September 28, 29, 30, 2018

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Workshops for artisans, designers, makers and experts

Workshop 1. Inrene Vermeulen (Netherlands)
Irene Vermeulen is a Craftscurator and 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 has worked in South Africa, Mongolia, Peru, Vietnam and Indonesia recently. 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 them to market players.
Irene Vermeulen’s involvement in ETHNOFEST 2018 is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Georgia.
The topics of the workshops to be held by Lynda Grose are the following:
- The Market for Crafts, locally and internationally
- Exporting to the EU Market, Market Segments and Distribution Channels
- Trends in Handmade Design 2019

Workshop 2. Lynda Grose (USA)

Lynda Grose is an American 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. Linda Grose’s involvement in ETHNOFEST 2018 is supported by the US Embassy in Georgia.

The topics of the workshops to be held by Lynda Grose are the following:
- who are you as a designer/craftsperson?
- what is your point of view?
- how do you distinguish your work from others?
- why is Georgia and are Georgian crafts special?
- mapping mega trends



Workshops are open for craftsmen, designers, experts, representatives of SME. The working language – English with Georgian translation.

Workshop fee: 150 GEL. 20% discount for EthnoFest-2018 participants

Application deadline September 15, 2018. For each workshop will be selected only 30 participants. As the number of attendees is limited the participants will be selected by the leading experts in accordance to heir profile. The advantage will be given to the participants of EthnoFest 2018. Selected candidates will be notified by September 21, 2018. They have to cover the participation fee within 48 hours from the notification.

As the workshops are conducted as a parallel sessions each candidate can attend only one workshop. For participation candidates have to submit filled application form by e-mail: or deliver hard copy to Georgian Arts and Culture Center. 7 Niko Nikoladze str. Tbilisi, Georgia.

Download application form