September 28, 29, 30, 2018

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Summit Public Events Programme

September 28, 29, 30, 2018. Working Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Pavilions #4, 5, 6

September 28, 29, 30, 2018. Working Hours: 11:00- 19:00
Pavilion # 5, Central Stand Area

* The Historical Crafts and Modern Design, Georgian State Museum of Folk and Applied Arts
* Textiles from Georgia, Georgi State Museum of theater, cinema, music and choreography
* Ethnic Evolution, National Clothes House

Public Presentations
Friday, September 28, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 Official Opening Ceremony 
15:00 - 15:20 - Karen Gibbs, Crafts marketolog, Coach of Artisan Businesses (USA): The Popularity of the Artisan: An overview of market opportunities for international artisan brands.
16:00 - 16:20- Irina Giorgadze, Enterprise Georgia, Project Coordinator, Micro and Small Business Support Component
16:30 - 16:50 - Paloma Suarez, Craft Tourism Specialist (UK), Craft Tourism in Georgia, sustainability and growth
17:00 - 17:20 - Tamar Kiknadze, GACC, World Crafts Council -Europe member, World Crafts Council’s Craft Cities Network, information for the applicants

Saturday, September 29, 2018

12:00 - 12:20 - Irene Vermeulen, Craftscurator (The Netherlands) Trends in Handmade Design 2019
13:00 - 13:20 - Irina Koshoridze, Director of State Museum of Folks and Applied Arts (Tbilisi, Georgia), The Museum and the traditional craft-making: historical experience and modernity
15:00 - 15:20 - Irina Saganelidze, Ministry of education, science, culture and sports, co-author of the project, Textiles from Georgia
16:00 - 16:20 - Janine Aalfs, National Museum of World Cultures, Retail Manager, (The Netherlands), How can Museum Shops and Makers collaborate
17:00 - 17:20 - Andrei Georgescu, Mesteshukar ButiQ, SVM GeorgesCom, Marketing Expert (Romania), Taking traditionally handcrafted products to the global market

Sunday, September 30, 2018

12:00 - 12:20 - Lynda Grose, Designer (USA), The future(s) of handmade. Trends, needs, prospects.
15:00 - 15:20 - Zurab Potskhishvili, Ethnologist, Traditional Craft-Making in Georgia: the Past and the Present
18:00 - 19:00 - Closing of the Summit, announcement of the winners of the contest “The Best Booth, EtnoFest 2018”







Presenter's Info

Lynda Grose, Designer (USA) is a designer and professor, pioneer of Eco-Fashion and co-founder of ESPRIT ecollection. She is involved in development and establishment of Eco-clothing line in the fashion industry since 1990; She is one of Top 10 fashion revolutionaries along with Vivienne Westwood, Pharrell Williams and others; Nowadays she collaborates with following famous and successful companies: Gap Inc, Levi Strauss and Co., UNDP, The Sustainable Cotton Project, Aid to Artisans and others.

Irene Vermeulen,
Craftscurator (The Netherlands) is specialized in handmade design. She works with both makers and suppliers of crafts worldwide, as well as importers and retailers in the European market. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands she travels all over the globe to research market trends in home and interior. She shares her insights in columns and lectures for Elle Decoration NL, Heimtextil Frankfurt and Pantone. Irene coaches global suppliers of handicrafts in exporting, product development and business strategy. She Irene has worked on marketing and design for handmade products since 2001. In 2011, Irene launched, to share her insights on handmade and sustainable design, to promote craft producers and link the mto market players.

Karen Gibbs, Crafts Expert, Coach of Artisan Businesses (USA) helps artisan entrepreneurs around the world reach new markets for their handmade products.  She has over 25 years experience coaching artisan businesses in more than 60 countries.  Karen is the co-founder of ByHand Consulting, a business offering educational and marketing programs for emerging artisan brands and companies. ByHand's proven methodology helps artisan businesses identify new opportunities, create sales-driven marketing plans, and grow their business. 

Paloma Suárez, Crafts Tourism Specialist (UK) is the founder and director of The Ancient Crafts of Georgia Tours - a journey through the country learning from Georgian craft masters and enjoying culture and Georgian  hospitality. She is also Director of the Centre for Georgian Crafts, a project that supports the learning and promotion of Georgian Crafts, exploring ways in which we can pass on the skills of the craft masters to younger generations. Part of our first Summit for Georgian Crafts in 2016, Paloma returns this year with a new talk and presentation: “Craft Tourism in Georgia, Sustainability and Growth“.

Jeanine Aalfs, Retailer Manager (The Netherlands) has broad experience in buying, merchandising and innovative product development for International Retailers and Cultural Businesses. Being commercial and creative talented she is capable of perceiving different strategic layers in projects. She is a natural connector with an excellent vision on consumer trends and needs and translates these effortless into product ranges aiming to increase overall brand experience and average order value.

Andrei M. Georgescu, Marketing Expert (Romania) comes from a Marketing background and is currently leading the Bucharest based social enterprise MBQ (Mesteshukar ButiQ), bringing new meaning to traditional Roma and Romanian crafts and generating significant income for vulnerable communities. Besides his work with MBQ, Andrei has also founded a social management consultancy firm – SVM GeorgesCo., with the vision to help social businesses across Europe grow their commercial potential and social impact. SVM GeorgesCo. creates commercial bridges between traditional and social businesses, bringing added value to both markets.

Irina Koshoridze, Art Historian, Director of the State Museum of Folk and Applied Arts (Georgia), Georgian State Museum of Folk and Applied Arts is one of the oldest Museum institutions in Georgia, established in 1899. The Museum holds the objects of Georgian and Caucasian folk and decorative applied arts and a rich collection of naive artists works.

Irina Saganelidze, Art Historian, co-author of the project Textiles from Georgia(Georgia), As the head of the Division of  International Programs and Popularization at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Irina Saganelidze runs different national and international programs and curates exhibitions of contemporary and applied arts and the events related to Georgian cultural heritage.

Irina Giorgadze, Enterprise Georgia, Ministry of  Economy and Sustainable Development (Georgia), Micro and Small Business Support Component is a program implemented by the Agency Enterprise Georgia designed to render financial support and consulting to micro and small businesses across Georgia.

Zurab Potskhishvili (Georgia), Heritage crafts expert and chairman of Georgian Heritage Crafts Association, Zurab is actively involved in the preservation and development of Georgian crafts since 1980.

Tamar Kiknadze (Georgia), works at Georgian Arts and Culture Center’s Crafts and Cultural Industries Development Program since 1998 and actively cooperates with the World Crafts Council Europe. She is co-author of Study of Heritage Crafts Sector in Georgia conducted by GACC in 2013.