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. Sustainability Innovation & Activism

Will explore art, craft and design-to-make as facilitators of change within the context of environmental sustainability.


Binotto, Carla

Silk Purse, Sow’s Ear: Transforming Second-Hand Clothing into Luxury Fashion through Craft Practice

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Charnley, Kim

Contemporary Art, Craft and the Politics of Silence

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Gwilt, Aliston

What Prevents People Repairing Clothes? An investigation into community-based approaches to sustainable product service systems for clothing repair

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Hackney, Fiona

Taking CARE: Building Community Assets through Collaborative Creative-Making

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Harper, Alison

Sustainability, Innovation and Activism

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Johnston, Rachel

Making Stories

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Pennell, Ethan

The Doors of Perception: An enquiry into the spirit of place

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Truman, Jan

Dancing with Shadows – Searching for Light

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2. Social Innovation & Community Activism

Similar in many respects to ‘Sustainability Innovation & Activism’ above, this thematic will explore the contributions of art, craft and design-to-make to resilient relationship and community building and ethical processes of making and selling, including in relation to indigenous peoples and traditions.


Bamford, Roderick

Crafting the Void: Trans-Dimensionality in Digital and Analogue Craft Practice

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3. Craft in an Expanded Field

Sennett speaks of the craft of Linux programmers, and Crawford of motorcycle mechanics, while Glenn Adamson announces his concern to be more inclusive of practices beyond the historically categorised boxes of craft in a lecture entitled, ‘Goodbye Craft’. Certainly, it seems that a broader view of practice now represents an important and urgent dimension of our future understanding of the crafts in a sustainably aware late-Modern context.

4. The Post-Fordist Political Economy and Critical Perspectives on Consumerism:

What are the historically informed critical-cultural and economic perspectives that help define the position of the contemporary crafts in relation to the political economies of industrialisation in its Fordist and post-Fordist phases, and to a future in which environmental sustainability becomes a key (if not singularly the key) paradigm?


Attiwill, Suzie

Urban. Interior. Craft. A World in Making

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Curran, Fiona

Ecologies of the Object

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Fountain, Wendy

Resurgent Homecraft, Design for Resilience, and the Everyday Practices of Sustainable Living

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Hanson, Maria

What’s in My Stuff? How sustainable is the mobile phone?

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Javelle, Samuel

Makers: Hobbyists or a new economic driving force?

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Na, Yuri

Sustainable Luxury: Sustainable crafts in a redefined concept of luxury from contextual approach to case study

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Risner, Isabelle

Crafting Audience Encounters

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Wood, D

Futuring the C Word

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5. Translations & Dialogues Across Local-Global Divides

What are the tensions and flows expressed in craft making and craft consumption in the supposedly ‘post-colonial’ contexts of contemporary global capitalism and its possible futures?


Afonso, Ana

The Contribution of Anonymous Artefacts for the Development of Portuguese Design

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Amat, Gemma

Craft and Design in Local Development in Catalonia

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Brown, Ann

Neocolonialism in Design for Development

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Gent, Christine

Who Turns the Toys of Channapatna? Indian turned wooden lac ware and the role of Fair Trade in the design and commercialisation of the craft

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Hennlich, Andrew

Crafting Experience in the Work of Daniel Halter

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Kiyak Ingin, Asli

Made in Şişhane Project as an Alternative Design Practice for Safeguarding the Craft Neighbourhoods in Istanbul

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Patil, Koumudi

Language and the Shape of the Worldview

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Peach, Andrea

Contemporary Craft and Cultural Sustainability: A case study of the Scottish Craft Centre (1970–1990)

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Saad, Qassim

Exploring Models of Design Thinking in Egypt

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Schunemann, Esteban

Exploring Models of Design Thinking in Egypt

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6. Materials & Processes of Making – from Traditional Approaches to the Crafts of Advanced Technological Manufactures

Where does craft sit in relation to, on the one hand, the reinvention or repurposing of older technologies and materials, and new emerging materials and media on the other?

7. Re-conceptualising Craft Knowledge & Education

Most will agree that a better future is dependent on whether we can successfully educate our young to appreciate the importance of natural systems, the social structures dependent upon them, and how to live creatively, adapt and innovate, within a context of finite energy and material resources. Yet crafts education in the UK, despite the often-asserted value of learning through purposive engagement with materials, is now considered an ‘Endangered Subject’. How might this dire situation be addressed?


Chamithri, Greru

Makers in the Classroom: Knowledge exchange through practice

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Felmingham, Stephen

Putting it into practice: Bridging the gap between learning and doing

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Houghton, Nicholas

Making a Difference: Sustainability in the arts curriculum

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Loveday-Edwards, Mary

The academic dimension in craft education: Anomaly or opportunity?

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McPeake, Khrystyna

Building Crafts in the Built Environment

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Melson, Susan

Craft and Affective Domains of Meaning Making: Engaging Hand, Head and Heart for Transformative Sustainability Learning

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Stevenson, Frances

A Craft State of Mind

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