Handmade Creative Thinking



Welcome to Handmade Creative Thinking (HTC). This was a two-year project, funded through the European Union’s Life Long Learning Program under the Leonardo “Transfer Of Innovation” program. It officially started on the 1st of October 2009 and was completed on the 30th of September 2011.

As part of the HCT project over 60 people took part in focus group activities in the three participating countries. The aim of the focus groups was to help the partners get a clearer picture of how exactly the target groups of the project, craftspeople and other SMEs, VET trainers and apprentices perceive creative thinking, and to find out how thinking tools and other resources could be of use to them.



To develop and implement a creative thinking tool for professionals, Vocational & Educational Trainers (VET), apprentices and students in the creative industries sector (from 16 – 65 years).
The final product will be available as an accessible on line tool and guidelines in paper format.

Objectives of HCT:

  • To identify the learning needs of people working or training to work in the creative industries sector.
  • To provide a VET teaching tool/module that is applicable in the creative industries training sector.
  • Create a tool that is transferable to different geographical contexts, which responds to the local needs identified.
  • To actively involve the target.


The Project


As the labor markets become more specialized and economies demand higher levels of skill, the ability to adapt and innovate is essential, especially in grassroots industries and sectors that contribute to the local economy.

The craft industries are economically and culturally important as they retain local, regional and national traditions whilst employing local primary materials and local labor. However craft industries are currently facing a number of challenges due to labor market fluctuations, the lack of skilled workers and fierce competition.

The Handmade Creative Thinking (HCT) project is responding to some of these challenges by providing a new method for thinking creatively which is tailor made for the needs of the traditional and contemporary crafts industries.

HCT is a trans national project funded by the European Union, it is part of the Leonardo da Vinci program (Transfer Of Innovation). It is being developed in Italy the UK and Malta.

What is a Transfer of Innovation?

A Transfer of Innovation is taking a successful tool or methodology from one sector and moving into other sectors, across target groups and between countries.

In HCT we will be transferring The Capture System, a unique educational program that increases creative thinking and has been developed in the UK by Capture Arts. We will adapt the existing tool and transfer the modified version into the creative industries sector in Malta, Italy and the UK.

We are specifically targeting:

  • VET tutors and students.
  • Apprentices
  • SME’s
  • Creative professionals

How will the innovation be transferred?

  • Geographical: from UK to Italy (Bologna and Palermo) and Malta. Nonetheless, the new product will be also tested in UK.
  • Sectoral: from the pre-primary educational sector to the craft field, including apprentices, workers of SMEs and VET learners.
  • Intergenerational: from children to young people and adults from 16 to 65 years old.

The consortium is composed of:

  • CESIE (Italy): has experience working in EU projects and will lead the management tasks.
  • Capture Arts (UK): developed “The Capture System” and have great experience in the application of creative thinking with different targets.
  • EuroMed Connect (Malta): have also worked with creative thinking, EU projects – in particular dissemination- as well as with SMEs and VET systems.
  • Seneca (Italy) is an Italian professional training body who specializes in Vocational Training opportunities for a variety of stakeholders.



The Capture System

The Capture System is very effective with individuals of any age and ability, in large or small group settings and is transferable across many areas of the curriculum. It is structured to enable participants to generate ideas and specifically creates space and time for the exploration of possibilities through innovative thinking and creative activities.

Our workshops create an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation and are a perfect way to introduce and gather information during any process where collaboration is essential.

The main characteristics of the Capture System:

  •   Use of effective thinking tools to explore complex issues
  •   Collating of facts and information through parallel thinking
  •   Innovation and problem solving through creative and practical tasks
  •   Enables groups or individuals to move forward ideas in a relaxed way
  •   Creates a sense of ownership and a sense of place for participants
  •   Produce visionary concepts and concrete innovative solutions

Our experience shows that the Capture System produces outstanding and well-informed results in a relatively short time span. Our projects are tailor made for each client and we approach any commission in a thoughtful and considered way. Capture can be employed to engage with the different stakeholders during any stage of a project to get the broadest and most in-depth responses from them.

What our workshops achieved:

  •   A common ground for stakeholders/participants
  •   Allow effective communication to flourish
  •   Generate excitement of being part of a process or project
  •   Build confidence and ability
  •   Strengthen co operation between different stakeholders/participants
  •   Build on existing links
  •   Develop creative ideas and encourage direction
  •   Increase skill and activity
  •   Take a fresh look at options through exploration.
  •   Enable participants to use new methods of thinking that they can transfer to other areas of learning
  •   Encourage sustained shared thinking