About

Association for the Promotion of Old Crafts and Culture “WICI” [aka WICI Association] is a non-profit association based in Poland. The main goal of “WICI” is to inform, educate and promote ​​handicrafts in society. We work to restore the value of craftsmanship and the use of crafts in modern industry, design, art and as a leisure time activity.

“WICI” Association was established in 2016 by a group of activists, educators, artists, researchers, craftsmen and craftswomen. What bonded us was the shared understanding of the value of old crafting techniques and the unique relationship between the maker and the object. Meet our team.

Our aim is to rediscover the past anew: to make the public aware of the time, skills and knowledge necessary to make a handmade product – to see and understand the differences between mass produced, and hand crafted and custom-made items. If crafts and handicrafts are appreciated on the market, the work of artisans becomes economically profitable as a full-fledged and sustainable source of income. Read our Education Strategy.

What we do

Projects in education and culture

Our aim is to rediscover the past anew: to make the public aware of the time, skills and knowledge necessary to make a handmade product – to see and understand the differences between mass produced, and hand crafted and custom-made items. If crafts and handicrafts are appreciated on the market, the work of artisans becomes economically profitable as a full-fledged and sustainable source of income. Read our Education Strategy.

Digital heritage

Our team consisting of managers, photographers and anthropologists offer advice on how to present and promote a cultural project online. We help organisations and institutions build their digital audience. We start with the diagnosis of needs, prepare a strategy and implement it with the use of digital media, film and photography.

Craft workshops

Crafting is why we established WICI! We offer workshops in old crafts (tablet weaving, naalbinding, embroidery, woodwork), eco, recycling and upcycling craft, individual sewing courses, relaxation and integration sessions with the use of creative activities. Our team has extended experience in workshop facilitation for institutions and festivals.

Partnerships

We engage in cross-sectoral and international cooperation with museums, public institutions, and ngos. We are active in Erasmus+ as applicants and project partners. We collaborate in projects concerning arts and crafts, non-formal education, nature education, sustainability and regional tourism.

Consultancy and trainings

We provide advice and trainings in soft skills, team building, volunteer management, audience building, organising festivals and community events, stimulating creativity and personal development. Contact us to customize your training program. We provide on-site and remote training.

Research and evaluation

Research is the most credible way to discover the needs of your target groups and increase the impact of your projects. We specialise in qualitative methods, e.g. interviews, digital ethnography, observations, study visits, and case studies. 
We teach small organisations basics of project evaluation.

Are you interested in cooperation? Get to know our projects or contact us!