Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries
The Crafts Council’s conference Assemble 2012 took place on 20 September during London Design Festival. It explored the contribution craft makes to innovation and enterprise and the relationship between making, science and technology.
Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries and Moira Sinclair Executive Director at Arts Council England both gave powerful introductory speeches to nearly 200 audience members.
Ed Vaizey addressed the makers with “I am excited that makers are already working on an extraordinary range of collaborations in this area. You are adapting and using your knowledge in the 21st century to stretch the capabilities of materials and processes.” and Moira Sinclair proclaimed that “traditional and contemporary crafts have always been an important part of our cultural DNA. Craft makers were a key part of the industrial revolution. It would be great to see craft makers recognized and celebrated for being at the forefront of our new technological revolution too.”
The day was packed with informative and inspiring sessions; on how plastic surgeons working with pattern cutters could advance techniques and user experience; on growing material and the sustainability implications of this on a larger scale; on community bio labs and how biology will always rely to some extent on design; and on ‘How To’ that covered the move from technology on screens to technology in objects as being a prime opportunity for makers.
Most of the presentations talked of genuine collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas was very much in evidence during the day – both in the break out sessions and proposals to collaborate arising in the Q&A sessions.
Many of the presentations will be up on the Assemble website in the near future but in the meantime please enjoy below one of the filmed presentations from the day – Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London Roger Kneebone in conversation with tailor Joshua Byrne from Byrne and Burge.
Professor Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education, Imperial College London, PhD FRCS FRCSEd FRCGP and Joshua Byrne, Byrne & Burge, discuss the crossovers between surgery and tailoring.