Thematic Sessions

Each edition of the Making Futures journal brings together a spectrum of peer-reviewed and selected speaker responses to the IV edition ‘Making Futures: Return of the Maker…’ headline theme.

These contributions are organised through the three Research Workshops, the Digital Crafting Panel, and six Thematic Sessions to which they correspond as downloadable PDF papers with authors appearing in alphabetical order.

1. Local-global translations and dialogues...

This session will examine the tensions and flows expressed in craft making and craft artifacts in the supposedly ‘post-colonial’ contexts of contemporary global capitalism and its possible futures.

Annels, Ross

Memory keepers, map makers, and material thinkers: the sustained offerings of craft objects

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Chotirantanapinun, Treechada

The emergence and existence of sustainable craft practices: Case studies from Indonesia and Thailand

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Fahey, Richard

“Colonial Shino”: A case study of cultural importation translation & transaction

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Hark, Mary

Developing a Hand Papermaking Cottage Industry in the Greater Ashanti Region of Ghana: A convergence of craft, art, and environmental conservation

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Ionascu, Adriana

Urban Globalism versus Rural Artisans: Sustainable Practices of Making

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Kingsley, Susan

Ethical Metalsmiths: Jewellers for Social and Environmental Responsibility

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Ladd, Katherine

“My Skill is Exhausted”: issues of authenticity and sustainability in the revival of West African strip weaving

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Na, Yuri

‘Well-Being’ beyond ‘Well-Made’

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Rhodes, Sarah

Designing for Social Change: How Can Collaborations Between Western Designers and African Grassroots Crafts Projects be Most Successful?

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Scott, Kirsten

Straw Into Gold: A Role for Craft in Fashion and Development

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Sisman, Osman

Fate of Turkish Traditional Crafts: A Case of Economic, Legal and Political Marginalisation

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2. Socio-technological and material discourses

This session will examine the relationship of craft practices to ‘post-industrial’ modes of design, making, marketing and consumption along with emerging reactions to mass production, de-skilling and consumption, (i.e., in ‘slow design’, the cult of the ‘imperfect' and 'amateurism').

Bunnell, Katie

Developments in post industrial manufacturing systems and the implications for craft and sustainability

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Collet, Carole

Suicidal Textiles: A Nobel Textiles Project

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Da Costa, Carlos

Crafting a tooling idea into a new domestic landscape re.visited

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Hankey, Ian

A new type of glass furnace. A sustainable future for a threatened creative industry

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Howes, Emily

Make Your Own Ark: Indie craft's sustainable imperative

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McDonald, Andy

BeastiesLAB: A Case Study on the Co-Creation of Digitally Printed Textile Products

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Niedderer, Kristina

Sustainability of the Crafts as a Discipline?

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Pitman, Lois

Designer/Makers are Key to Sustainable Textile Development

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Shercliff, Emma

A Poetics of Waste: evaluating time and effort spent sewing

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Somme, Yuli

New Uses for Wool

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Walker, Fergus

Long Memories and Forgotten Designers: Wooden boat building and the contribution of the craftsperson’s tradition to design for sustainability

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3. Critical perspectives on post-industrial futures

This session will examine the relationship of craft practices to ‘post-industrial’ modes of design, making, marketing and consumption along with emerging reactions to mass production, de-skilling and consumption, (i.e., in ‘slow design’, the cult of the ‘imperfect' and 'amateurism').

Hughes, Peter

Towards a post-consumer subjectivity: a future for the crafts in the twenty first century?

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Loveday-Edwards, Mary

Craft and the Triple Bottom Line

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Oakley, Peter

Does Contemporary Craft Carry a Social Deficit? An analysis through comparison with related creative practices

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Van Koten, Hamid

Making Futures: the crafts in the contexts of emerging global sustainability agendas

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4. Responses, redefinitions & repositionings

This session will explore some of the ways in which craft practitioners are imaginatively responding to public dialogues around sustainability issues, especially through the “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” rubric.

Brook, Isis

Craft skills and their role in healing ourselves and the world

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Oseng, Tyra

Physical and Aesthetic Properties of Fused Recycled Bottle Glass

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Savageau, Ann

Bags Across the Globe: Bagging the Waste for a Sustainable Future

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Tam, Roy

Furniture for LIFE. Can Craft be a model for industry? A practice-based presentation of Trannon’s eco-design workshop

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This session will explore social equity and environmental sustainability in the context of crafts education and curriculum design.

Boyes, Alma

Sustaining Craft Practice by Teaching and Learning through Live

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Fraser, Simon

Only Connect*, 21st century cultural practice, thinking and making across continents. (*Forster E. M. Howards End, Edward Arnold, London 1910)

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Jones, David

The Concept of Permanence in the Crafts and its contribution to a sustainable future

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Walker, Ruth

A Sustainable Education of Craft in the UK: The University of Huddersfield

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Wright, Elizabeth

Endangered Subjects, Crafting Sustainable Minds from Practice Based Education

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