, Fátima Costa, Gabriela Motta Faria, Ana Martins, Randal Gladwin e Horácio Raposo, from the Island of São Miguel, Cooperativa Desafios da Montanha, from the island of Pico, and the artisan Ana Teresa Cota, from Terceira.
 
During MUA it will be held a Dream Catchers workshop on Friday, September 9, at 6:30pm, and other of Sewing, in the next day at 5pm.
 
Those interested in participating can register until the beginning of the event, through the email address craa@azores.gov.pt.
 
The market will operate from 6pm to 12am, on the 9th, and from 4pm to 12am on the 10th of September.
GaCS/VPECE

 

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Ponta Delgada, August 1st, 2016
The Government of the Azores promotes a Handicraft exhibit during “Semana do Mar” in Horta
The Vice-Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA) promotes, as in previous years, the realization of a handicraft exhibition inserted in the celebrations of “Semana do Mar” in Horta.
 
“M.ART. – Semana do Mar”, which runs from the 7th to the 14th of August, will be integrated at the fair “Expomar” in the Marina of Horta, with the presence of 10 handicraft production units of Faial, Pico and São Miguel.
 
Will be present artisans from several areas, namely Zenaida Vieira, Carlos Vieira, Salomé Vieira, Angelina Ferreira, Zélia Freitas, Fernanda Sousa, Nisa Silva, Fábio Oliveira and Sara França.
 
During the event, visitors can enjoy works with fish scales and Figtree kernel, cardboard, leather items and tailor-made clothes, photography, synthetic materials, stone and wood sculptures, embroideries, home textiles and lace.
 
With the realization of this show, CRAA intends to use this time of high tourist flow to the island of Faial to promote regional handicrafts and artisans, as well as support the promotion and marketing of their products.
 
“M.ART – Semana do Mar” will be officially open at 2:30pm on August 7, running until August 14, between 7pm and 00am, with free admission.
 
 
GaCS / VPECE

 

Ponta Delgada, July 27, 2016
The Regional Centre for Handicrafts certifies over 37 products under the brand "Artesanato dos Açores”

 

The Regional Centre for Handicrafts, through the Technical Monitoring Committee (CAT), certified over 37 products from six of the nine islands of the archipelago, with the collective brand of origin "Artesanato dos Açores” (Handicraft of the Azores).

 
At the meeting of the CAT were being examined 46 applications, 30 handicraft production units in the areas of ceramics, vegetable fibers, “Registos” of Santo Cristo, “lapinha” Christmas cribs, fish scales, Figtree kernel, lace, embroidery, weaving and traditional sweets.
 
Were approved 21 applications of São Miguel, five from Pico, four from Santa Maria, four from Faial, two of the island of Terceira and one from São Jorge, artisans who presented works of basketry, straw stuffing, hats, doormats, corn leaf, dragon tree and wheat straw dolls, wicker furniture, pottery, glazed ceramic figurines, tiles, “lapinha” Christmas cribs, works with fish scales and Figtree kernel, lace, “Registos” of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, embroidery and weaving.
 
In the food area, were certified four handicraft production units, namely the manufacturing of “espécies” of São Jorge, “queijadas” of Vila Franca do Campo and “biscoitos de orelha” of Santa Maria.
 
The evaluation and certification of the products was made during the meeting of the CAT, led by the director of CRAA, Sofia de Medeiros, which was also attended by representatives of the Innovation Institute of the Azores, the regional directorates of the Investment Support and Competitiveness and Culture and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Azores.
 
The collective brand of origin "Artesanato dos Açores" was established in 1998 with the goal of defending the handicraft products, especially when its promotion and marketing go beyond the regional level, imposing thus the origin and quality certification as a way to cultural appreciation and distinction in the market.
 
The certification is awarded to products traditionally manufactured in the region that meet rigorous evaluation criteria, competing to CRAA the approval and subsequent monitoring and inspection of the products.
 
Currently there are 73 certified artisans with the origin brand “Artesanato dos Açores”, some of which work in more than a handicraft area, being certified about a hundred products, which number is to be increased, given that the certification means quality assurance.
 
There are certified so far two dozen handmade products under the brand “Artesanato dos Açores”, being the vegetable fibers the last one to be recognized.
 
