Crafted Systems is a wonderful example of a creative project that promotes the art of handicraft and supports local manufacturing through community partnership in Portland, Oregon. By collaborating with the YWCA women’s shelter to create custom-designed felt pieces, Crafted Systems becomes an empowering platform for women-in-transition to develop real-world skills that they can also take pleasure in. The felt vessels are a few of the various products of that collective effort, woven from 100% natural wool felt which are waterjet, diecut, and later hand-assembled.
Industrial designer and founder of Crafted Systems, Aurelie Tu, came up with a series of geometrical ‘modules’ woven together by overlapping the edges to produce the felt vessels. Each basket is unique in texture and dimension due to the hand-crafted quality, and never the smooth and perfectly-chiseled products you get from mass-manufacturing processes.
The bowls, baskets and other products are available for purchase online at Crafted Systems.
Huge thanks to Aurelie Tu for the lovely images!
small felt diamond bowls
‘teardrop’ felt vases
crafting at the YWCA