SMART CRAFT STUDIO in Hida, Japan 2017 – Animating Craft

Smart Craft Studio is a 3-week intensive design prototyping program happening annually at Fabcafe Hida. The goal of this program is to integrate traditional Japanese woodworking techniques with smart and human-centered technology. The topic for the Smart Craft Studio 2017 is “Animating Craft”.

Reports WED, FEB 15, 2017 - FRI, MAR 31, 2017

Training camp overview

Smart Craft Studio is a 3-week intensive design prototyping camp held every year at Fabcafe Hida. This camp aims to integrate traditional Japanese woodworking technology with smart human-centered technology. This year's theme is “Animating Craft”.

This year's studio will explore innovative ways to create meaningful relationships between humans and artifacts through woodwork, sensory processing, and cognitive AI (artificial intelligence) from an art and design perspective. Participating students thoroughly learn the basics of forestry, learn from local craftsmen the traditional Hida traditional timber technology, and prototyping methods using open source and modular IoT (Internet of Things) hardware And experiment with a new kind of AI that creates new user insights from raw sensory data.

The Smart Craft Studio team works with global designers and design technologists to create technology workshops for artists and designers. The goal is to minimize the technical hurdles and allow artists and designers to get into the creative process faster and more smoothly. The project is driven by a motivated learning environment and experienced technical instructors, detailed guidance and guidance, pre-programmed code templates, modular IoT prototyping tools, and on-site technical staff.

Students are divided into teams to create prototypes, and each team presents a functional prototype on the last day of the three-week camp.

The studio consists of teams from different fields such as fashion, product design, interactive media and architecture. The training camp is mainly conducted in English, with interpretation from Japanese.

Nishino sawmill in Hida Furukawa, which boasts No. 1 broad-leaved tree species in Gifu Prefecture. Here you will learn the characteristics and processing methods of wood.
Kumiki is a traditional building technique that has been passed down in Japan since ancient times. A long time ago, Hida's craftsman went up to Kyoto and built temples and shrines.
Students learn about kumiki and build a prototyping concept.
A wall joint is a kind of kumiki. A Japanese creator who learned the functionality of kumiki made this prototype. This work is useful for daily life in combination with 3D printing.
A table using Kumiki technology and Hida hardwood on the legs.

Visit Hida's craftsmanship and learn about the work.
A compression cedar laboratory used for furniture.
Through the flower arrangement workshop, you can feel the Japanese aesthetics found in the philosophy of “wabisabi”.

This year, IoT and AI will be used to create a meaningful relationship between humans and artifacts from the viewpoint of art and design.

Prototyping at Smart Craft Studio in 2016

Prototype made at Smart Craft Studio opened in 2016

About Hida

Hida is located in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture and is known for its traditional timber technology, furniture industry and forestry. It is also famous for its scenic villages, traditional crafts, local cuisine and natural environment.

The town of Hida Furukawa

Hida Forest. Hida is a rich forest with 93% of the area, 70% of which is abundant natural hardwood. At present, there are not many natural hardwood forests left. Hardwoods create a healthy environment and ingredients by producing rich land and clean water.

Living in Hida
FabCafe Hida

Application period

The application period for this training camp is from February 15, 2017 to March 31, 2017. The deadline is March 31 Eastern Standard Time 24:00 (March 31 Taiwan Standard Time 13:00).

The application form submitted by March 19 of the initial deadline will be reviewed by the committee members and the results will be emailed by early April.

Applications submitted by March 31 will be reviewed by mid-April and the results will be notified by email.

Training camp period: May 28, 2017-June 19, 2017

Camp fee: US $ 3,450

Hida camp tuition, accommodation, woodworking machine insurance, and wood used for prototype materials are included in the camp fee.

Please note that transportation costs (such as air tickets and local transportation) are not included in the camp fee.

** For meals during the training camp, participants can use the optional meal plan at an additional charge.


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Bears dance in the forest of folds




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