Defining Collections for We Make

In the full We Make platform that we’re preparing to launch, image posts can be discovered by craft (ceramics, woodworking, etc) and also by use type/environment. We’re calling this second grouping Collections.

To make the Collections taxonomy as helpful as possible we’re aiming to use easily recognizable terms and to keep the list short.

Here’s what we’re currently considering for the launch (revised 03/03):

  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Dining (or Kitchen & Dining)
  • Field & Garden
  • Furniture
  • Home & Living
  • Jewelry
  • Kitchen (or Kitchen & Dining)
  • Tools & Workshop

And, in the near future: Bath & Body; Play (or similar—includes toys, and instruments); Making Supplies.

It’s worth mentioning that, when posting, a maker can select multiple Collections for a single post. (You can also add individual tags to the post as a separate taxonomy.)

As a reference, our initial crafts list will probably be: Ceramics, Leathercraft, Metalworking, Textiles, Woodworking and Other. As we add more makers, we’ll identify sub-crafts such as Knitting and Weaving in Textiles, and we’ll also add other crafts.

Your Feedback

For now, we’re looking for answers to three questions:

1) As a maker, how do you feel about the way your work fits into these Collections? 

2) How do these groups honorably include (or not) other handcrafted objects that come to mind? 

3) Can you think of a different way of organizing Collections that might be helpful for us to consider?

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful responses!

*A note about Bath & Body: this collection will probably be added later since projects from the crafts we plan to launch with don’t usually fall under this category.

**A note about Jewelry/Jewellery: we’re including it here rather than as a craft because the materials and skills required are so varied that it’s difficult to identify it a single craft. Agree or disagree? Let us know.

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