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From ancestral methods to technological innovations, from sustainable values to technical knowledge on materials and tools, learn more about the ins and outs of crafts and heritage with Mad’in Europe! Here we present exclusive content on the various aspects of the sector and address its most up-to-date issues. We also welcome contributions, so please contact us to pitch your idea. 
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THE CATALAN VAULT

An ancient technique to build a better future By Andra Ritisan & Charlotte Pierre Human ambition has always been to move forward, to innovate and to progress. Yet innovation and progress have not always been in tune. In many cases, including the building industry, the desire to innovate has led...
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Restoration by IPARC of the Art-Nouveau furniture, designed by Victor Horta for the Wolfers’ shop

IPARC – in collaboration with Denys NV and architect Barbara Van der Wee- restored the cupboards of Victor Horta’s famous Wolfers’ shop (by Victor Horta) for the new display in the Cinquantenaire Museum. The Wolfers’ shop The Wolfers’ shop shows the authentic interior as designed by the Art Nouveau architect...
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Endangered Crafts in a Precarious World

by Selin Genç In an age of a mass extinction of biological life, we simultaneously face the extinction of many craft professions too. These two occasions are more connected than it might initially appear; industrialisation is a driving force in the emergence of an ecological crisis, while also being the...
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Colorful Sicilian craftwork: the famous Teste di Moro.

Text by Maria Giulia Nencini Have you ever wondered what these head-shaped vases that stand out among traditional Sicilian craftworks represent? Legend tells us that they are the distant memory of a love affair that ended in tragedy… The legend dates to the Arab domination in Sicily, which left an...
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What can Europe do to protect crafts?

by AKSSISE Fatiha / Mad’in Europe CRAFTS : THE BEAUTY OF DIFFERENCESCraftsmanship: a key sector for the strengthening of European identity The European Union has made of unity and cooperation one of its pillars to build a European identity. In this perspective a « Europe Day », celebrated on 9 May, was...
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Building a boat.

Nick Barberton Because of Covid lockdowns I have had reduced chances to sell my work. I was given a Walnut tree and when we could travel again last year had it planked and stacked up in my wood shed. The logs that were too small to plank were beautiful and...
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PIERRE HENIN – Histoire d’une collection en hommage au beau geste du travail

Ce témoignage inaugure une série de “portrait d’objets et d’outils” que Pierre Hénin et Mad’in Europe auront le plaisir de vous présenter. Liens : VIDEOS / LES 2 MINUTES DE LA COLLECTION PIERRE HENIN SITE WEB : http://collection-pierre-henin.com/ PUBLICATION : disponible sur le site web de Pierre Henin
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Stories about women in Art and Crafts

By Maria Giulia Nencini / Mad’in Europe Women in Art and Crafts Movement: female artists began their fight for an equal place in the art world, by addressing the traditional notions of crafts and decorative arts. References  Arts and Crafts Movement – When Women United in Creativity (online https://www.widewalls.ch/magazine/arts-and-crafts-movement-women-artists). “Feminist...
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Hand-engraving or “intaglio engraving”

Hand-engraving is a very old technique of “intaglio engraving” which appeared in the 16th century, and was first used in the 18th century with the appearance of the first machines adapted to reach its peak in the 19th century. Engraving is the production of an engraving made up of straight...
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Talleres Abiertos, la app móvil para descubrir cada rincón de España a través de su artesanía

"Talleres Abiertos" es la aplicación móvil gratuita desarrollada por OficioyArte e impulsada por Fundesarte, la cátedra de promoción de la artesanía de la Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) para dar a conocer el arte vanguardista y la tradición de cada región de España mientras se viaja. La aplicación permite la...
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How to take care and preserve gilded and polychrome wood

How to protect your mirrors, seats, consoles, statues, icons, pendulums, coverings, stuccos, and other gilded objects. Recommendations by Donatienne LURQUIN L’or est éternel, inaltérable, inoxydable, mais quand il est posé à la feuille … : Son infime épaisseur (0,2µ) le rend particulièrement fragile. Ses techniques de pose, à l’eau ou à...
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IT SHINES BUT … IS IT GOLD?

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROFESSION OF GILDER, GILDING THROUGH HISTORY, HOW TO RECOGNIZE GOLD LEAF, HOW TO TAKE CARE AND PRESERVE GILDED OBJECTS, HOW GOLD LEAF IS PRODUCED AND WHICH ARE THE MAIN GILDING TECHNIQUES TODAY. By Steffy Chapul, Abian Curbelo, with the very precious collaboration of...
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Watch out for the gilding

Everything that shines (or is golden) is not gold! Some ways to knowingly identify your “gilding” By Donatienne Lurquin – Atelier du Bois Doré – Gilded wood restorer Si la feuille d’or à la détrempe était majoritaire (avec des exceptions, notamment en Italie et en Espagne) jusqu’à la fin du...
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INTERNATIONAL CHARTER FOR THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF MONUMENTS AND SITES

(THE VENICE CHARTER 1964) IInd International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments, Venice, 1964. Adopted by ICOMOS in 1965. Imbued with a message from the past, the historic monuments of generations of people remain to the present day as living witnesses of their age-old traditions. People are becoming...
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LIME, A NEVER EQUALED MATERIAL

By Abian Curbelo The following images will probably be familiar to you. This is probably because over the past decade those lime kilns have been declared objects of cultural interest. Lime kilns have played a fundamental role throughout the ages in the development of the professions of Art, crafts and...
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