The Digital Craft Toolkit is part of the British Council’s Crafting Futures project, aimed to expand crafting business learning opportunities via an online platform. Artists, designers, entrepreneurs or craft students can freely access the toolkit. Modules are available in English and Bahasa Melayu, covering a variety of lessons such as setting business goals, overall business planning, creating design concepts, developing products, sales and marketing, budget management and sustainability. These modules have been developed by Applied Arts Scotland, a non-profit organisation operating in Scotland’s craft industry.
Since its development, British Council Malaysia and Thailand collaborated with Applied Arts Scotland to deliver a training session for 20 craft educators of Institut Kraf Negara. Following the training, the Digital Craft Toolkit was incepted into the institute’s entrepreneurial syllabus which went on to benefit final year students since 2021.
In 2022, British Council Malaysia awarded three grants to adapt and share the Digital Craft Toolkit under the Crafting Futures programme to support Sarawak artisans and craft makers in developing their craft practice and business. Read about our grantees’ projects below.