The site of today’s Raster gallery formerly housed the flagship store, studio and workshop of the ORNO Cooperative of Artistic Handiwork. Drawing upon this legacy, the remnants of which are still embedded in the façade, the gallery is hosting an exhibition devoted to the legacy of craftsmanship in Warsaw.
This year marks the second edition of Raster’s ORNO project, presenting traditional workshops still in operation in the gallery’s neighborhood, the South-Central district of Warsaw. Most of them are small family businesses, often founded on a historic tradition of offering services and products that meet the exacting standards of decades past. These establishments continue to disappear, year after year, in spite of the public’s growing interest in alternative methods of producing food and other goods outside of the industrial manufacturing sector. This is why we decided to create a neighborhood map of craft workshops.
The exhibition at Raster presents a selection of products and tools created and used by local craftsman, such as wire-rimmed glasses, shoes in various states of production, brushes of all sorts, gloves and much more. The show is accompanied by an annex devoted to the history of the ORNO cooperative.
Project made possible through the support of the Dzielnica Śródmieście of Warsaw