Crafting the Future: Technology and the Handmade

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Your Conference ticket also gives you access to the main Showcase area.

Saturday 24th October
10.30am-  5.00pm Drawing Room

Tickets: £80.00 Concessions £ 35.00. Ticket price includes light lunch and refreshments.
concessions are for full time students and Friends of SITselect

At SITselect we love original and innovative thinkers and we are proud to be the catalyst for passionate and fearsome debate concerning the practice of craft in the 21st Century. Crafting the Future: Technology and the Handmade continues our conference theme, bringing together renowned international artists, designers and makers from around the UK for what promises to be an inspiring and thought provoking day.

View our full conference schedule here

Speakers include:

Session One

Mark Henderson (founder of The New Craftsman) Mark has worked in luxury goods for most of his professional life. He is Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes, No 1 Savile Row, Chairman of the London Luxury Quarter (Mayfair & St James’s), and a director of Walpole (the UK luxury industry association.
He is patron of the Heritage Craft Association.

Peter Layton (London Glassblowing) Peter Layton is one of the world’s most widely respected glass artists and he has done more to promote glassmaking as an art form than anyone else in Europe. He has influenced, encouraged and nurtured several of this country’s leading glassmakers and has inspired many more internationally

Chris Eckersley works as a freelance designer and current clients include Liberty, Heal's, John Lewis, and Lloyd Loom of Spalding. Interests and obsessions include drawing, colour, and good proportion

Mary Greensted has worked as a curator, building up the internationally recognised Arts and Crafts Movement collection in Cheltenham and organising touring exhibitions. She is currently chairman of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

Ptolemy Mann textile artist, designer and colourist. She also works as an architectural colour consultant, journalist and lecturer. Her unique approach to hand dyeing and weaving in a dynamic modern context brings her craft into the 21st century.

Chair: Dr. Maureen Bampton has over 25 years experience working in the contemporary crafts as Director of Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

Solo speakers include:

Session 2

Michael Eden  began his career as a potter and now uses digital manufacturing techniques and materials to create unique pieces that blur the boundaries between craft and design.

Nadia-Anne Ricketts, founder and creative vision behind art-led textile label BeatWoven is on a mission to bring a new experience to music, visually, into our lives through product and beautifully executed design, enhancing emotional connections with our living spaces

Sophie Zajicek's Woven Dimensions work is an investigation into woven structures and yarn combinations with the aim of producing innovative fabrics to be integrated within technical textiles for sportswear, vehicle design and architectural textiles. Olywaseyi  Sosanya (3D Weaver partner) will join Sophie in discussion 

Laszlo Beckett combines the aesthetics of fine furniture making with contemporary digital design. Working in solid hardwoods, his designs embrace traditional skills with their emphasis on strength, beauty and lasting purpose whilst exploring the new landscape of digital craft.

Makers Dozen: with Joe Hartley and Elle Simms
Joseph Hartley. Joseph designs and makes objects in his workshop located in Manchester. The materials he uses are simple.  Often wood, clay and cloth. He uses low-tech tools to work them, like a lathe, a potters wheel and sewing machines.

Elle Simms: a maker and educator. Elle is  material led, conceptual practitioner and a jeweller of sorts. Teaching Three Dimensional Design and Outreach Support Tutor at Manchester School of Art. Her practice and work are unequivocally connected and inform one another, feeding each other almost.

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See a snippet from last year’s conference ‘What is Craft?’

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