In research process for certification are the “scrimshaw” and the “massa sovada”.
 
 
GaCS / VPECE

 

The Government of the Azores promotes a handicraft exhibition during “Festas da Praia”
 

The Vice-Presidency of the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), promotes, as in previous years, the realization of an exhibition of handicrafts integrated in the program of “Festas da Praia 2016” on the island of Terceira.
 
The “M.ART – Praia da Vitória”, which runs from July 29 to August 7, seeks to take advantage of the season with the most tourist flow to the island of Terceira to give visibility to the work of 26 handicraft production units of the Azores.
 
In the exhibition will be present works of 24 artisans from Terceira and São Miguel, covering various handicraft areas, including miniatures, tin, cardboard, costume  jewelry, pottery, embroidery, textile items for the home, weaving, clothing accessories, leather and wood pieces, pyrography and patchwork.
 
The exhibition will be installed in the tent set up in the Marina of Praia da Vitória, in an area contiguous to the Gastronomy Fair “Gastronomia do Atlântico”.
 
CRAA wants, with the completion of this show, not only to promote regional handicrafts and artisans, as well as support the promotion and marketing of its products.
 
The “M.ART – Praia da Vitória”, which will be opened at 1PM on July 29, has free admission and opens to the public from the 30th of July to the 7th of August, from 7PM to 12AM.

GaCS/VPECE

 

The Government of the Azores opens a PopCraft Kiosk in Corvo

The Vice-Presidency of the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), opens Thursday, July 21, the PopCraft Kiosk in the island of Corvo.

This kiosk, installed next to the Multipurpose Building, will function during the summer, during labor hours, receiving, at an early stage, works of the artisan Rosa Mendonça.
 
The PopCraft kiosks aim to promote the Azorean handicraft activities and provide greater support in marketing their products, contributing not only to their cultural value, but also for the projection and affirmation of the identity of “Artesanato dos Açores” (Handicraft of the Azores”.
 
These spaces are, therefore, available for the participation of interested artisans in joining the project, through the Vice-Presidency service of their island of residency.
 
The kiosks, authorship of André Vieira and Flávio Serpa, were built with the use of local resources, such as Cryptomeria, and integrate different public spaces in the nine islands of the archipelago.
 
The Regional Centre for Handicrafts concludes this year the implementation of the PopCraft kiosks on the nine islands of the archipelago of the Azores, finishing this project with the kiosk in the island of Corvo.
 
The PopCraft Kiosk had a partnership with the University of the Azores, through the Department of Architecture, and with the support of Atlânticoline.
 
GaCS/VPECE

 

July Newsletter

 

The Government of the Azores supports over 130 projects in the handicraft area


The Government of the Azores, through the Vice-Presidency will support, with about 200 thousand euros, 130 projects in the handicraft area, representing a total investment that exceeds 374,000 euros.

These projects, candidates for the support provided in the “Sistema de Incentivos ao Desenvolvimento do Artesanato dos Açores” (SIDART) (Incentive System for the Development of the Azores Handicrafts) for this year, covering areas ranging from education to the innovation in the handmade product.
 
So, for training projects, involving a total investment of about 12 thousand euros, the reimbursement under SIDART will exceed six thousand euros.
 
In the area of industry promotion, a global investment of 22 thousand euros correspond a government reimbursement of more than 11,500 euros.
 
For investment projects of handicraft production units candidates to support, that ascend to 254,000 euros, the financial reimbursement ascend to about 135 thousand euros.
 
In the area of qualification and innovation of handicraft products, have applied projects representing a total investment of about 85 thousand euros and will have a government financial contribution of about 45 thousand euros.
 
The Incentive System for Development of the Azores Handicrafts was created with the goal of promoting the sustainable development of artisanal activity within the regional economy through a series of measures that articulate and give coherence to this system.
 
With the granting of support to handicrafts, the Regional Government implements one of the measures foreseen in the Agenda for Job Creation and Enterprise Competitiveness.
 
GaCS / VPECE

 

Azorean artisan receives Honorable Mention at FIA 2016

 

Maria de Fátima Azevedo Freitas, artisan from the parish of Piedade, in the municipality of Lajes do Pico, received an Honorable Mention at the National Handicrafts Competition FIA - Lisbon, taking place at FIL, until July 3.

