Crafts Council Annual Report 2014/15 - page 23

Annual Review2014/15
Above left:Karina
Thompson and
Matthew Howard,
band prototypes and
sensor test samples.
Above right:Mending
Celia Pym,2015.
Champkins (left)
and Mark Miodownik
(right) take part in
a panel discussion
at Make:Shift 2014.
Make:Shift,held at Ravensbourne
from 20-21November 2014,was
a conference that set out to explore
the boundaries of craft in the new
century.Based around the themes
of Materials,Making and Tools,the
biennial event consisted of a series
of panel discussions,interviews and
keynote addresses.Words of wisdom
came from the likes of the Royal
College ofArt’s Martina Margetts,
Mark Burrows of Heatherwick Studio,
director of the Institute of Making Dr
Mark Miodownik and Professor Roger
Kneebone of Imperial College London.
The 300-strong audience (nearly 30
per cent of which was new to the
crafts) was treated to subjects such
as the robotic handmade,the internet
of things and making for medicine.
The two days were also streamed
live to a further 700 people.
Parallel Practices brought together
makers from a range of disciplines
with scientists at King’s College
London.The aimwas simply to find
out what each group could learn
from one another,unearthing mutual
benefits and exploring the value
of collaboration.
Ceramist Tamsin van Essen,
book artist Les Bicknell,jeweller
Naomi Mcintosh,and textile artists
Karina Thompson and Celia Pym
worked with RichardWingate,
principal investigator at
the MRC Centre for developmental
lecturer in robotics at the department
of informatics,and Thrishantha
Nanayakkara,principal investigator
of the laboratory for morphological
computation,over the course of a
three month residency.
The process was key,with eclectic
results which ranged from ceramic
objects inspired by anatomy,to
a mending service for students and
staff in the Dissecting Room via
embroidered sensors and circuits
that capture electrical muscle
movement using conductive threads.
After this successful pilot,the scheme
returns for 2016.
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