Crafting Futures: Day Two

This page contains details about all the talks given on day two of Crafting Futures. This page includes speaker biographies, summaries of their talks and  audio files for the presentations.

Ezra Shales

Ezra Shales is the author of Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era (Rutgers University Press, 2010), which analyzes representations of workmanship as expressions of civic ideals. He holds an M.F.A. from Hunter College, a Ph.D. from the Bard Graduate Center and teaches art history at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His forthcoming article in the Journal of Modern Craft, titled “Corporate Craft: Constructing the Empire State Building,” examines the ways that the skyscraperʼs construction workers were represented as craftsmen and to what ends. His talk considers ways in which the field of craft can be widened to include a variety of industrial forms. He discusses his recent publication relating to the civic function of craft, and recent exhibitions with which he has been involved.

Listen: Ezra Shales

Louise Valentine

Dr Louise Valentine is a designer, researcher and writer whose work is concerned with strategic change. She successfully completed her doctorate in 2003 and is currently seconded to the V&A at Dundee initiative which is bringing to Dundee, Scotland, an international centre for design housed in a stunning building by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Louise’s talk discusses the lessons learned from a major Arts and Humanities Research Council project, ʻPast, Present and Future Craft Practiceʼ she undertook with Professor Georgina Follett (2005-2010). She hones in on the issue of ‘craft futures’ by unpacking the new ways of crafting, and the new objects being made, by contemporary crafters.

Listen: Louise Valentine

Stephen Williams

Stephen studied Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics at Auckland University. After initially working as a consultant for CRM and call centre system development in New Zealand and New Jersey, he moved in 2000 to Germany. Subsequent to studying Design at the Köln International School of Design in Cologne and working in the new media branch, he moved to Graz where, together with Hannes Waltner, he founded Fluid Forms. He discusses how Fluid Forms create emotional interface through generative design. The organisation use code and computer systems to allow consumers to be included in the design process. He discusses the importance of allowing consumers to engage in the design process.

Listen: Stephen Williams

Hazel White

Hazel Whiteʼs research and practice investigates the secret life of our personal possessions. Hazel collaborates with multimedia artists, healthcare professionals, craft makers, computer programmers and designers to explore how engagement with personal objects can be translated into products and systems that have meaning in peopleʼs lives. Hazel is Director of the Master of Design Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

Listen: Hazel White

Justin Marshall

Dr Justin Marshall is an Associate Professor of Digital Craft and works within the Autonomatic research group based at University College Falmouth. He is a practising maker and researcher with a diverse training in range of visual art and design disciplines. For over ten years his research has  involved investigating the integration of digital technologies into both art and craft practices. More recently he has become interested in how the digital manufacturing revolution, aligned with web 2.0 capabilities, has the potential to rekindle peopleʼs urge to ʻmakeʼ and creates the possibility to refigure the relationship between consumers and producers.

Listen: Justin Marshall

Chris Tipping

Chris Tipping’s work explores themes of place and identity in the public realm. The commissioned projects he undertakes are exclusively site and context specific in origin and are shaped and underpinned by research and collaborative practice. We are interested in how people navigate, react to and read spaces; particularly how a site can silently communicate. Proportion, rhythm and colour are manifest in pattern, texture and sculptural form; structures and systems for marking place, function, time and motion.

Chris talks about his involvement in the Combe Down Stone Mines Land Stabilisation project. The Combe Down Stone Mines Project was a major project by Bath & North East Somerset Council to stabilise abandoned limestone mine workings in Combe Down and preserve the Health & Safety of the area. The commission engaged with local communities to produce maps, ceramics, an installation and exhibition documenting the process.

Listen: Christ Tipping

Keynote: Glenn Adamson

Dr Glenn Adamson is Head of Graduate Studies in the Research Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His research interests include 20th century craft and design, furniture and ceramics in England and America in the 17th and 18th centuries, and decorative arts theory. Dr Adamson was previously curator at the Chipstone Foundation, and in that capacity prepared exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum and taught Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Listen: Glenn Adamson


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