The Azorean artisan applied for the "Best Piece of Contemporary Handicraft" modality with a crochet blouse, made with cotton thread, which earned her the recognition. This is the second time that Maria de Fátima Azevedo Freitas sees her pieces distinguished in the event, since she received the same mention for the participation in the competition with a raffia hat in 2013.
 
Registered at the Regional Centre for Handicrafts for 20 years, she produces pieces in crochet, lace, patchwork and fish scales, among others, and participates regularly in exhibitions and handicraft markets, namely “M.ART. – Santo Cristo”, “M.ART. – Semana do Mar” or “Prenda – Festival de Artesanato dos Açores” (Azorean Handicrafts Festival).
 
Maria de Fátima Azevedo Freitas integrates the Azorean representation, with the support of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), participates in the International Handicrafts Fair with a "stand" representative of the region, where there are works of eleven handicraft production units.
 
The National Handicraft Award aims to distinguish the Portuguese artisans, favoring their technical and professional skills as well as their aesthetic capacity, assuming it also as a social and cultural enhancement factor of all artisans.

 

Creative Ceramics Exhibition



As part of its educational project "Hora do Ofício", the Regional Centre for Handicrafts hosted a Creative Ceramics workshop, guided by the artisan and artist, Inês Ribeiro, and of which resulted an exhibition, open to the public until 20 July in the Public Library and Regional archive of Ponta Delgada.

The workshop, held in “Quinta do Priôlo”, lasted about 85 hours and was directed to educational facilitators for leisure ateliers of Kairos and the general public, with the goal of developing skills in various clay molding techniques and ceramics decoration, allowing them the opportunity to diversify their areas.
 
The exposed pieces resulted from a creative experimentation with diverse ceramic materials, coupled with the different forming techniques explored. The ideas were being shaped freely by hand or in the potter's wheel, improved with the aid of multiple tools and finally subjected to high cooking temperatures to materialize them in personalized objects of pottery.
 
Visitors will be able to appreciate the works of the trainees Ana Baptista, Ana Pimentel, Alexandra Matos, Armanda Costa, Carmen Machado, Enric Enrich Jr., Iria Piñeiro, Lúcia Sousa, Josefina Cabral, Mário Rui Câmara, Maria Sofia Meirelles, Nicolau Viveiros, Tea Sculac and Tiago Apolinário.
 
June Newsletter

 

Azorean Handicrafts at the International Fair of Lisbon

The Vice-Presidency of the Government promotes, once again, the participation of the Azores at the International Handicrafts Fair of Lisbon (FIA), which runs between June 25 and July 3, at FIL. The 'stand' representative of the Azores has the presence of 11 handicraft production units of the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Pico, which will exhibit works from various handicraft areas, including embroidery, lace, fish scales, the art of working leather, “Lapinha” Christmas cribs, costume jewelry, weaving, clothing and fashion accessories, stone sculpture and vegetable fibers. In addition to the exhibition of handicraft products, the space for the Azorean representation, which was developed by the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), will feature an exhibition of clothes, resulting from the “Residência Criativa” (Creative Residency), project that addressed essentially the typical embroidery of the islands of Terceira and Graciosa. The need to give new uses to embroidery, to ensure the sustainability of the industries and associations of this sector, was a desire that the Regional Government replied with the realization of the “Residência Criativa”, but also with the exhibition at this fair in Lisbon, the largest to be held in the Iberian Peninsula. The participation of CRAA at FIA has, thus, the goal of promoting the Azorean handicrafts and artisans, in a perspective to reach new audiences, since the event receives, throughout nine days, not only professionals and lovers of craftworks, arts and design, but also enthusiasts of handicrafts as a cultural manifestation. 
GaCS / VPECE

 

The Government of the Azores opens a PopCraft Kiosk in Graciosa

The Vice-Presidency of the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts, inaugurated last 17 of June, the PopCraft Kiosk in the island of Graciosa.

The infrastructure installed in “Praça de São Francisco”, will occur during the summer, during working hours and welcomes, at an early stage, works of 10 handicraft production units from Graciosa, including the Associação de Artesãos da Graciosa and the artisans Cristina Santos Diana Bettencourt, Maria de Jesus Silva, Maria Elidia Ataíde, Maria Ilbete Leite, Sandra Cunha, Maria de Jesus Félix and Oldemira Santos.

