On this page, you can find links to many of the participants who attended or spoke at the Crafting Community workshops. For information about the organisers of the workshop, please visit the About page.

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Academics and independent researchers

  • Jacqueline Atkinson Professor of Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • Sandy Black Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology, London College of Fashion
  • Tim Bolton, Plymouth College of Art, involved in the establishment of Making Futures.
  •  Jason Cleverly, Course leader for Contemporary Crafts at University College Falmouth.
  • Phil Crang, Professor of Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Carolina Escobar-Tello, Loughborough Design School, Sustainable Design Research Group.
  • Emilia Ferraro, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews
  • Deirdre Figueiredo Director of Craftspace.
  • Kate Fletcher, Reader in Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion.
  • Sally Fort, independent craft researcher.
  • David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communications at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster.
  • Paul Greenhalgh, Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.
  • Jessica Hemmings, Head of Context and Deputy Director of Research at Edinburgh College of Art.
  • Joanne Hodge, PhD student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; faculty of Dundee University.
  • Alex Lambley, PhD Researcher, her project being a collaboration between University College Falmouth and the Leach Pottery in St Ives.
  • Jo Little, professor in geography at Exeter University. Involved in research on gender, women’s labour and rural communities.
  • Polly Macpherson, Associate Professor 3D Design, Plymouth University.
  • Justin Marshall, Associate Professor of Digital Craft and works within the Autonomatic research
  • group based at University College Falmouth.
  • Lisa Murphy, a current postgraduate student, studying a Master of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
  • Matthew Partington, V&A Museum Senior Research Fellow (Applied Arts) at UWE and a Research
  • Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Robert Pulley, Principal of West Dean College, an international postgraduate centre of the arts and a partner college of the University of Sussex.
  • Vivienne Richmond lecturer in modern British history at Goldsmiths, with particular interests in working-class dress and death in C19 England, and the use of material culture as historical evidence.
  • Elizabeth Robinson, PhD candidate at Royal Holloway researching needlework in ordinary women’s lives 1920-1970 with particular emphasis on ideas of ‘leisure’ and ‘work’.
  • James Ryan, a historical and cultural geographer currently working with geographer Caitlin DeSilvey and photographer Steven Bond on an  Arts and Humanities Research Council projected titled Small is Beautiful?’
  • Linda Sandino is the CCW Graduate School, University of the Arts London/V&A Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
  • Ezra Shales, Assistant Professor of Art History, Alfred University, NY.
  • Emma Shercliff, Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the Arts University College in Bournemouth and is studying for a PhD at the Royal College of Art.
  • Deborah Sugg Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Histories & Theories of Design.
  • Carol Tulloch is a Reader in Visual and Material culture at the CCW Graduate School and a member of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) Research Centre, both at the University of the Arts London
  • Jo Turney, senior lecturer and course leader for the MA Investigating Fashion Design at Bath Spa University, Bath, UK
  • Anna Upchurch is Lecturer in Cultural Industries at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
  • Louise Valentine is a designer, researcher and writer whose work is concerned with strategic change.
  • Hazel White, Director of the Master of Design Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
  • Christoph Zellweger, Professor of Art and Design, Faculty of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University and trained goldsmith / precious metal mechanic / model-maker for industrial production.

Museums, Crafts organisations and representatives
  • Glenn Adamson Head of Graduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Katy Bevan Participation & Learning Manager, Crafts Council.
  • Isabel Hughes, Curator of Collections & Engagement at the Museum of English Rural Life.
  • Hilary Jennings, Associate on the Happy Museum Project and co-developed the The Case for Optimism.
  • Richenda Macgregor, artist and social entrepreneur working in the field of Art and Ecology, affiliated with the Transition Town Movement.
  • Sue Prichard writer with expertise in 20th  century and contemporary textiles, patchwork and quilts, domestic history, feminism and craft . Affiliated with the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Stuart Shotton, learning and engagement manager at Craftspace.
  • Julia Twomlow, Director of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, historic home and workplace of Bernard Leach.
  • Thanh Giang Vo works for Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage Service as an Arts and Social Care Coordinator.

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Artists and crafts practitioners

  • Jamie Chalmers AKA Mr X-Stitch. Contemporary embroider and needlework artist who runs , an online community for all things needlecraft.
  • Fiona Douglas, owner and manager of Oh Sew Brighton, a private sewing school concentrating mainly on dressmaking at beginner level.
  • Françoise Dupré, artist and a part-time senior lecturer in Fine Art at Birmingham City University, School of Art.
  • Alison Harper, textile artist/researcher working with textile craft processes using found materials.
  • Amy Houghton, a Professional artist based in the southwest of the UK.
  • Tavs Jorgensen, researcher into new digital design and production technologies.
  • David Littler, artist, and DJ curating an on-going project samplercultureclash.
  • Hannah Maughan Robb, textile designer specialising in embroidery and mixed media, and Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Textile Design programme at University College Falmouth.
  • Deirdre Nelson, a textiles artist with experience of exhibition, collaboration, residency and community engagement.
  • Susan Noble, artist who uses traditional techniques to explore the transformative nature of domestic textile crafts.
  • Trevor Pitt is an artist and curator based in Birmingham who has been devising context-led and socially engaged projects for over 15 years.
  • Celia Pym, artist working with knitting and embroidery. She teaches art in London secondary schools part-time and works for ReachOutRCA at the Royal College of Art.
  • Rose Sinclair, textiles specialist  and lecturer in design department at Goldsmiths, Unversity of London.
  • Chris Tipping, artist exploring themes of place & identity in the public realm. Commissioned projects are exclusively site and context specific in origin and are shaped and underpinned by research and consultative & collaborative practice
  • Matthew Tyas, ceramic designer-maker Currently working on PhD research “Designing 21st Century Standard Ware: The Cultural Heritage of Bernard Leach and the Creative and Economic Benefits of Digital Technologies” in conjunction with the Leach Pottery, St Ives and University College Falmouth.

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Craft, activism and community facilitation

  • Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective.
  • Natalia Eernstman, artist-researcher-facilitator, creating collaborative and site-specific work as a means to foster positive change in communities
  • Betsy Greer, writer, researcher and maker exploring the intersections between craft and activism.
  • Rachael Matthews, activist, crafts practitioner, writer and founder of Prick Your Finger, a textile art collective, online yarn shop and resourse space/gallery in Bethnal Green.
  • Larch Maxey, has founded grassroots direct action campaigns on a range of issues including genetic engineering and aviation and is a Research Fellow at Plymouth University.
  • Lauren O’Farrell  founded and runs Stitch London, the UKʼs biggest stitching community, as a small business. She also founded Londonʼs first graffiti knitting collective, Knit the City.
  • Michael Westley designer who delivers Wellbeing by Design through consultancy and training, community based public space, healthcare & learning environments.

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Craft and wellbeing

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Contemporary design and manufacture

  • Soner Ozenc, Product Designer / Entrepreneur behind Razorlab, an Online Laser Cutting and Engraving Service.
  • Stephen Williams, founder of Fluid Forms, a company that uses computer code to provide consumers with a facility to produce bespoke goods.
  • Robin Wood is an international respected traditional woodworker who uses a foot-powered lathe to make traditional bowls and plates from local timber. He makes wooden spoons and teaches the craft of carving with axes and knives.

For information about the Workshop Organisers, please click here.

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