In Conserving Ecologies: craft and biodiversity, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Craft Scotland presented an exhibition that celebrated the natural marriage of craft and biodiversity.
From 11 December 2010 to 20 March 2011 at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, the exhibition highlighted the significance of both our plant and craft ecologies as something to be protected and celebrated. The exhibition was supported through funding awarded by Creative Scotland.
Ecology refers to the relationships between all organisms, including humans, and their environment. The word ecology is sometimes used to refer to lifestyles that consciously try to limit impact on the environment.
Biodiversity is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms. The biodiversity we see today is the fruit of billions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and, increasingly, by the influence of humans. The United Nations declared 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity.
Craft takes its origins from the word cræft meaning strength or skill. The many definitions of craft all refer to skill or proficiency in doing or making something by hand, or as ‘an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or skilled artistry.’
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