 
The PopCraft Kiosk is a project of CRAA and comes up with the goal of increasing the visibility of Azorean handicraft activities sites and providing greater support in the marketing of their products, contributing not only to their cultural value, but also for the projection of the identity “Artesanato dos Açores" (Handicraft of the Azores), making them available, to all artisans interested in joining the project, through the Delegation of the Vice-Presidency of their island of residence.
 
The kiosks with a design of authorship of André Vieira and Flávio Serpa, were built with the use of local resources, such as Cryptomeria, aiming to integrate different public spaces in several islands of the archipelago, for the promotion, dissemination and sale of handicraft products.
 
This year, the Regional Centre for Handicrafts implemented the PopCraft kiosks on the islands of Faial, Flores, São Jorge and Graciosa, an initiative that has a partnership with the University of the Azores, through the Department of Architecture, and with the support of Atlânticoline. Later this summer it will be open a kiosk on the island of Corvo.

 

Azorean Handicraft Exhibition in Sanjoaninas, in Angra do Heroísmo

The Vice-Presidency of the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), promotes, for the 11th consecutive year, a display of handicrafts integrated in the program of Sanjoaninas in Angra do Heroísmo.  

The 'M.ART - Sanjoaninas', which takes place from 17 to 26 of June at Alto das Covas, aims to promote and publicize the Azorean handicrafts through the exposure and marketing of products, and enhance the movement of goods and artisanal economy.

In order to take advantage of the period with most tourist flow to the island of Terceira, 'M.ART – Sanjoaninas’ will give visibility to the work of 21 handicraft production units of this island and one of São Miguel.
 
Visitors will be able to appreciate works of various craft areas, namely wood, costume jewelry, pottery, embroidery, patchwork, lace, clothing accessories, pyrography, leather, whalebone and tin, among others.
 
'M.ART – Sanjoaninas’ will open at 6pm on the 17th, and can be visited every day from 7pm to 12am, with free admission.

 

The Government of the Azores promotes Urban Handicrafts Market from 9 to 12 june in Ponta Delgada

The Vice-Presidency of the Government of the Azores promotes, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), another edition of the Urban Handicrafts Market (MUA), from 9 to 12 june in collaboration with the Municipality of Ponta Delgada.

The initiative, which takes place in Largo da Matriz, in Ponta Delgada, aims to increase the visibility of the Azorean handicraft activities as well as to renew and boost their image. Like other editions, this has nine exhibition and commercial spaces, where traditional and contemporary arts and crafts will be presented, including works with fish scales, weaving and costume jewelry, among others.

During MUA, visitors can enjoy the works of the artisans.

For this edition was invited the artisan Ana Peixoto from the island of Flores, and the store Goma386 from Lisbon, which brings to the Azores ceramic figures of Santo António in a “pop” version, on the weekend in which it takes place the festivities in his honor.

Two workshops are also scheduled, namely costume jewelry and weaving for children, on the 10th and 11th of June, in the MUA´s “Coreto” Kiosk.

 


Angra do Heroísmo, May 3, 2016
App for smartphones and tablets provides an Azorean handicrafts Guide

 

 

The Vice-President of the Government said today, in Angra do Heroísmo, that the Azores have been over the last few years, “winning the challenge” on turning the handicraft into an “increasingly qualified and innovative product”.

Sérgio Ávila, who was speaking during a visit to a craft production unit, during which was presented the bilingual multimedia app “Percursos do Artesanato dos Açores”, for smartphones and tablets, pointing out that this new communication platform is “the step that was missing”.

The new app, according to the Vice-President, allows “the access to more than 100 craft production units of the Azores, to know them, having their location, the products that they sell and their hours of operation, so that every tourist or every person who wants to purchase a certified product” from the regional handicrafts may have access to all the information.

Sérgio Ávila expressed the conviction that this app will result in “the increase of direct sales” to anyone visiting the Azores, but also allows “online purchases” as a result of placement of “what we have of more traditional, which is the handicraft, in the most modern communication platforms, of knowledge and sales”.

