Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids
The founding principles to our work at The Craftsman & Apprentice are what we call "the Shop Model." When we first began to think about opening The Craftsman & Apprentice, my husband, Jon, and I would talk at length about what we love about being makers. Jon is a master stonemason who learned his trade over the course of many years as an apprentice. We would ask ourselves, "How do we know what we know?" and "How do we do our best work?" We also talked about all the things we've loved about being part of a creative community. When we boiled it all down, we realized that making things and learning how to make things with our hands is best done in community, in real-life proximity to other people all learning and creating together while we change and grow over time. We're meant to seek feedback, to collaborate, to learn from our elders. When we learn from one another, we all benefit. It's human nature to build upon the practices and innovations of others.
The Shop Model, then, is a set of working practices developed out of working in studio and workshop spaces as an artist and educator, as well as my own research on the history of handcraft. There are twelve working practices of the Shop Model. These practices aren't meant to be exhaustive or concrete. The importance or weight of each practice will vary depending on your child, their age, and your project or practice goals. These 12 practices are meant to serve as reminders of ways in which we can best collaborate and work as makers.