CREATIVE WAVES - how was the work of partners looked like

Find out how was the work of the Creative Waves partners looked like, a project aimed at supporting socially vulnerable groups, looked like. Whether they are in fact vulnerable, find out what good a home-based artist can do. Popularizing folk embroidery in everyday clothing and household items is their specialty.

The project has received support from the Council of Baltic Sea States Fund.

The project “Creative Waves – Baltic Sisterhood for Change”, a cooperation between Intercult from Sweden, Euroregion Baltic and Baltic Sea Cultural Centre from Poland, Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre (ENUT), and activists from Kaliningrad Oblast, has come to an end. With this project, we empowered women in the Baltic Sea Region by meeting traditional crafts, local traditions and customs etc. with the digital modern world and its demands for change.

The project final powerful event was in Gdansk, 25 – 27 September in Baltic Sea Cultural Centre and partially online. “Talks to Empower” was a three-day series of meetings and accompanying events: presentations, shows and workshops that took place at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk (we encouraged you to participate here). The programme was amazingly rich with lectures, workshops and panels from international experts – inspiring women.

The event kicked-off in Miasto Gdańsk with some amazingly inspiring warm-up micro-workshops, shows & discussion with artists and craftswomen from Pomorskie, Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie and Sweden.

Was discussed female entrepreneurship and the importance of building supportive environments. The project has built a sense of identity and belonging, and it is hoped that this is the beginning of a larger movement to empower women in local communities and the Baltic Sea region more broadly!

During the "Talks to Empower" with guests from four countries in the Baltic Region, discussions included women's entrepreneurship and the importance of building supportive communities. The guests focused on the practical aspects of turning passion into a profession, and considered how to use "sisterhood," empathy and solidarity to strengthen society. Traditionally women's activities (e.g., embroidery, jewelry making, herbalism) and their role in community building will serve as a starting point for future meetings.

There is a chance for the similar projects in the future!

CREATIVE WAVES, project's final conference, 25-27.09.2022, Gdańsk

Is this the end of cooperation of active women? Will they all come back and delve into their world after the end of the activities? The creators of this good enterprise hope not, there is still a lot to show, discuss and work out together. But it all depends on inspiration, on their own and others' needs to fulfill their own dreams and help others fulfill theirs. All this will be served by the final conference, which is titled:

TALKS TO EMPOWER. STRONG, VISIONARY, ACTIVIST WOMEN & CRAFTS

Where and when can you come or sign up?

September 25-27, 2022

Nadbałtyckie Centrum Kultury in Gdańsku - participation is free of charge

please be sure you register to blocks indicated in the programme (details below)

FULL INFORMATION OF THE EVENT: https://tinyurl.com/yy39825y

P R O G R A M M E

September 25th (Sunday)

14.00–18.00 “Make or Buy: Crafts on Display” – afternoon with crafts(and)women

18.00-19.30 “How Passion Has Changed My Life?” – discussion with craftswomen

September 26th (Monday)

Morning session (10.00-13.00) will be held in English (for the audience in the BSCC interpretation into Polish will be available). The session will be streamed online (available only in English, on Intercult’s FB https://fb.me/e/26rEMT4VZ ).

Participation is free of charge, but please be sure you register:

→ register to Monday sessions only: https://app.evenea.pl/event/silaczki1/

or

→ register to both days: https://app.evenea.pl/event/silaczki2dni/.

10.00-10.05 Welcome by Renata Malcer-Dymarska, the BSCC Deputy Director

10.05-10.20 Introduction to “Creative Waves” project idea and main outcomes by CW Leader, Iwona Preis (Intercult Productions, Stockholm)

10.20-11.15 “Creative Community Building upon Balticness: Role of Tradition and New Approaches” – panel discussion on Baltic Sea identity

11.15-11.30 Coffee break11.30-13.00 “Empowered and Creative Women in the Modern World” – panel discussion

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.15 “Creative Waves: Baltic Sisterhood for Change” – presentations of main conclusions, learnings, ideas for the future

15.15-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-16.15 “Women Empowerment: Social Relations in Local Communities” – panel discussion

September 27th (Tuesday)

Session will be held in Polish.

Participation is free of charge, but please be sure you have registered:

→ register to Tuesday session only: https://app.evenea.pl/event/silaczki2/

or

→ register to both days: https://app.evenea.pl/event/silaczki2dni/.

