The Festival’s Talks programme is a rare opportunity for professional creatives, students, enthusiasts and the curious to learn more about the challenges, histories and future potential of making industries in their most diverse forms from those helping to shape them.
The first of our roundtable conversations (with an audience), will explore how we create the conditions for makers and craft businesses to flourish whilst also addressing problems relating to the end of life of products and waste including:
The session will also examine the implications for craft manufacturers, specifically who will pick up the cost of a conversion to circular processes of production and for makers creating products that last a lifetime, and that can only be sold once.
The context for the second part of roundtable conversation is informed by themes, ideas and provocations collected and presented by Ellen MacArthur Foundation in their recent Circular Design for Fashion publication which explores fashion industries huge potential to shift towards a circular economy fuelled by ‘passionate disrupters on the constant search for reinvention’.
We will also look at the role of educators to reset the generation of fashion and textiles designers to embed circular economy principles to:
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For both conversations we bring together individuals drawn from the fashion and textiles industry, educators, and practitioners developing the new models and ideas to encourage a shift to a more circular industry for those who design, produce and consume products including:
Full list of contributors to be announced.
A potter by trade and known to many as the judge on TV shows like the Great Pottery Throw Down & The Victorian House of Arts & Crafts, we are delighted to announce Conversation in Creativity: Keith Brymer Jones with Wayne Hemingway.
Ballet dancer. Front man in an almost-famous band. Being on the TV. How did all that happen? What if an art teacher hadn’t given him a lump of clay? What if his band had been really successful? What if he hadn’t taken a photograph of a bowl to the buyer at Heals in London?
Expect to hear all of the above and more in this insightful conversation between the lively voices of Keith and Wayne.
This event will take place in the central nave at Blackburn Cathedral at 4:30pm on Saturday 11th June as part of the National Festival of Making. The event is free to attend but tickets are essential to manage capacity.
Delivered in partnership with Creative Lancashire
Meet the Art in Manufacturing commissioned artists and hear a short talk, each hosted by National Festival of Making Chair, Jamie Holman and Director of CoLab and Festival of Making Board Member Claire Mander. Artists will share their experiences of collaborating with industry, the theory and inspiration of their work and the knowledge they gained in process, materials and techniques. Each talk will take place in-situ at their exhibition spaces.