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10-11 November 2016 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

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What is Make:Shift?

Make:Shift is a 2 day innovation conference which explores the importance of craft and innovation to the future of making in a dynamic, thought-provoking and engaging environment. Following the huge success of Make:Shift 2014, this year’s event will continue to question, investigate and push the boundaries of craft in the 21st century.

Watch our short teaser to relive Make Shift 2014 highlights:


What are this year’s themes?

In 2016 Make:Shift will explore the value of craft innovation in:

  • social innovation
  • sustainability
  • healthcare and wellbeing

It looks to demonstrate the distinctive characteristics of craft and unveil how makers collaborate and catalyse innovation in other sectors and industries. The practices presented will span robotics, smart materials, bio design, connected wearables alongside more traditional craft disciplines.

What should I expect? 

A packed two-day event including panel discussions, interviews, keynote presentations, dynamic research workshops/think-tanks, hands-on materials table and behind the scenes tours of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Highlights include:

  • Keynote presenters materials scientist Mark Miodownik and Caroline Till sharing their insight on materials in relation to human culture and the future of making. 
  • Designer Craig Dunlop joining us from Cape Town to present The Employable Nation project, a 25-day course designed to stimulate young people’s interest in the art of making.
  • Journalist Lucy Siegle hosting the session on sustainability that will explore practice with organic materials and living technologies as well as developing systems for a more environmentally sustainable future. 
  • Designer Maurizio Montalti’s practice focused on industrial scale-up of mycelium based materials.
  • A panel on the making of augmented gear and prosthetic devices including Mika Satomi whose seminar on Artificial Skins and Bones at the Berlin Weißensee School of Art recently received a STARTS Prize.
  • Six fast-paced presentations over breakfast that will expose the stories behind a dress made from mushroom mycelium, liquid lighting, 3D printed hearts and robotics that communicate feelings.
  • A panel with artists James Bulley and Myrto Karanika on developing tactile experiences for blind and partially sighted people using smart textiles and embedded electronics. This work was first presented at Kaunas Biennial 2015 in the framework of the European project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS, which is sponsored by EU programme Creative Europe.
  • Handling sessions with the Process and Material Innovation Collection from Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.
  • A unique opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes of The Museum of Science and Industry’s Collections Centre.
  • An evening drinks reception accompanied by live music performance by Manchester Camerata of Mr Babbage Is Coming To Dinner!, a Barry Guy composition with visual score based on Babbage’s drawings for the Difference Engine, celebrating links between craft, textiles and computing.

Why should I attend? 

  • To explore innovative making and research across robotics, smart materials, bio design and wearables
  • To discuss new thinking and areas of shared interest
  • To find out how craft innovation impacts bigger challenges such as sustainability, social innovation, health and wellbeing
  • To meet potential collaborators

Who is speaking?

Leading specialists, practitioners and experts from the fields of science, engineering, architecture, robotics, medicine and manufacturing. 

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Mark Miodownik, Director of Institute of Making 
  • Caroline Till, Co-founder and Director of futures research studio FranklinTill
  • Ghislaine Boddington, Creative Director of body>data>space 
  • Lucy Siegle, journalist, author and broadcaster
  • Jeremy Myerson, Co-Founder and Chair of Design of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design 

Please find below full speaker line-up and download the programme here.

What was said about Make:Shift 2014

'Make:Shift opened my eyes to collaborations everywhere and in every field.' Make:Shift 2014 attendee

'I thought there was something distinctly Reithian about Make:Shift. It educated, informed and entertained in equal measure – which is pretty much all you can ask for from a conference really.' Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine

'Make:Shift was one of the best conferences I’d ever been to, with inspiring talks, a lively atmosphere, and the sense that you could say hello to anyone there, and be sure to have just met someone interesting.' Andrew Sleigh, researcher, writer and maker

How much will it cost?

From £75 concessions, £120 for individuals to £280 for large organisations. Tickets include access to the conference and catering for both days of the event.

Doors open at 11:00am on Thursday 10th November, with sessions beginning at 12:00pm. The conference will finish by 3:30pm on Friday 11th November.

