Conscient of the urgent and defining challenges of the 21st Century, mostly related to environmental and economical sustainability as well as the rapid effects of rapid urbanisation, DFFWAC seeks to highlight the growing necessity to preserve and strengthen a worldwide legacy of unique, female-led artisanal production. Aiming to contribute towards improving and strengthening craft clusters, this association introduces design strategies that allow for the preservation of female-led artisan communities in Portugal and other countries around the world, produce knowledge concerning national and international craft activity and explore the intercultural relationships between different women-driven crafts communities on a global scale.
In Portugal FORWARD workshop receives the name Fazer Bem, the portuguese expression for “doing well” or “doing good”. It is based on the role of contemporary design, as well as the visual arts, as contributors to the maintenance and innovation of craftsmanship, underlining its impact in the creation of social and economic sustainability. Being site-specific, it is aimed at a group of women in disadvantaged situations from different backgrounds, seeking to simultaneously promote adult education and highlight the cultural heritage of craft practices.
Taking all of this into account, Fazer Bem presents the following objectives:
- Educate through the transmission of knowledge, skills and techniques from the disciplines of art, design and crafts.
- Contribute to the social, cultural and economic integration of women in disadvantaged situations, through the creation of collaborative strategies between the target group and the invited artist, artisans and designers, promoting sustainability, creativity as well as economic independence.
- Develop new types of craftsmanship with the contribution of the invited artist and designers from different sectors, creating new offers with market and cultural value, using sustainable materials and techniques.