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PALM WEAVING BY THE HOUR

LOULÉ CRIATIVO

Virtual Design Variations

LAMPS AND BOWLS WHICH ARE ALSO A MANIFEST FOR THE VALORISATION OF HANDMADE WORK.

In collaboration with: Henrique Ralheta

This project is a manifesto showing the true value of handmade Mediterranean basketry, whose importance is often dramatically underestimated.

In this technique, there is an intermediate stage during which the artisan weaves long strips of palm, which are kept in rolls before being sewn into their final shape. These rolls can be made as long as necessary for each project, but they can also be used as a measuring tape of hours worked. We developed a system for these rolls to be kept closed and tight, so that their form can be shaped and reshaped, leading to the development of a range of products which are sold at an hourly rate – by the hour.

Ultimately though, what is the true value of a piece that took 10 hours of skilled work to craft, and which is filled with historical relevance and a strong cultural heritage and identity?

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LOULÉ CRIATIVO

‘Loulé Criativo’ is an initiative aimed at enhancing and promoting the identity of this Algarve municipality. The driving forces behind the initiative are creativity and innovation. The project supports the training and activity of artisans and other people working in the creative sector, helping to revitalise the traditional arts and crafts and dynamise new approaches to the areas intangible heritage.

The aim of this project by Loulé Municipal Council is to provide a series of services to residents and visitors that will afford:
– adequate and upto-date training in the traditional arts and crafts;
– continuous innovation in the products and the working processes of professional creators;
– conditions for research in the field of arts and crafts and related topics;
– business and setup support geared specifically towards meeting the needs of artisans and people working in the creative sector;
– a programme of artistic and creative residencies that will mobilise the critical international mass;
– a dynamic and attractive range of creative experiences that will put tourists in touch with the unique aspects of our regional identity and heritage, based on a ‘do it yourself’ philosophy;
– a cultural programme that promotes events related to the themes of creativity, heritage, arts and crafts.

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Two Hours and Five Hours Bowls

Materials: Palma
Designer: Henrique Ralheta
Artisans: Odete Dias (Palm Weaver) e Júlia Laurência (Seamstress)

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Two Hours and Four Hours Table lamps

Materials: Palma
Designer: Henrique Ralheta
Artisans: Odete Dias (Palm Weaver) e Júlia Laurência (Seamstress)

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Fifteen Hours Ceiling Lamp

Materials: Palma
Designer: Henrique Ralheta
Artisans: Odete Dias (Palm Weaver) e Júlia Laurência (Seamstress)

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Four Hours Ceiling Lamp

Materials: Palma
Designer: Henrique Ralheta
Artisans: Odete Dias (Palm Weaver) e Júlia Laurência (Seamstress)

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