Azores Craft Lab

THE
AZORES
CRAFTLAB

It’s a project created by the Vice Presidency of the Government, Employment and Business Competitiveness, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts.

It is the first incubator in the Azores to support projects and business ideas in the area of handicrafts, especially in the areas of weaving, wool, pottery, ceramics, among others. It is located in the center of the city of Ponta Delgada in a rehabilitated historical building, with work spaces to welcome the entrepreneurs.

We offer fully equipped spaces, tailor-made training and consulting, access to financing solutions and support for the marketing of products and services. It is a space and a community designed to develop your creativity and grow your business through a complete set of services and unique conditions.

The AZORES CRAFTLAB incubator is a place created to welcome companies/projects, identifying opportunities and turning them into lucrative businesses, offering a structure configured to stimulate, facilitate and favor their development.

SERVICES

INCUBATION AND MENTORING
It offers a set of incubator services, training, support in accessing funding sources, through partnerships and also mentoring services provided by experts to help those starting out, all within an adequate range of infrastructures.

COWORK
AZORES CRAFTLAB offers a large cowork room where entrepreneurs can share their experiences in a dynamic and common work space.

SMALL OFFICES
Designed to welcome entrepreneurs, we have created small offices that guarantee more individualized and private work to create your project.

VIRTUAL INCUBATION
We virtually incubate companies and entrepreneurs, who can benefit from coaching actions, specialized business consulting, participation in events and complementary activities.

INFRASTUCTURES
Adapted to welcome the entrepreneurs for trainings, meetings and events, we have a meeting room, a training room, a cowork room, a canopy, a lounge and a promotional space. They are ideal spaces that we think about in your business and in the community.

Incubated

AZORLINHO | Culture and Transformation of Flax

Azorlinho is a Social Entrepreneurship project that aims to recover the culture and transformation of the flax in the Azores and the commercialization of fibers and linen products 100% handmade.

This project aims to contribute to the participatory construction of local communities, economically, socially and culturally more sustainable, and aims to become a national reference for social entrepreneurship, promoting innovation, intergenerational transmission of knowledge and identity with the local. The project aims to produce handcrafted pieces (linen fiber, linen thread/flock, linen cloth, decorative objects, costume jewelry, clothing, etc.) and provide services such as: training (qualification and reconversion of unemployed people with low employability rate); promotion of active aging (intergenerational transmission of knowledge and experience in the linen cycle); research (examples: creation of a database associated with flax in the Azores, study case in social entrepreneurship – opportunity to investigate the social and economic impacts of this project, etc.); and a live museum.

Follow the project at www.facebook.com/azorlinho.

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Flora Azorica – Artisanal Soap was born from the desire to combine cosmetics with the best that the Azores has to offer.

Susana Benevides, creator and promoter of Flora Azorica, started making soap and other cosmetic products about 8 years ago. It integrates the international guild Soapmaking Natural Ingredients and within the scope of this guild, she has had the privilege to contact closely with the best and latest techniques of soap making worldwide, learning and debating with specialists in the area, in a process of continuous training.

In the manufacture of her soap, Susana Benevides always gives priority to the local raw material supplied by small producers, and uses it both in the ingredients (give examples) and in their aromatization or essence (give examples). This is how she ensures a soap of superior quality and that distinguishes itself by the results. The sustainability of the products is another of the principles that Flora Azorica conducts itself. All soap production is designed and developed in a way that does not harm the environment. Natural resources and all raw materials are used intelligently and the packaging is made of biodegradable or recyclable materials, to conserve the soap, creating as little waste as possible. The knowledge of her ancestors is at the root of many of the formulations of Flora Azorica’s soap. Susana believes that tradition and culture must be preserved and shared. She also believes that Nature offers everything we need to feel good and in harmony with the planet.

Since April 2018, Susana Benevides has been part of the Azores Craft Lab – Handicrafts of the Azores Incubator, with her project Azorica Flora.

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Marília Hipólito Atelier | Ceramic Painting

The work of the artisan Marília Hipólito mirrors the connection between her academic training – architecture – and the Azorean tradition of ceramic and tile painting. Marília Hipólito intends to create and commercialize a line of atisanal products of excellence that represent her creative identity in the interpretation of the environment that surrounds her. The product she presents runs away from the trace and traditional colors parameters. She does not look for forms associated with a direct reality, but interpreted, playing with geometry, the stain, the color and the line. Through a artisanal practice with tradition in the Azores she presents an innovative vision and application.

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ORGANICA | SS19 – Macrame and Capacharia

The project revalues two artisanal techniques, macrame and capacharia (mats), in the creation of a collection of fashion design pieces.

Based on a metamorphic experience, the union of these two arts, with crochet notes, gives body to bags. In its composition, the recycled cotton thread and the bulrush leaf, coming from a plant that grows in the Azores, are eco-sustainable materials, being environmental concern a premise of the brand.

Capacharia gains a different function from the traditional one and, combined with a contemporary design, enhances the development of unique and original pieces.

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Sofia Afonso | Lapinha Handicraft and Fish Scales

The raw materials used by the artisan Sofia Afonso in her artisanal work are mostly collected by her on the beaches, slopes and fields of the island of São Miguel. Shells, mosses, fragments of rock, fish scales, among other elements that she works with detail and great skill. Being the Lapinhas and the works with fish scales two artisanal areas of great tradition in the Azores, Sofia Afonso is able to prove the versatility of these arts, creating pieces with unique characteristics, a result of her virtuosity and her creative capacity.

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