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Make:Shift 2014. Photo: Tas Kyprianou

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Large organisation (single ticket)
Available to employees or owners of companies and organisations with more than 10 staff
Full price: £280.00 

Small to medium organisations single ticket (single ticket) 
Available to employees or owners of companies and organisations with 10 or fewer staff
Full price: £180.00

Individuals / Sole Traders (single ticket) 
Available to Individuals/Self-employed
Full price: £120.00 

Concessions: £75.00 
Available to full-time students, recipients of Universal or Pension credit; proof of status required.

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Planning Your Trip

Doors open at 11:30am on Thursday 10th November, with sessions beginning at 12:00pm. The conference finishes at 3:30pm on Friday 11th November.


Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Liverpool Rd
Manchester M3 4FP


Getting there: 

Manchester is easily accessible from all parts of the UK.  Discount train and air tickets are available from July 2016. For getting there by train and other travel providers, see Visit Manchester


There are a range of inexpensive options to stay in and around Manchester.  Check out the following for some ideas:

The Hotel Guru


Home Stay Manchester

Eating out:

There's never been a better time to eat out in Manchester, with new restaurants now popping faster than anywhere else in the country. The city's dining scene has arguably never been more exciting whether you're looking for a bargain bite to eat or are happy to splash the cash on a ten-course taster menu, there is something to suit every occasion and budget - and the options span almost every cuisine conceivable.
Confronted with so much choice, who best to advise than Mancunians so here’s some suggestions from Manchester Evening News team

It’s all about Manchester: 

Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield Conservation Area’s 18th-century canal system harks back to the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and you can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now houses the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry cultural centre.

Manchester is also home to MediaCityUk, a new waterfront destination for Manchester, with digital creativity, learning and leisure at its heart and housing BBC North, ITV Studios and University of Salford.  It can be reached in ten minutes by tram from Manchester central.

For a quick guide in getting to know Manchester, check out Visit Manchester:-

Attractions and Things to Do: 

There are a range of great things to do in Manchester whether it's catching legendary live music, having a history lesson at one of Manchester's museums, visiting the world's oldest public library, flicking through stacks of vinyl or viewing amazing art installations and galleries, there really are some great things to do. Explore and enjoy.

Here’s a link to Time Out’s Top 20 Great Things to do in Manchester;-


Andrew Sleigh

Andrew Sleigh is a researcher and writer, maker and producer.  His interest is in making and grassroots innovation, from the maker movement, through craft, to hardware start-ups and manufacturing. He runs the studio programme at Lighthouse, a contemporary culture organisation in Brighton; he’s one of the co-founders of Brighton Mini Maker Faire, the festival of DIY technology and creativity, and of Maker Assembly, a new event series that aims to provide a home for critical conversations about making cultures. 

He’s one of the authors of Nesta’s 2015 research report mapping the UK’s makerspaces and is currently working with University of Westminster on their European research project, Digital DIY, investigating the impact of digital technologies on creative society.

He’s also the host of Looking Sideways, a podcast series and radio show in which he interviews makers, thinkers and critics about the role of craft, handwork and manufacturing in contemporary society.



Andrew will chair a discussion panel on the making of augmented gear and prosthetic devices including wearables and smart materials

Annie Warburton

Creative Director, Crafts Council

Annie started her career in Dublin at the Crafts Council of Ireland and went on to work for a US publisher and launch a digital start up. Annie was CEO at ArtsMatrix and most recently Head of Partnerships at Creative Skillset, the creative industries’ skills council, working with the fashion, textiles, media and publishing industries. Annie read economics and philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the RSA and an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge.

Annie will be delivering the keynote speech on the Crafts Council’s work, its innovation programme and findings.

Aniela Hoitink | NEFFA

After she completed Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of Arts, Aniela worked for various fashion companies, before launching NEFFA. Textile innovation, but just that bit different, is what NEFFA is all about. Through her multi and interdisciplinary way of working and by altering or adding properties to textile, Aniela is investigating how we can and will use textiles in the future and what the related implications will be. Using technology and microbiology, she looks at textile as an extension of the skin and she is on a quest for improving / changing the properties of traditional textile materials, driven by the exploration of their multifunctional layers.



