Instead, Burks used the opportunity to create a collaborative process involving students in the design. His partnership proved transformative for Berea by broadening its scope and vision for student creativity and their relationship to craft.
“Today, student craft is no longer just a factory of student labor, as it had been for nearly 100 years, but is transitioning into an academic program producing open-ended products,” says Burks.
The result is the Crafting Diversity Collection, sold exclusively at DWR, which offers traditional Appalachian crafts interpreted in a modern way – for example, the Community Basket, fashioned from white oak bands joined together by sturdy aluminum links, or the striking Pixel table linens made of handwoven cotton.
The full proceeds from all sales of the Crafting Diversity Collection will benefit Berea College.