Hamza El Fasiki
Hamza is a multidisciplinary craftsman, social entrepreneur and author from Morocco who is based between Fes and Portsmouth, England. He comes from a long line of craftsmen and craftswomen and apprenticed under his father, a master artisan who for many years was the head of the brass guild in Fes.
In 2014 Hamza received his Master’s in Moroccan Cultural Studies with a research focus on Moroccan craft guilds and entrepreneurship. He is an Andalusian musician, a skilled artisan of Moroccan geometric patterns, brass engraving and bookbinding and is the author of two books and other academic works. Hamza has professional experience as a trainer, facilitator and consultant in both traditional arts and social entrepreneurship in Morocco, USA, UK, Australia and many other countries.
Hamza has an unmatched passion for Moroccan culture, architecture and artisanship. Upon the realisation that the connection with the old crafts in Morocco was declining, he formulated his mission, which is to bring the traditional knowledge to the masses through learning, sharing, and inviting both locals and foreigners to take part in unique exchanges. He is the founder and instructor of Craft Draft, an art studio with offices in Portsmouth and Fes, offering workshops aimed at preserving a number of traditional Moroccan crafts.