Aniela will take part in the Maker Breakfast session.

Arno Verhoeven

Arno Verhoeven is lecturer in the School of Design and director of the postgraduate Product Design MA/MFA programme at the University of Edinburgh.

He studied social psychology and completed his B.Sc at the University of Toronto. (CA). His career shifted in 1998 when he concluded training as a designer/maker at the School of Craft and Design (Sheridan College, CA), and shortly thereafter completing an M.Des at the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). He is currently a doctoral candidate with the Design Group, Open University, Milton Keynes (UK), where his thesis examines the roles that prototypes play in the production of design knowledge across diverse teams of stakeholders involved in the design process.

Former research projects have included: Co-I on ‘Naked Craft’, an AHRC funded initiative as part of NCN research network between Canada and Scotland; Co-I on ‘Talisman’, a multi-disciplinary project developing forward thinking iBeacon devices involving Informatics; Academic lead on ‘This is how we do it’, a Creative Exchange project creating a digital archive of gestural skills.


Arno Verhoeven will present the Archive of Skill, a digital repository that analyses the concept of skill and tacit technical knowledge of making through interventions with digital technologies and wearable tools

Dr Matthew Howard

Dr Matthew Howard is a lecturer at the Centre for Robotics Research, Dept. Informatics, King's College London, and has previously worked at the University of Tokyo an the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained his PhD sponsored by the EPSRC and Honda Research. He is internationally recognised in the fields of robotics and autonomous systems, statistical machine learning and adaptive control. His current interests include machine learning applied to robotic and wearable technologies, especially soft robotic skill learning from imitating human muscle control strategies.


Matthew Howard will present his research in robotics and collaboration with embroiderer Karina Thompson in developing wearable sensors for monitoring medical and sports applications.

Craig Dunlop

Craig Dunlop is the founder of the social enterprise, Workspace, based in his home town of Hout Bay, South Africa.  Workspace is an open access makerspace focused on providing a platform for knowledge and skills exchange across the social, cultural and generational divides.  

Craig  trained as a horticulturist and landscape designer and spent fifteen years designing and building residential gardens on the slopes of Table mountain.  In 2004 he was asked to provide a suitable social responsibility program for a visiting international high school. The tourism interests morphed into connecting marginalized needy South African schools with well-resourced international schools. It became an immersive experience where students got their hands dirty, created, built and connected with each other.

Craig realized the need for a permanent facility where this process could take place on a local level and so Workspace was established in 2013. Craig is married with two grown up kids. He is an avid traveller, motor cycle rider and amateur historian.


Craig Dunlop will present the Archive of Skill, a digital repository that analyses the concept of skill and tacit technical knowledge of making through interventions with digital technologies and wearable tools

Daniel Charny

Daniel Charny is director of From Now On, a creative and cultural consultancy based in London. He is best known for curating the influential exhibition Power of Making at the V&A museum and increasingly as co-founder and director of Fixperts, a creative social platform and design education programme. Previous roles include creative director of the British Council’s Maker Library Network and founding director of the Central Research Laboratory. Deeply involved in design education and research for over two decades, Charny is Professor of Design at Kingston University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.


@thisisfromnowon & @fixperts


Daniel will be hosting the session looking at the cultural role of makerspaces.

David Grimshaw

David Grimshaw is Programme Leader for MA/MSc Product Design at Manchester School of Art and previously programme leader for BA(Hons) 3-Dimensional Design. Based in Manchester, David established himself as a freelance design consultant for contract furniture, designing ranges for top end UK manufactures, before returning to teach at Manchester School of Art in 1997.

