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The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports artisans, artists and designers applying traditional skills and expertise to tomorrow’s world and to this end created the Skills Academy biennial programme.
The new biennial programme is dedicated to the transmission of artisan know-how and practice at the interface with other sectors such as design and engineering. As an experimental lab for new thinking in the field, the Academy’s programme focuses on knowledge-sharing for innovation, creativity and sustainability.
Every two years, the Foundation invites twenty artisans, designers and engineers to take part in public lectures and masterclasses, and a workshop (for participants only) devised by a leading guest designer.
Morning sessions for the first semester of 2014 are open to the public, offering an in-depth exploration of the world of wood: its history, symbolism and tools, its transformation in art and artisanship, its evolving skills and know-how, its limitations, future and innovative potential, its role as a sustainable resource, plus light-hearted definitions for the xylophile’s lexicon of love…
Free admission for the Academy’s morning sessions, one Saturday a month from January to June 2014. Prior booking only (for the full morning session) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 11 January 2014, Morning session 1 : The Basics: wood, design, craftsmanship and the engineering sciences
Saturday 8 February 2014, Morning session 2 : The Artisan Gesture: from traditional to digital tools
Saturday 8 March 2014, Morning session 3 : Materials and Techniques 1 – Contemporary woodwork revisited: New developments in the material and its techniques
Saturday 5 April 2014, Morning session 4 : Materials and Techniques 2 – Thinking about tomorrow: New developments in wood and wood-working techniques
Saturday 17 May 2014, Morning session 5 : Exploring constraints: sustainability in wood
Saturday 14 June 2014, Morning session 6 : A sensual material: What our senses tell us about wood
Under the supervision of Patrick Jouin, Guest designer and Skills Academy programme director.