Flow-ScapeAn artisan-facilitator is concerned with creating and maintaining a participatory flow-scape, within which a mostly telic activity (distinct from an autotelic art process) can progress.
The understanding of flow is based on the Theory of Flow, as described by Csikszentmihalyi (1990).
Flow-scape, as a construct, is used for describing a complex, contiguous, and intensive artwork that is comprised of a relational creative space (Bourriaud, 2002), a participatory art & craft project, a skill-based creative process and some operational variables. It enables a participatory experience that is affiliated with terminologies describing shared flow experiences (Lucas, 2018). An artisan-facilitator is continuously and intensively working on the art & craft project, while allowing the students to join in and contribute for various periods of time. During those contact periods, she passes on skills. The project is continuous although the participants change.
The flow-scape is an artwork that is comprised of:
-An art & craft project and related equipment
-The artisan-facilitator's personal creative flow in relation to the project
-Actions of dynamic preparation that are inspiring, flexible and adaptable
-Logistics for maintaining the work environment
-Rhythm of structured and unstructured times
-Nurturing community awareness
The artisan-facilitator is the guardian of the flow-scape, including skills, tools and technical processes, sharing accountabilities only once the participants reach a level of competence. Meanwhile the participants need to respect the facilitator's sole control over the project. The facilitator may also apply the strategy of modelling to initiate engagement with the flow-scape, based on the understanding that flow can be partially 'contagious' (Culbertson, et al., 2014).