David continued as a practicing design consultant, however, more recently his design focus has turned to research. Informed by his background as a material led furniture designer for manufacture, and his teaching across craft and production design programmes, he is investigating the relationship of digital design to material making. Inspired by the work of David Pye, Grimshaw is exploring the relationship of the perceived perfection of virtual 3D models, and their translation into real 3D objects. Focussing his investigations on the CNC Routing, and the milling of wooden bowls, he explores the potential for craft material making knowledge to inform a more sensitive and exploratory use of CNC tools in the physical act of digital making.

David Grimshaw will chair a discussion session on sustainability of craft within higher education with emphasis on digital technology as the future of making

Geoffrey Crossick

Chair, Crafts Council. Director of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Value Project

Geoffrey Crossick's previous roles include Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Warden of Goldsmiths, Chief Executive of the former Arts & Humanities Research Board, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) and Professor of History at the University of Essex. In addition to being Director of the AHRC Cultural Value Project, he is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

He is a social historian of 19th- and 20th-century Britain and continental Europe, including the world of small enterprise, which adds a historical dimension to his interest in contemporary crafts. He speaks nationally and internationally on the importance of the arts and humanities and on the creative economy. He sits on the governing boards of the Courtauld Institute and Horniman Museum, is a trustee of the Goldsmiths Centre, and is Chair of the Board of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at Trinity College Dublin.

Geoffrey will be delivering the closing remarks at Make:Shift 16.

Ghislaine Boddington

Ghislaine Boddington is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of body>data>space and Women Shift Digital and is a Reader in Digital Immersion at the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts, University of Greenwich.

Ghislaine has been working internationally as a thought leader and pioneer advocating the use of the entire body as a digital interaction canvas, for over 25 years. She has in-depth expertise in body responsive technologies, immersive experiences and interactive interfaces, examining shifting identity politics through the convergence of telepresence, motion, touch, sense and gesture tech, focusing on the blending of the virtual and the physical.

Ghislaine has curated, commissioned and consulted on hundreds of arts, education and creative industry projects leading several multi-partner EU projects, with an aim to enable wider public access to the topical debate on human machine interfaces. She regularly guest inputs into TV/radio and press and presents into a wide range of sectors internationally including two TEDx presentations. She is curating the Future Love theme at Nesta’s FutureFest and The Games Europe Plays exhibition series for EUNIC in 2016.


@GBoddington LinkedIn


Ghislaine Boddington will host all activity in the large space and participate in the closing discussion with other space and session hosts

Graham Pullin

Graham Pullin is a designer and Senior Lecturer in interaction design and product design at DJCAD, University of Dundee. His current research includes Hands of X, exploring materials and prosthetic hands with wearers, designers and makers. His PhD, 17 ways to say yes, explored tone of voice in augmented communication. His book Design meets disability argues that disability-related design needs more art school-trained designers, contributing not only their skills but also their sensibilities. Previously he headed a studio at the design consultancy IDEO and studied at Oxford University and the Royal College of Art.

Graham is in discussion panel on the making of augmented gear and prosthetic devices including wearables and smart materials

Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson is UK-based design, craft and architecture writer whose work has turned up in places like The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME, Dwell, and quite a few others. During his time Grant has been editor of Blueprint, deputy editor of FX, and acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal. He was also the launch editor of the London Design Festival Guide. He's currently the editor of Crafts, as well as a contributing editor to the Dutch architecture title MARK and a regular columnist at Onoffice. In 2011 Grant was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art.

Grant Gibson will host all activity in the conversation space and participate in the closing discussion with other space and session hosts.

Hannah Perner-Wilson

Hannah’s work combines conductive materials and craft techniques to develop new styles of building electronics that emphasize materiality and process. She creates working prototypes to demonstrate the kinds of electronic artefacts we might build for ourselves in a world of electronic diversity. A significant part of her work goes into documenting and disseminating her techniques so that they can be applied by others.

Since 2006, Hannah has been collaborating with Mika Satomi, forming the collective KOBAKANT. In 2009 they published an online database titled How To Get What You Want, where they share their textile sensor designs and DIY approach to E-Textiles.

Hannah received a B.Sc. in Industrial Design from the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz and an M.Sc. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where she was a student in the High-Low Tech research group. Her thesis work focused on developing, documenting and disseminating a Kit-of-No-Parts approach to building electronics.