“The sales potential has grown significantly with the growth of tourism”, considered Sérgio Ávila, for whom developments in recent months in Terceira and the strengthening prospects for the coming months must have “a very positive reflection in handicrafts”.

For the Vice-President of the Government, “was missing this connection of knowledge, which is now done with a sense of modernity and taking advantage of the latest forms of communication and information”.

GaCS/CT

May newsletter

 

 

Ponta Delgada, April 22nd, 2016

 

Handicrafts Exhibition of the Festivities of Santo Cristo dos Milagres with fifty artisans  

The Government of the Azores, through the Vice-Presidency, promotes, as in previous years, the realization of a regional handicrafts exhibit inset at the Fair “Lar, Campo e Mar”, which will take place between April 29th and May 5th in the Alameda do Mar in Ponta Delgada.

The initiative, named “M. ART. do Santo Cristo dos Milagres” is organized by the “Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato” (Regional Centre for Handicrafts - CRAA) and will have the presence of 46 craft production units of the islands of São Miguel, Pico, Faial, São Jorge and Terceira.

This exhibit will display craft productions in several areas, including vegetable fibers, embroidery, lace, textiles, “patchwork”, whalebone, fish scales, costume jewelry, tin works, iron, leather and wood, “bonecreira” art (art of making dolls) and aromatic herbs.

Under the cooperation agreement signed between the two Portuguese Autonomous Regions in the area of handicraft, will be present for the first time, four craftsmen from Madeira, who will be presenting works in the areas of ceramics, wicker, clothing accessories and wood.

The event will be open to the public from 6pm to 00am on the 29th of April, 3rd, 4th and 5th of May, from 4pm to 12am on April 30th and the 2nd of May, and from 2pm to 12am on May 1st, the day of the Procession of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres.

 

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April newsletter

 

Ponta Delgada, April 1st, 2016
The Director of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA) said that the celebrations of the European Artistic Crafts Days in the Azores, which began today in Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitória, "consolidate the growing acceptance of new artisans and the economic importance of the sector".
 
Sofia Medeiros emphasized the commitment of CRAA in "promoting exchanges between craft units and among artisans of the region", as well as supporting the presence, "increasingly significant in quantity and quality, of the Azorean handicrafts in fairs held abroad".
 
For the Director of CRAA is very encouraging "the receptivity that has been observed, for example, on the mainland, generating a sales increase that makes the activity more rewarding from an economic point of view and, thus, attractive for whom wants to join it".
 
The Government of the Azores, through the Vice-Presidency, is marking the European Artistic Crafts Days with a set of activities including guided tours, workshops for children and the realization of urban handicraft markets in the cities of Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitória.
 
These activities, organized by the Regional Centre for Handicrafts, began this morning at the “Oficina Museu das Capelas” in São Miguel, with a ceramic figurines painting workshop for children from ATL.
 
On Saturday, April 2nd, there will be a bus tour to the north of the island, with guided visits to three handicraft production units, namely the “Oficina Museu das Capelas”, the Tea Factory of Gorreana in Maia, and the weaving workshop “O Linho”, from the artisan Lurdes Lindo in Lombinha da Maia.
 
With this visit, CRAA aims to show the reality of handicrafts in the island of São Miguel and to show products, techniques and the creation spaces of local craft production units.
 
Also as part of the celebrations of the European Artistic Crafts Days, CRAA promotes until April 4th, the realization of urban handicraft markets (MUA) in Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitória, initiatives that includes the participation of 16 artisans of the Azores and two guests coming from the mainland.
 
In Ponta Delgada, are present the artisans Catarina Castello, Inês Ribeiro, Odília Mancebo, Teresa Baganha, Randal Gladwin and Centro Cultural da Atalhada from São Miguel, José Francisco Pereira from Faial, and Publicações Serrote from Lisbon.
 
In Praia da Vitória, the initiative has the presence of the artisans Isabel Rosário, Manuela Sousa, Maria Aurélia Rocha, Samuel Castro, Francisco Rocha, Cookies&Friends and Lúcia Freitas from Terceira, Bruna Silva from Santa Maria, and the company Só Sabão from Viseu.
 
