What do we do? Craft, Architecture, and Design

December 15, 2011

WNC hosts more than 200 second-home and retirement communities, offering consideration potential for craft artists to capitalize on this trend. Through a variety of increasingly sophisticated projects, HandMade helps craft entrepreneurs expand their business to include custom work for the building trades. Simultaneously, we work with construction, design, and property sales professionals to raise their awareness of the craft resources available to them and their clients, and to facilitate their access to craft artists. Some highlights of HandMade’s recent CAD projects include:

  • With The HandMade House at the Ramble, a unique partnership between HandMade and Biltmore Farms, we created a showplace residence that demonstrated the value of integrating the ideas of builders and artists. More than 100 craft artists from Western North Carolina worked with architects, designers, landscapers, and construction crews to create a model that can be easily replicated.
  • Our Toolkit for Integrating Custom Craft into Building Projects serves as a “how to” manual for effective collaborations between artists and professionals in the building trades.
  • Two HandMade publications, Handcrafted Architectural Elements and Handcrafted Home Furnishings and Design Elements, serve as resource manuals for architects, interior designers, and homeowners, offering ideas for utilizing fine craft of the region in their building and renovation projects.
  • The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture & Design Expo invited the public to join artists, builders, and designers to learn about successful collaborations between craft artists, homeowners, and industry professionals. More than 1100 visitors attended the workshops and exhibits of this two-day event, which emphasized craftsmanship and design for both high-end and mid-range home markets.

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