Handwerk + Form 2018
Werkraum revitalizes local tradition and industry of rural Austria
Handwerk + Form (Crafts + Form) is one of the most important activities of Werkraum Bregenzerwald taking place in the very west of Austria, in the state of Vorarlberg.
It is a competition uniting local craftsmen with international designers and architects. The competition originated in 1991, when the Craft and Trade Association of the community of Andelsbuch in Bregenzerwald celebrated its bicentennial anniversary. It was so successful that what was a single jubilee event became a triennial tradition since 2000 with Werkraum Bregenzerwald as the organizer.
The exhibition Handwerk + Form following the competition shows all submitted works in various locations within the community of Andelsbuch. Old workshops (a bakery, a blacksmith’s foundry, a sawmill, a butcher’s shop and barns) are adopted as exhibition spaces. The ambiance of the old buildings adds an interesting light to the modern exhibition, reminding the visitors of a long craftsman’s tradition in Bregenzerwald. Visitors can stroll from one location to another, with time for reflection and discussion. Works designed for outside use are exhibited along the way. Simultaneous to the exhibition a journal is published documenting all works.
Handwerk + Form not only serves to revitalize the local tradition and industry but also has the potential of becoming an impetus for modern designers.
Werkraum Bregenzerwald is a craft and trade association established in 1999, uniting craftsmen of different guilds, promoting cooperation and exchange of ideas. Today, it consists of 91 members representing different crafts and trades such as carpentry, cabinet making, metal work, plumbing, electrical engineering, upholstery, construction, clothing, shoemaking, goldsmith and other service sectors. Most workshops are small enterprises with fewer than 10 employees. The association is run by a headquarter with a CEO and a board of 7 directors – all of them owners of crafts enterprises, representing the different branches and subregions.
Exhibition and round trip
13/14 and 18/19/20/21 October 2018, Andelsbuch, 10am – 6pm