Today I thought I would share a little of my craft-travel wisdom with y’all. For those, like me, interested in crafts and travelling there are several great opportunities available to combine the two.
The Raku Garden – Brac, Croatia
Maybe, like me, you have been watching the BBC’s Pottery Throwdown and were inspired by the Raku challenge. Well here’s your opportunity to try it out yourself! Join Julie and Tim on a beautiful Croatian island to experiment with this exciting ceramics technique. I spent a week on the island of Brac last year so I can attest to its beauty and I’m sure it would make a great place to get creative.
From a weekend of knitting in Yorkshire to a fortnight exploring the textiles of South Africa or India – Stitchtopia has it all! As the name suggests these holidays are a real utopia for all you stitch lovers including knitting, crocheting, quilting embroidery and all things textiles.
Responsible Travel is a website dedicated to tours, holidays and excursions which invest locally, save water and energy, and protect local wildlife and culture. They have several craft related holiday options, but the one that particularly caught my eye was a holiday in the Highlands of Scotland learning about organic wool, natural dyes and felting techniques. Sign me up!
For a totally unique experience and craft-travel on a budget, check out these websites.They offer free accommodation, food and cultural exchange in return for 4-5 hours work a day (can be more, or less, depending on the host) all over the world. Alongside farms and family-run accommodation businesses several makers are listed.
Searching using keywords such as ‘ceramics’ or ‘weaving’ in the websites’ host lists will unearth some amazing opportunities to live and work with makers. You can help a ceramicist in the Netherlands, learn about natural leather tanning in Austria or join a weaving project in Portugal. Not all helpers offer hands-on experience with their craft (some require help around the house or garden or looking after children), so be sure to read the profiles carefully.
Whether you are an experienced maker or a total novice, looking for a short break or longer learning experience, there is plenty on offer here!
Last year I spent two weeks in Slovenia with a couple who grow herbs and berries and collect wild flowers to make various teas, herbal salts etc. You can read more about my crafty adventures in Slovenia here, here and here. And finally, here a few photos from my HelpX experience in Slovenia to inspire your craft-travel: