JULY 15- AUG 2ND, 2019. Lisbon, portugal

portuguese basket technology summer camp


The Summer Camp is an initiative of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture in partnership with the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship.

This summer camp is a 3 week intensive workshop taking place at the Popular Art Museum (MAP) in Lisbon, Portugal. Design, architecture and craft students are invited to explore five Portuguese basket weaving methods and co-create a series of new pieces with 5 Portuguese master craftsmen guided by design mentors.

The objective is to push the boundaries of what these techniques can be used for in the twenty first century in a beautiful, intelligent and compelling way.

The Summer Camp will be held prior to the opening of Um Cento de Cestos exhibition on Portuguese Basket technology at the Museu de Arte Popular Lisbon in October 2019. The Summer Camp outcomes will be included in this exhibition. 



To bring innovation to basketry craft by uniting young people, basketry craftsmen and design mentors. The structure of the Summer Camp fosters the development of collaborative creative proposals by taking advantage of the aesthetical as well as functional characteristics of the following Portuguese basketry materials: Bunho (Tule) , Bracejo, Junça, Palma (Palm) and Vime (wicker).


It is important to acknowledge that craftsmen are creative collaborators and teachers. They are experts and are involved in the creative process with the students. This is an opportunity for both students and craftsmen to dive into an informed collaborative experimentation.

Craftsmen and students will be guided throughout the summer camp by the design team who are also there to guarantee goals of excellence are achieved.


Students have the opportunity to learn from craftsmen and design mentors, practice a collaborative design process and explore a series of techniques that will enrich the development of their practice. Craftsmen and students will be able to look at their practice from different perspectives and absorb a wide range of inspirations, explorations and new experiences.

The final outcome is a series of completed exhibition quality pieces.


Ministério da Cultura, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, Museu de Arte Popular/Museu de Etnologia, Passa Ao Futuro, The Home Project


All programming to be held at Museu de Arte Popular in Lisbon