|29th IBIMA Conference
3 - 4 May 2017
Craftship – A Future Profitable Business?
paper has the main point focused on the issue of sustaining the
craftsmen and on the future developments of the financial investments
on their field of work viewed at the level of Belgium’ economy. The
questions which can arise from this study are the following: Can you
support yourself and make a decent living while working in the crafts
field? Does the promotion of the traditions, arts and crafts of one
country is sufficient to raise the awareness of the tourism field?
This article presents a qualitative research in which the technique of the in-depth interview was used on the craftsmen from Bruges, Belgium. This study has the main purpose of emphasizing the characteristics and the difficulties of the activity in the crafting field.
The field research done on this study case describes the vision of the artisans about their work. The aspects of transmitting the craft through oral history, the socio-cultural and economic views and the knowledge of the craft passed from and to a relative are the most important when it comes to the preservation of tradition and to sustainable development in areas related to the field of crafting.
To begin with a review of the literature on craftsman, continuing with the methodological aspects of the innovative research processes that went into the development of both the ceramic work itself as well as the academic reflections upon it. Afterwards a practical analyze through a detailed exploration of an artistic engagement with tourism and souvenirs.