This is a story told all too often. Technology is always changing, which leaves professionals with two options: to pursue the leading edge or fall victim to the cutting edge. They may start their careers out on the leading edge, but after years of having the same experiences over and over, the customer landscape has changed so much that their skills and expertise are often no longer relevant. Many companies do not give their people the opportunity to grow and develop skills and keep them on the leading edge. Too many merely learn the technology. Few understand the trade. Pushed aside to make way for more innovative, younger, hungrier novices, these hard-working professionals are essentially forced out of their jobs. We, at Artisans Collaborative, believe that we have found a better way.
We forged Artisans Collaborative on the belief that our purpose is to perpetuate trade secrets and artisan methods. We help artisans innovate well past the cutting edge by providing an environment that prioritizes knowledge sharing and a holistic view of the modern tradesperson. Artisans Collaborative values shared experience and desires to transfer the wisdom, years in the making, from one artisan to the next – master to apprentice. We want dedicated, passionate professionals to find a career path with us and make this job the last job they will ever need. We can do this by providing an environment, support, and focused mentorship that encourages continual, rapid learning and holistic professional development.
Artisans Collaborative operates as a lifestyle business for anyone willing to dedicate themselves to the relentless pursuit of quality in their respective trade. We are cultivating a culture where the apprentice can draw on deep knowledge from the combined experiences of our artisans. Our multi-year process of preparing apprentices under the careful guidance of an artisan is a radical approach to bringing up the next generation of designers, programmers, consultants, and entrepreneurs. When they reach the level of an associate artisan, they are set up to challenge their thinking, learn new skills on their own, and hone their individual craft. Associates and artisans alike have access to our entire team of collaborators and artisan advisors, which allows them to do more together than they could ever accomplish on their own. Only by immersion into this artisan lifestyle can apprentices and associates learn to improve their skills and remain on the leading edge. As leaders in the industry, these associates bring their knowledge and experiences full circle by taking on the role of an artisan, which includes training apprentices of their own.
Our approach is nothing new. In fact, these principles are rooted in the age-old practice of apprenticeship, which brought us some of the greatest minds in history. The artisan method is rather simple: subject matter experts and artisans with years of deep understanding and rich experience teach the skills of the trade to fellow associate and apprentice artisans. This model works especially well in the technology industry, where those who can teach themselves survive and those who have focused mentorship thrive.
Artisans Collaborative extends this brand as an agency to fellow artisans. We are an agency built by artisans exclusively for artisans. This special purpose model allows consultants and service companies to work together to build meaningful solutions for their customer’s business, design, and technical challenges. Customers enjoy the unified and consistent experience that the agency provides while the artisans who do the work can trust that the business interests of the agency are aligned with their own. Artisans Collaborative employs an advisory group to identify, select, and train like-minded collaborators who are just as dedicated to their chosen profession as we are and empowers them with our functional brand to do their most creative work every day. Every member company has a minimum of three years of established business experience, and every consultant has a minimum two years of independent consulting experience. Artisans Collaborative is a service company that can operate as an agency with a functional brand expressly organized for the purpose of facilitating the collaboration between independent artisans and the customer they serve.
We open our doors to all artisans – not only those in the visual arts sector. We believe that if you are providing a skilled service or creating quality products, then you should embrace the artisan name. We want to collaborate with experts across the entire spectrum of the modern workplace. Our artisans include software engineers, web developers, graphic artists, user experience designers, content writers, strategists, marketers, and entrepreneurs. Our vision is to provide long-term career opportunities to artisans by engaging them with challenging projects and encouraging them to do their most creative work every day. Our patrons are our customers, and they deserve the craftsmanship that only an artisan can provide.
Artisans Collaborative is where the artisans go to work.