Date: Saturday 17th May 2014 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Stroud College, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AH
Working with design writer Charlotte Abrahams Select brought together some of the most illustrious names in the fields of contemporary craft and design for a day of thought-provoking discussion and debate around the subject of Designing Craft Crafting Design.
The debate was strong and interesting and speakers gave delegates plenty to think about.
Here are edited highlights from the day.
Is the Division between Craft and Design Relevant Today?
The panel - Mary Greensted, Chair of the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen, Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts and designers Nick Munro and Simon Pengelly – discussed this thorny issue in an hour-long debate chaired by design writer and SIT blogger Charlotte Abrahams.
Does Craft have to be Handmade?
Ceramicist Michael Eden, Harriet Wallace-Jones, one half of innovative industrial textile studio Wallace Sewell and basket maker Susan Early and textile printer Stephen Lewis, co-founder of wallpaper and fabric company Lewis and Wood put their cases in front of chair John Brewer, chair of the Cheltenham Design Festival and Course Leader, BA Graphic Design at the University of Gloucester
Wallpaper artist Tracy Kendall, textile designer Fay McCaul and design-maker Sebastian Cox shed light on their inspirations and working methods in a series of individual talks.
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