Urban Crafts Award 2016

With only a crochet hook and a ball of thread Cathy Bertel from Courtray won the Urban Crafts Award 2016. The jury was impressed by her creativity, passion and entrepreneurship.

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Gigantic balls that hangs in trees, caterpillar swings, dragons and rafts are just a some of Cathy’s crochet arts that found their place at festivals, parks and several events. Both children and adults are really enthusiastic about her creations. Her out of control hobby became a business of it own, Den Draad (the thread) a name well fit. In the future Cathy also wants to design and develop seats. She is open to cooperate with other crafters or everyone who is interested. With this prestigious award Cathy got a ticket for Maker Faire 2017. A huge invention, creativity and innovation festival in New York and San Francisco where makers all over the world display their products and share their expertise.

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Gigantic balls that hangs in trees, caterpillar swings, dragons and rafts are just a some of Cathy’s crochet arts that found their place at festivals, parks and several events. Both children and adults are really enthusiastic about her creations. Her out of control hobby became a business of it own, Den Draad (the thread) a name well fit. In the future Cathy also wants to design and develop seats. She is open to cooperate with other crafters or everyone who is interested. With this prestigious award Cathy got a ticket for Maker Faire 2017. A huge invention, creativity and innovation festival in New York and San Francisco where makers all over the world display their products and share their expertise.

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Wouter Doornaert who is also from Courtray was chosen by the jury as runner-up. This product developer with a passion for trees quit his own design agency and his teacher job at HOWEST. Since 2016 with the name Nester Wouter can call himself a certified arborist who also creates treehouses and tree showers. His tree showers were really popular this summer on several festivals. At the moment Nester is planning to build a tree cinema where you could watch a movie with your friends high up in a tree. In his tree library he keeps a healthy branch of every pruned or felled tree. That branch is later transformed into small tools. Nester’s mission is to show people the importance of trees.

Hello bank! saw in Julie Rousseau’s Paper Beast The Most Crowdfundable Project of Urban Crafts 2016. Cardboard is her primary material. She folds and transform them into animal masks. Her creations were already shown in shops and galleries. On top of that she also had several cooperations with artists from different disciplines. Through Hello crowd!, the crowdfunding platform of Hello bank!, she can take the first steps to develop a mask line under her own name.

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