The Centre for Retrofitting and Failure Techniques. C.R.A.F.T.


qʷicčiƛma (the sky opened up) is how we translate this concept to nuučaańuł.

Printmaking Studio + Stage / Meeting Area

C.R.A.F.T. is renovating a studio to be equipped for screenprinting and letterpress. There will also be an outdoor stage and garden for performances and gatherings. We are exploring what it means to be a net-negative energy studio. We would like to invite people to come and work in these spaces.

Blockchain Study Group

C.R.A.F.T. studied the possibilities and pitfalls of web3 technology with a small diverse group through summer 2022. We wanted to know if these technologies have meaning to us in practice.

[ CENTRE ] To be a lightning rod and reference point in arts-based practice and research. To form, then document, current experimental practices.


[ RETROFITTING ] To activate the possibility of redoing, reworking, revisiting concepts and materials as a methodology for testing, building, making, and sustaining communities, practice and work.


[ FAILURE ] To approach risk with awareness, but without fearing unexpected results. To use openness, observation, and adaptation as a productive trajectory and test space into an unknown future.

[ TECHNIQUES ] To refine and integrate the practice of arts-based research, making and execution. To explore the [re]distribution of wealth through making-based practice. To be self-sustaining in this work. 

C.R.A.F.T. is buoyed by many individual and organizational supporters as we begin. We thank you and look forward to sharing the results of our collective vision soon.

C.R.A.F.T. is a B.C. Society located on Ahswinnis Reserve, Port Alberni, Canada.


Current board members are:

Klehwetua Rodney Sayers, co-founder and president
Emily Luce, co-founder and treasurer
{C.R.A.F.T. will be filling an open board seat in 2023.}