Today straw craft is one of the most challenged crafts in the Nordic countries. Due to high production costs straw craft is mostly outsourced into countries where handlabor is cheaper. As a result skills and knowledge are rapidly disappearing. But straw has many advantages. It grows locally and it is widely available, it is cheap as a material and there are multiple ways to use it. Moreover it is environmentally friendly. It is thus worth to explore what the material and the craft could mean today.
Farmer’s Gold was organized the form of a workshop in which Swedish and international designers worked together with local straw craft persons from Dalsland, an isolated province in Sweden and the center of Swedish straw craft. By exchanging ideas and techniques, they experimented with straw and developed new products together.
The workshop took place in 2011 and was organized by Editions in Craft in collaboration with Halmens Hus and Steneby.