For the four days of MUA are scheduled four workshops, namely tin, macrame, typography and ceramics in Ponta Delgada, and knitting, tile painting, handmade soap and works in leather in Praia da Vitória.
 
The European Artistic Crafts Days are aimed at the promotion and development of handicrafts in Europe through the meeting of artisans out of the work environment, in exhibitions, visits to training centers, workshops and thematic tours.
 
This activity is coordinated by the Institut National des Métiers d'Art, from France, to which are associated 18 countries.
 
In Portugal, the European Artistic Crafts Days are celebrated in the Azores, Lisbon and Coimbra.
 


 

European Artistic Crafts Days
 
Program
 
April 1st 
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Ponta Delgada
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Praia da Vitória
 
10am – 12am / 2pm – 4:30pm
Painting Wokshop
Ceramic dolls painting
Activity directed for the children from ATL (leisure-time center) “Coriscolândia”.
Location: Oficina Museu de Capelas (Workshop Museum of Capelas)
 
 
April 2nd 
 
9:30am
Bus trip with guided tours
Places to visit: Workshop Museum of Capelas (Capelas), Gorreana Tea Factory (Maia), Weaving Atelier "O Linho" (Lombinha da Maia)
Meeting at 9am
Location: Largo da Matriz (Next to MUA - Urban Crafs Market)
 
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Ponta Delgada
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Praia da Vitória
 
10:30am
Workshop "Tipos + Grafias" illustration with stamps
“Serrote” Editions

In the Workshop "Tipos + Grafias", Illustration with stamps, held by Nuno Neves of “Serrote” Editions, the goal is to simulate the letterpress technique, but simplifying the materials and facilities. The idea is to compose elaborated images, from the use of rubber stamps repeatedly.

 
MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Matriz - Ponta Delgada
 
10:30am
Knitting Workshop
Isabel Rosário

In the Workshop "Knitting for beginners", Isabel Rosario will make an approach to the main materials used in this art, and wants to teach participants the basic stitches for the execution of an accessory of personal use. After the apprenticeship, they just need to add color and creativity, and create their first work in knitting.
 
MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Luz - Praia da Vitória
 
2:30pm
Utilitarian Soap Workshop
Só Sabão - Saboaria Tradicional Portuguesa

At the Utility Soap Workshop, “Só Sabão - Saboaria Tradicional Portuguesa” (Traditional Portuguese Soap Factory), participants will learn how to make soap with used oil. Making natural soap is a simple task but it can have a significant positive impact. However, in the case of using used oil it is a reuse of a highly polluting waste when placed directly into the environment and with a huge destructive capacity. With its transformation into soap we transform this oil in a new biodegradable product.
 
MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Luz - Praia da Vitoria
 
2:30pm
Workshop "Desenhos de Aresta: uma inspiração no azulejo árabe” (Cuenca Technique Designs: an inspiration in the Arab tile)
Inês Ribeiro

The Ceramics Workshop “Cuenca Technique Designs: an inspiration in the Arab tile”,Inês Ribeiro, will begin with a plaster board previously prepared. From there, the participants of this workshop will create a matrix design, using a sharp and non-sharped tracer. Once engraved, the figures created are ready to be modeled in clay. From this technique results elements that can be adapt to the most varied applications, from the inspiring Arabic tile to jewelry pieces. The resulting pieces will be baked later and delivered to the participants.
 
MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Matriz - Ponta Delgada
 
 
April 3rd 
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Ponta Delgada
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Praia da Vitória
 
2pm
Tin Workshop
Deolinda Soares

In this workshop, under the theme "Spring", Deolinda Soares will demonstrate how to work the tin, starting with an approach to the material to be used, through the various techniques for creating pieces in this material: design, perfect, apply patina, dry and clean. The artisan will let the participants be inspired by flowers to create their own works of art.
 
MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Matriz  - Ponta Delgada
 
2pm
Tile Painting Workshop
Aurélia Rocha

In the Tile Painting Workshop, Aurélia Rocha will approach the traditional hand-painted tiles using traditional Portuguese tile designs from the 17th century. In this workshop it will be made a short introduction to the tile history in Portugal, followed by a demonstration of the dry rope technique and the Cuenca technique. Finally, it will be explored the tile painting technique used nowadays.
 
MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Luz - Praia da Vitória
 
 
4pm
Macrame Workshop
Catarina Castello

In the Macrame Workshop, participants will learn how to make decorative and costume jewelry pieces in macrame. The macrame is a simple technique of interwoven threads that forms knots and interesting designs. Catarina Castello will teach and each participant will be able to give free rein to the imagination to create their own pieces.
 
MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Matriz - Ponta Delgada
 
April 4th 
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Ponta Delgada
 
10am
Opening of MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Praia da Vitória
 
4pm
Leather Key holders Workshop
Francisco Rocha


In the Workshop "Manufacture of leather key holders" the craftsman Francisco Rocha will address the cutting, sewing and leather painting techniques. For two hours, participants will learn more about the material, they will handle the leather and create their own key holder, fruit of their imagination and from the techniques learned in the workshop.
 

MUA - Urban Crafts Market
Location: Largo da Luz - Praia da Vitória
 
6pm
Closure of MUA - Urban Crafts Market in Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitória
 

 

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE AZORES OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR SUPPORT IN THE HANDICRAFT AREA IN THE AMOUNT OF TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS


The applications for the Incentive System for the Development of Handicrafts of the Azores (SIDART) for the year 2016, will be open from the 15th of February to the 31st of next March. A dispatch of the Vice-President of the Government of the Azores, published today, sets the time limit and determine the amount of 200,000.00 euros as overall budget for the projects to be adopted in areas ranging from workshops to the innovation of the handicraft product. The applications will be made, online, on the website of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), in the link www.artesanato.azores.gov.pt.


The Incentive System for Development of Handicrafts of the Azores was created with the goal of promoting the sustainable development of artisanal activity within the regional economy through a series of measures that articulate it.


Reinforce the quality of production and competitiveness of artisanal enterprises in the Azores, at the same time it meets the structural changes resulting from the creation of the Craftsman Status and the Handicraft Production Unit, are other objectives that the Government of the Azores intends to achieve with this system created under the Azorean agenda for the Creation of Jobs and Enterprise Competitiveness.


Under the “SIDART” the Regional Government supported, in the previous year, 118 Handicraft Production Units projects from various fields.


To access the portal of the applications for SIDART click here.

 

REGIONAL CENTRE FOR HANDICRAFTS PROMOTES THE THIRD EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL PRENDA

The Vice-Presidency of the Government promotes, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA), the realization of the third edition of the PRENDA festival, to be held from 26 to 29 of November at the “Pavilhão do Mar” in Ponta Delgada.

During the event, which aims to stimulate the promotion and sale of traditional and contemporary handicrafts of the Azores, will take place planned activities and children's workshops in the areas of “Registos”, “lapinha” and corn leaf Christmas Cribs, as well as exhibitions and workshops on contemporary handmade ceramic products, bulrush, embroidery with gold, illustration with fish scale, 'cake design' and stamps.

The 3rd PRENDA will feature fifty artisanal production units across the country, which will allow an exchange of experiences and knowledge among artisans.

Throughout the festival will be on highlight an exhibition of works in plant fibers, including basketry, “capacharia”, casing with wicker, hats and the confection of dolls.

This exhibition aims to highlight the certification of last October, of the works on plant fibers as members of the collective brand of origin "Artesanato dos Açores” (Handicrafts of the Azores), in recognition of a traditional nature of production associated with rural and domestic life that has retained its relevance over the centuries, becoming inseparable of the region's history and its people.

CRAA will launch during the festival a "Christmas kit”, encompassed in the project “Azores in the box” in order to reach new audiences and with the prospect of renewal, stimulation and the statement of the Azorean handicrafts image as a genuine and certified product.

The festival program also includes shows with Celina da Piedade and Sara Cruz, as well as the performance of “Bonecos de Santo Aleixo”, from the “Teatro do Centro Dramático de Évora” (Theatre of the Drama Centre of Évora), which will give a rod puppet manipulation and construction techniques workshop.

The Handicraft festival PRENDA, with free admission, will be open to the public from 5pm to 11pm, on the 26th and 27th of November, and from 2pm to 11pm on the 28th and the 29th of November.
 

Those interested in attending the workshops should make the registration until November 25th, on CRAA or in the festival secretariat.

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