10.00-10.30 "Design Thinking – Tools to Create and Implement New Solutions in the Context of Traditional Craft" – presentation by Dorota Madej (online presence)

10.30-11.30 “Digital Craftswomen Academy” – short overview by creators of Oplotki.pl followed by a Q&A session

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-13.00 “Women Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship” – panel discussion using fashion as an example

17.00-19.00 “Powiśle Region and Ukraine Embroidered” – workshops vol. 2

The event is held as a final part of the international project Creative Waves – Baltic Sisterhood for Change.

Project partners: Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk (Poland), Euroregion Baltic, Estonian Women Studies and Research Centre ENUT (Estonia), and in the first half of the project Team of Women Activists from Kaliningrad Region (Russian Federation).

Project Leader: Intercult Productions (Sweden).

The project is co-financed by the Council of the Baltic Sea States Project Support Facility.

Funded by the CBSS Project Support Facility

Creative Waves - project effects

Creative Waves - Baltic Sisterhood for Change supports the creative and social activity of women, making it easier for them to find their place in the digital world. The project reaches female artists and activists operating in centers distant from the centers, supports building a network of connections between them and makes it easier for them to present their activities on the Internet. All this to strengthen the role of women in the process of building healthier communities and a friendlier space. Who creates the Polish version of the project?

Behind every cultural event and project there is a person, there is a team ... Creative Waves is a special undertaking that - entirely devoted to women - it is also entirely created by women. Some of us can be seen clearly, others remain hidden. It's high time we got to know / get to know each other:

this is how the Polish partner writes about the project. You can read more on the website of the Baltic Sea Cultural Center in Gdańsk.

The most important goals of the project:

- Help in creating a friendly, understandable and inclusive public physical and digital space by helping to understand and use digital tools in an innovative way, using intangible cultural heritage

- Help in building traditional and digital public spaces as friendly and safe for everyone, especially the more sensitive;

- Integration of vulnerable groups; young people, women, immigrants in physical and digital space;

- Promotion of female leaders (partners and creative) in the process of building resilience

- Women as creators of change;

- Through stronger social ties and the production of cultural artifacts, the project aims to help vulnerable groups to enter the labor market;

- Providing participants with skills essential for competitiveness and employability

- To act inspide of the Covid

- Empowering representatives of vulnerable groups: women, youth and immigrants to feel identity, continuity and belonging, and provide them with employability-relevant skills;

- Helping to achieve greater gender equality by making women stronger despite the increased burden of pregnancy, social disruption etc;

Helping to build a sense of embeddedness in society and group;

- Encourage participants to act together and restore / revive some traditions and past activities, adapting them to current conditions, to halt climate degradation and build stronger social ties;

- Help to keep traditions and old activities alive and serve society in new conditions

- Use of recycled materials, exchange information on traditional and new ways of circularity

- Assist in the implementation / promotion of the EUSBSR, the European Green Deal and SDGs and make participants aware of the macroregional approach to finding common solutions;

- Project participants follow a circular approach and learn about traditional and more innovative ways of healthy, sustainable life - they will be better prepared to further adapt and share green / digital tools;

- Encourage participants to act together and restore / revive some traditions and past activities, adapting them to current conditions, to halt climate degradation and build stronger social ties;

- To show how art, culture, cultural interventions can help to respond to the contemporary challenges of the climate crisis, social unrest, digitization, deterioration of mental health, sense of security and belonging;

- Sensitize participants to stop environmental degradation and stop negative changes - participants will learn that many traditional habits (especially those related to the circular economy, less consumption, living closer to nature and in harmony with it) can be revived to improve the situation;

- Creation of new formats for expressing the intangible cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea;

- By exploring traditions, crafts, and ways of spending time together, the project aims to reinvent and redefine common 'Baltic' traditions and approaches;

- By exchanging information and finding common / new practices and cultural approaches, the project aims to raise awareness of the common Baltic heritage;

- The project aims to strengthen the contemporary identity of the BSR and introduce "Balticness" to rural areas

The project will implement its last activities in Gdańsk in September 2022 during the final conference.

"Slavic" - a meeting of creative women of the Creative Waves project

May 7th, the first online meeting of the participants of the Creative Waves project was held. Despite virtual reality, there was a lively discussion about what happened as part of the project activities in each of the participating countries.

A leader from Sweden, Ms Iwona Preis from Intercult Productions, introduced the participants to the main goals and assumptions of the project, and also told what happened in Sweden as part of the project. It introduced creative women along with their achievements. The benefits for them include, first of all, expanding the group of creative women, promoting culture, cultivating the heritage in the form of creating artistic products, combining styles and the possibility to broaden their knowledge on the use of recycled materials for artistic purposes.

