From.zero intends to educate and empower through engagement and fulfillment. Tools︎︎︎, workshops︎︎︎, and products︎︎︎ invite differently skilled people into various steps of making in order to engage with and enjoy craftwork.
Automatization, digitalization, efficiency, accuracy and the deluded urgency of economic growth are shifting the vocational world and the notion of work and product value, at the cost of joy and the sense of work. Re-humanizing systems of production by questioning human engagement is of utmost importance. Processes of making need to be designed with the goal of openness and inclusion. The From.zero approach stresses how to provide tools and projects which guide openness, enabling participants and leaders with capacities to engage; to extend and re-discover capabilities in woodworking. Participants young, old, with or without disabilities actively engage in a process of constructing with basics, such as marking, sawing, and drilling. These skills can be practiced with guiding templates, enabling the development of a group project which brings value to their surroundings. This exercise proves the crucial importance of making engagement possible in order to see unexpected values and understand material, processes and human coexistence.
We have developed a system of making, open to adapt conscious consumption and challenge the global status quo, using local resources in terms of material, people and companies. This approach can be adapted in different professions outside woodwork, challenging capitalistic ideas and prevent the loss of sensual working activities and the exclusion of people.
“People are seen not only as carriers of needs but also of capabilities. Thus, they are not only part of the problem they find themselves facing but also actors in their solution.”
- Ezio Manzini