Hannah is taking part in the discussion panel on the making of augmented gear and prosthetic devices including wearables and smart materials

Indy Johar

Indy Johar Biog

Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation.

Dark Matter Laboratories utilises an experimentation method typical of a fieldwork scientific laboratory, we undertake real-world research and prototyping in order to seed the next generation of 21st Century institutional infrastructure. Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London's SME Working Group and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.

Indy was Director of the Global Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington and worked with Jonathan Robinson to design the protocols and modes of the network scaling.


Indy Johar is the host for the social innovation session

James Bulley

James Bulley (b.1984) is an artist and composer whose practice explores spatial sound composition through installation and sculpture.

He has shown and performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and the Natural History Museum. His work has been featured by the BBC, ITV, Nature and the Guardian. In 2015 he exhibited a new installation in his series Tactus at the Kaunas Biennial, exploring the creation of a direct art form for the blind and visually impaired. In both 2013 & 2015 (with the artist Daniel Jones as Jones/Bulley) he was nominated for British Composer of the Year, and in 2014 the duo toured the acclaimed forest-based sound installation Living Symphonies. Bulley is a member of the New Radiophonic Workshop and a current doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London.


James will be on a discussion panel about tactile experiences for blind and partially sighted people using smart textiles and embedded electronics. James' work was presented at Kaunas Biennial 2015 in the framework of the European project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS, which is sponsored by EU programme Creative Europe. 

Jeremy Myerson

Jeremy Myerson is a writer and academic. He holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.

He is best known as the co-founder of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA, through which he pioneered the practice of inclusive design for ageing and healthcare, as the author of a number of influential books on design, craft and architecture, and as the founding-editor of DesignWeek magazine which marks its 30th anniversary this year.

He is currently working on the launch of the Work Tech Academy, a global knowledge network on the future of work, and on the New Old exhibition that will open at the Design Museum in Kensington in January 2017.

Jeremy Myerson will introduce and host the healthcare and wellbeing session.

John Grayson

John Grayson makes narrative based automata utilising crafts skills rooted in the traditions of defunct industrial metal manufactories of Birmingham and the Black Country. His work utilises the lost making skills and technology of these trades, creating craftwork that satirises modern day society.

From 1997 to 2006 he produced printed tin automata. Over this period work was exhibited widely, including Chelsea and Origin Craft Fairs, Contemporary Applied Arts, and the Hamburg Museum of Arts and Crafts.

In 2004 an invitation to explore enamel for Bilston Craft Gallery’s Craftsense exhibition, lead to a shift in his practice. Commissions and residencies since have included Unravelling the Vyne for Unravelled Arts/National Trust and Georgian Enamels: Telling a new narrative for Bantock House Museum. In 2016 he received Crafts Council Parallel Practices residency at Kings College London, using the opportunity to explore combining analogue and digital technologies in his work. He has subsequently applied this knowledge to The Discombobulated Brexiteer, a commission for A Curious Turn exhibition, for the Crafts Council.


John Grayson will be on a panel discussion on the Parallel Practices Learning through Making programme, a research and development programme has been designed to stimulate innovation in health and medicine through the integration of craft expertise into university learning and teaching

Lucy Siegle

Lucy is a journalist, author and broadcaster who specialises in ecological and ethical lifestyle matters. She writes an ethical living column for the The Observer and is author of Green Living in the Urban Jungle and co-author of A Good Life

Lucy is a regular television commentator on environmental issues, and has been seen in guest slots on BBC Breakfast, Newsnight and Live Earth, as well as being a regular contributor to The One Show. She is the co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth - an initiative to get sustainable fashion at international events.


Lucy Siegle will introduce and host the sustainability session

Mark Beecroft

Mark Beecroft is a Senior Lecturer in Textiles in Practice at the Manchester School of Art MMU. As a member of the Design Research Group, Mark works at the intersection of textile innovation and new materiality, applying a textiles approach to technologies such as 3D Printing. Mark is interested in how digital fabrication and handcrafted techniques can be integrated in the design process. He has recently started a PhD titled Interlooped: an investigation into how the primary structures of knit can enhance and inform the production of 3D printed textile material.