The Pomeranian partner of the project - the Baltic Sea Cultural Center in Gdańsk involved the Kwidzyn Cultural Center in the implementation of the project and its activities were shown during the webinar. Two ethnic groups and their traditional works are widely known in the Pomeranian Voivodeship - they are Kashubs and Kociewiacy. The third group living in Powiśle, with their traditional white embroidery, is not yet well-known. Therefore, NCK decided to invite creative women from this area to the project.

Thanks to the project, creative women from Powiśle promote white embroidery as part of the cultural heritage of Powiśle, gain more systemic knowledge about the cultural heritage of Powiśle, so that they can promote it more effectively, create a template for Powiśle embroidery, transfer Powiśle embroidery into the digital language thanks to a specially created application, constantly broaden the group of people interested in this form of artistic handicraft. By participating in design workshops, they develop their skills and spend time together in a more creative way.

Two types of workshops were presented:

A. Workshops during which the participants got to know the secrets of the white embroidery of the Vistula region, which is the cultural heritage of Powiśle (Pomerania);

B. Workshops on new media - digital tools, including the designed application, thanks to which it will be possible to collect information about the post-Vistula cultural heritage, its promotion and support for its cultural and economic use.

One of the results of the project is also establishing cooperation with the Ethnography Department of the National Museum in Gdańsk, as well as the Ethnographic Museum in Toruń and the Museum of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. Thanks to this cooperation, it will be possible to conduct professional research on post-Vistula embroidery, and then its digitization.

The webinar was prepared by Krystyna Wróblewska representing the Baltic Euroregion.

We encourage you to visit the partners' websites and visit them on social media, where the current information related to the project appears.

Intercult

Nadbałtyckie Centrum Kultury w Gdańsku

ABOUT HERITAGE AND TECHNOLOGY MEETINGS - a bunch of information about the women's project

Craft and digital language, tradition and new technologies - the international project "Creative Waves" combines and tames them, working to increase the visibility of creative women. The project included a webinar about how to combine cultural heritage with new technologies. We invite you to watch the recording of the speeches of two renowned speakers: Dr. Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka (independent critic and curator of design, co-author of the curriculum at the School of Form, SWPS) and Dr. Lissy Halloway-Attaway (associate professor of Media Art, Aesthetics and Narration at the University of Skovde in Sweden).

The aim of "Creative Waves" is to create a physical and virtual space where creative women can meet and exchange experiences, thus building strength and gaining self-confidence. Our activities are directed primarily to women whose interests are related to the sphere of tradition and craftsmanship.

During the webinar, which took place on February 28, we presented the project and the partners involved in it, but the most important were the speeches of the invited speakers. Agnieszka Cielecka-Jacobson and Lissa Holloway-Attaway talked about combining heritage, especially intangible heritage, with new technologies from the perspective of current trends and scientific research. They illustrated their speeches with specific examples of activities and projects from different parts of the world. We invite you to read the transcript of both presentations, which are available in English:

dr Agnieszka Cielecka-Jacobson: link

dr Lissa Holloway-Attaway: link

Below you will find a summary of the most important theses that appeared in the presentations of the experts.

The most important theses of the speech entitled "Crafts as a creation process":

- lamp PET project: lamps made of PET bottles by local people in different parts of the planet. Local women recycle their waste using traditional artisanal methods and patterns, keeping them busy and earning money. As a result, activities become more entrepreneurial and gain more confidence as their products gain popularity.

- teaching robots traditional handcraft - Teaching robots of traditional craftsmanship - weaving socks, embroidering, weaving baskets - results in bringing old traditions and crafts back to life and a better understanding of materials.

The purpose of technology is not to replace the work of artisans - but to support it.

The most important theses of the speech entitled "Creating and telling interactive stories and games for cultural heritage and cultural heritage":

Pełen zapis webinaru dostępny jest w języku angielskim na platformie YouTube: link

Once again, we would like to thank all participants for the time spent together and an interesting discussion!

Project partners: Baltic Sea Cultural Center in Gdańsk (Poland), Euroregion Bałtyk, Estonian Women Studies and Research Center ENUT (research unit; Estonia).

Project leader: Intercult Productions (Sweden). The project received funding from the Council of the Baltic Sea States Project Support Facility.