Thematic Sessions

1. Lifecycles of Material Worlds - Sustainability in Practice

This session investigated the ways in which practitioners are proactively exploring sustainably engaged projects and practices. These initiatives might involve digital design and production methods, new materials innovation and/or the pursuit of localised sourcing. They might also incorporate cradle-to-cradle design-and-make strategies, and associated approaches – such as re-cycling, up-cycling, sharing, make and mend, and maintenance – to confront the throw-away culture and planned obsolescence resonant of global capitalist production systems.


Corbin, Liz | Tooze, James | Gladek, Eva | Monaghan, Chris

Materials Democracy: An action plan for realising a redistributed materials economy

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Grain, Emma

A Design-driven approach to 3D printing textiles from recycled polyester

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Harper, Alison

Why Matter Matters

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Harvey, Bridget

REPAIR YOUR PRACTICE! Get out of your tower and into the world

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An, Kang Hyun

From the loom to wear: shapeable tubular textiles for seamless fashion

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Kerlaff, Paul

Re-defining Finishing, Performance and Durability: User Re-Manufacturable Surfboards

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Oseng-Rees, Tyra | Standen, Ian | Ferriz-Papi, Juan

An interdisciplinary project using recycled glass as an aesthetically pleasing architectural material

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2. Procedures of Making - Materials & Processes in Transformation

This session investigated a broad spectrum of approaches to materials and making processes: analogue and digital, and, as is increasingly common, mixtures of both. Of particular interest in the latter context was the act of translation between digital and analogue tools and procedures, including the ‘gaps’ – intended or unintended, productive or otherwise ­– that might emerge through such translations. As well as new techniques and materials, the session was also interested in how makers might be adapting traditional processes and materials to new roles and forms.


Cappellieri, Alba | Testa, Susanna

Digital Crafting for Fashion Accessories. From Static Products to Open Interactive Experiences

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Cooke, Sally

The Matter at Hand

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Diamond, Kandy

Employing technology and retaining authenticity: Digital machine knitting in contemporary craft

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Koulidou, Nantia with Smith, Neil

The self between two places: Finding connections through digital jewellery

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Liggett, Dean | Fleming, Karen | Belford, Patricia

Fingerprints in Fashion: The influence of hand skill in contemporary technological textile production and embellishment

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Rustagi, Shalu

Hand Weaving: Crafting Progressive Path for a Sustainable Future

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Salani, Giorgio

Salience in the making of contemporary hand-thrown tableware: an analysis of ribbing

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Stevens, James

Digital Risk, Materialization of Digital Media

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3. Translations Across (Post-Colonial) Local-Global Divides

This session explored the tensions and flows expressed in craft and design-to-make production and consumption in the ‘post-colonial’ contexts of contemporary global capitalism and its possible futures. For example, craft has often been seen as a stand-in for a politics of identity, and the issue of how to ensure its continuity and relevance through contemporary culture represents a dynamic field where interpretations of past, present and future, of private and public competencies – and their boundaries and interactions – are contested and negotiated.


Boeva, Yana with Foster, Ellen

Making Sense of Place: Research Reflections from Two Multi-sited Ethnographies

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Brown, Sarah Emily

The embeddedness of craft making and its implications for participatory design: A north–south case study

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Burke, Tarah

Who Made It? Finding value in acknowledging nature of making to increase consumer value perception

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Butoliya, Deepa

Critical Jugaad: A (Post) Critical Investigation into Marginal Making Practices from Beyond the Anglo-European Sphere

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Harris Stevens, Brooks

Mending Gold: mending cultural divides through craft

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4. Craft in an Expanded Field

This session investigated the ways in which subject boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred through the global emergence of post-Fordist practices, knowledge dissemination, and technological change - perhaps indexed in the ways we often vacillate between the terms ‘artist’, ‘maker’, contemporary crafts’, ‘design-to-make’, ‘neo-artisanal’, etc. As such, this workshop sought to exhibit and explore the ways in which practitioners are presenting, or narrating, new ideas of how we might understand and think about craft, and making more generally.

Bowman, Kate

Making-with: Clay, Community and Facilitator as boundary-crossing tricksters

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Bradshaw-Heap, Laura

People, Objects and Making: redefining practice

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Carden, Siún

Producing and consuming ‘maker cultures’: Shetland knitting as production, process and product

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Charnley, Kim

Keith Harrison’s Joyride as workmanship of risk

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Goldthorpe, Charlotte

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Hocking, Carol

Patching the Present

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Marton, Helen

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Wilson, Conor

Making Playgrounds: limit as expansion in a crafty field

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5. Making Thinking – Crafting Education

This session explored making as education and education through making. It asked how we might foreground studios and workshops as learning environments and/or modes of learning that encourage independence, personal responsibility and agency, and what innovative pedagogies might evolve to support these proposals? In short, how does making make thinking – particularly a thinking that incorporates (even prioritises) ethical and environmental stewardship, personal resilience, and social responsibility?


Birkbeck, Eimer

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England, Lauren

Crafting professionals – professional development and entrepreneurship in UK crafts higher education

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Stauch, Susanne

Empowering through making: re-thinking development cooperation as a co-creative, participatory design process to foster healthy, sustainable communities

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Koomen, Philip with Blundel, Richard

Developing craft practice within and between workshops: an inter-generational comparative study

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Kiyak Ingin, Aslı | Toker, Ayşenaz | Tarcan, Berilsu

Design in Situ: Integrating craft neighbourhoods in Istanbul to product design education

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