Mark will be on a discussion panel around digital/physical weaving and textiles



Mark Miodownik 

Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials & Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Europe and the UK. For more than fifteenyears he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine,engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme.

Professor Miodownik is a well-known author and broadcaster and regularly presents BBC TV programmes on materials. He is author of Stuff Matters, a New York Times Best Selling book, which won the Royal Society Winton Prize in 2014 and the US National AcademiesCommunication Award in 2015.



Mark Miodownik will deliver one of the two keynote presentations with focus on therelationship of materials to human culture / advances in new materials.

Maurizio Montalti

Strongly rooted in a collaborative, research-based and experimental approach, Maurizio Montalti’s work tends toward the exploration of the design discipline, aiming to investigate and reflect upon contemporary culture, thereby creating new opportunities and visions for both the creative industry and the broader social spectrum.

Maurizio’s practice, Officina Corpuscoli, seeks to reveal unorthodox relationships among existing paradigms, aiming to promote the growth of critical thinking, through the development and materialisation of tangible alternatives.

Maurizio holds a Master in Industrial Engineering from the University of Bologna (IT) as well as a Master in Conceptual Design in Context from the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL).

Furthermore, he is co-founder of Mycoplast, a company focused on industrial scale-up of mycelium based materials, services and products and he is actively involved in education, currently co-heading the MAD Master (Materialisation in Art and Design) at Sandberg Institute, as well as teaching, lecturing and mentoring in different national and international academies and universities.


Maurizio Montalti will share his practice and trans-disciplinary work ranging from approaches rooted in bio-design and the development of ecologically responsible materials and processes, such as mycelium to industrial scale up and manufacturing as well as to robotics (current ongoing research).

Myrto Karanika

Myrto Karanika’s creative practice touches upon a variety of fields such as responsive art, textile design, sound art and biology. Combining soft technologies with traditional craft processes she creates responsive installation pieces that examine aspects of perceptual activity and bodily engagement mainly within the context of spatial experience.

She has exhibited in a variety of contexts across the UK and internationally in venues like the SESI Gallery, MIAT Museum, M.K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum, MIDAC Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, The Shunt, and The Horse Hospital among others.

Myrto holds a PhD in Textiles from the Royal College of Art.

Myrto will be on a discussion panel about tactile experiences for blind and partially sighted people using smart textiles and embedded electronics. Myrto’s work was presented at Kaunas Biennial 2015 in the framework of the European project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS, which is sponsored by EU programme Creative Europe. 

Neringa Stoskute

Neringa Stoskute is an independent contemporary art and design curator, PhD student at Vytautas Magnus university (Kaunas, Lithuania) and part of the Kaunas Biennial team. Since completing her MA in 2011 in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University Neringa has worked with London-based cultural institutions, such as the Design Museum, Crafts Council and Garden Museum, as well as a small commercial gallery in North London. In 2013 Neringa was accepted onto the PhD programme at Vytautas Magnus University with thesis to be completed in 2017 in the field of museum studies. In 2013 Neringa joined Kaunas Biennial team as a volunteer and in 2015 she became the audience development manager for Kaunas Biennial curating the educational programme.



Neringa Stoskute will chair a panel discussion on tactile experiences for blind and partially sighted people using smart textiles and embedded electronics. The work to be discussed was presented at Kaunas Biennial 2015 in the framework of the European project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS, which is sponsored by EU programme Creative Europe.

Oluwaseyi (Seyi) Sosanya


Sosanya's work spreads across craft, design, mass production, and sustainability bringing innovation through combining all four.

He is passionate about traditional forms of making, current mass production practices, and bringing delight through unique user interactions. He enjoys working at the intersection of these practices to develop solutions which can result in innovative resolved designs.

Seyi Sosanya will participate in a discussion panel around digital/physical weaving and textiles.

