menu

The Craft Swap: A Social Network That Lives Beyond The Digital Space

The Craft Swap: A Social Network That Lives Beyond The Digital Space
Advertising

Ayka Ito's Craft Swap offers a creative, tangible method for sharing ideas.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 6 may 2010

Big Spaceship’s Ayaka Ito recently posted to Big Spaceship Labs about The Craft Swap, a personal project she started and shared with a group of friends. The Craft Swap allowed each participant to create a craft within a month; the crafts were a reflection or interpretation of a selected theme, and were ultimately (snail) mailed by each participant to their designated recipient at the end of the month.

Ito explains;

It was simple. We gathered interested friends and colleagues. In early March, every participant received an email with the person they were to make the craft for, and their mailing address. Everyone was given one month to complete their craft, and had to send them out by April 1st.

The theme of this craft swap was “An answer to everyday crisis”. This was perfect because it was something everyone could relate to, and could easily be interpreted into whatever the crafter decided. This was meant to give everyone a direction to start from, but wasn’t required to strictly stick to.

What we love about Ito’s Craft Swap is its encouragement for participants to create something that was ultimately shared/swapped with others – a collaborative effort in which participants were able to enjoy someone else’s interpretation – and which resulted in something tangible that participants could look forward to sending and receiving at the end of the month. Ito’s group also seems to have consisted of designers and friends at other agencies, not just her own – we love that the collaboration crossed “competitive lines”. This is an old-school social network that lives beyond the digital space.

We’d love to see more groups like this coming together to allow participants a form of creative expression outside their day jobs – where participants can ultimately enjoy the fruits of each other’s labor tangibly.

Photos from Ito’s Craft Swap project are posted to this Flickr pool.

Big Spaceship Labs: “Creative Craft Swap Project”

Advertising
Trending

Volvo's Self-Driving Trucks Will Soon Be Put To Work In An Underground Mine

Automotive
Op-Ed Today

The Future Of The American Workforce Requires Unbundling College Education

President of JetBlue Technology Ventures: developing corporate education programs for non-traditional students

Retail Today

Gilt’s Pop-Up House Is The Kind Of Store You’ll Want To Live In

The New York City townhouse plays host to the latest in retail inspiration, curation, and lifestyle activation (and some libations, too)

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Advertising Today

The Hottest Chip In The World Comes Packed In A Coffin-Shaped Box

The individually wrapped snack is made from the spiciest known chili

Mobile Today

Registering To Vote Is Now Just A Text Away

A new bot aims to mobilize underrepresented groups this election season through SMS and Facebook Messenger

Related Expert

Amber Reimer

Interactive Print

Africa Today

Virtual Reality Game Gives Lessons About Emergency Birth Care

LIFE is a serious tool that takes advantage of new technology to help save lives

Luxury Today

Shoe Repair Has Moved Onto Your Phone

Cobbler Concierge is an on-demand service to get your footwear fixed online

Work Today

Microsoft Wants To Help Workers Better Communicate With Their Coworkers

Project Sonoma is a new app designed to help employees chat and coordinate shifts with their associates

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed september 28, 2016

Energy Expert: How American Consumers Are Taking Control Of Their Power Use

Jennifer Tuohy, green tech expert at The Home Depot, discusses green home technologies and developments for renewable technologies in US homes

PSFK Labs Yesterday

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Advertising Today

Real-Time Data Used To Calculate The Brand Power Of Athletes

Brandtix has develope a digital platform with a complex algorithm that combines social media variables with player performance to predict the next A-list pros

Automotive Yesterday

Toyota Is Using Sewage To Power Its New Electric Car

A new hydrogen-fueled vehicle is driven by what we flush away

Culture Yesterday

Catch A Concert On This Small Floating Island

A man-made archipelago in Italy is hosting music and art performances

Design & Architecture Yesterday

DIY Kit Lets You Build Your Own Wooden Bike, Boat Or Caravan

Woodenwidget says its detailed guides are suitable for beginners and experienced woodworkers alike

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Design Yesterday

Crash-Friendly Drone Made From LEGOs Is Completely Rebuildable

The clever device offers games, education and the uniquely rewarding experience of destroying your high-flying airship

Fitness / Sport Yesterday

Free Sneakers Given Out To Motivated Marathon Runners

Strava will give the shoes to athletes who run the second half of their race faster than the first

Culture Yesterday

Someone Invented A Robot Just To Serve Trays Of Beef Jerky

Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, in partnership with Chef's Cut Real Jerky, creates an automated snack delivery system

No search results found.