Riccardo Sapienza

Dr Riccardo Sapienza is a Lecturer in Physics at King’s College London. Fascinated by the science of light, he investigates how to trap optical waves in nanoscale photonic architectures. Currently he is working on miniaturized and biocompatible lasers and on new methods to control single photon sources in photonic networks.

He holds a PhD from LENS, The European Laboratory for Non‐Linear Spectroscopy (Italy) and Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, ENS (France). Before joining King’s he worked at the ICMM Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid and ICFO, The institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona.

Riccardo will take part in a panel discussion on the Parallel Practices Learning through Making programme, a research and development programme has been designed to stimulate innovation in health and medicine through the integration of craft expertise into university learning and teaching.

Rosy Greenlees

Rosy Greenlees is Executive Director of the Crafts Council. As the national agency for contemporary craft the Crafts Council aims to increase the economic potential and resilience of the sector by supporting makers as small businesses and stimulating the market for craft; enabling people to experience the full cultural value of contemporary craft; and by ensuring that children and young people can directly experience working with materials.

With a background in the visual arts Rosy has worked in a number of senior cultural management roles. She is currently President of World Crafts Council Europe, a member of the cross parliamentary Skills Commission and the UK Trade and Investment’s Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Rosy will be delivering the introduction for the second bi annual Make:Shift 16 event.

Sarah O’Hana

Sarah is a jeweller based in Manchester and until recently, senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Lincoln.

She trained as a jewellery designer at Loughborough University College of Art and Design and received her Ph.D. in laser processing on titanium from The University of Manchester's School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. This was a highly innovative project that introduced new dialogues between art practice and scientific engineering, which led to several publications dedicated to the benefits cross-disciplinary research.

During her time as course director of the Jewellery and Object programme at the University of Lincoln she created a new space for imaginative practice, the Maker Lab, where she encouraged other disciplines such as architecture, engineering, graphic design and conservation to use the fully equipped studios for the cross-pollination of ideas, materials and inspiration. She continues to work as a jeweller and curator with a specific interest in using materials to deliver new information to different audiences.

Sarah will be joining the session on sustainability of craft within higher education with emphasis on digital technology as the future of making

Shelley James

Shelley trained in textiles in Paris before pursuing a career in corporate design. She discovered a passion for glass during an MA in printmaking, fascinated by the way this everyday material can play tricks on the eye and brain. She developed these ideas though a PhD at the Royal College of Art working closely with psychologists and neurologists. As well as projects arising from the Parallel Practices project, she is also working with a team of chefs and psychologists, an architect and an x-ray crystallographer, a composer and an acoustic engineer.


Shelley James will be on the panel discussion on the Parallel Practices Learning through Making programme, a research and development programme has been designed to stimulate innovation in health and medicine through the integration of craft expertise into university learning and teaching.



Sponsors and Thanks

Make:Shift Team:

  • Annie Warburton, Creative Director
  • Alma Daskalaki, Innovation Manager
  • Jane Saunders Media, Event Producer
  • Laura H Drane, Performance Producer
  • Louise Kelly, Marketing Manager
  • Aysen Yilmaz, Creative Partnerships Consultant
  • Sorensen Communications, PR
  • Natalie Baerselman le Gros, Exhibition and Innovation Programme Co-ordinator


  • Logotype by A2/SW/HK
  • Conference guide and signage by Mentsen


  • Maker Breakfast is sponsored by Digits2Widgets
  • The conference guide is supported by GFSmith
  • The Kaunas Biennial: Tactile Experiences with Smart Textiles and Electronics panel discusses work first presented at Kaunas Biennial 2015 in the framework of the European project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS, which is sponsored by EU programme Creative Europe.

Creative Partners:

  • Kaunas Biennial
  • Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester School of Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Maker Assembly
  • Machines Room

Special Thanks to:

Carole Collet, Andy Hutt, Alice Kettle, Roger Kneebone, Tom Metcalfe, Lynn Murray, Beatrice Pembroke, space and session hosts, and all speakers, presenters and panellists.

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