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  • ‘Sample 1’ work in progress by Karina Thompson in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Howard and the Informatics (Robotics) team at King’s College, London.

Parallel Practices

A Crafts Council and Cultural Institute at King's College London partnership 

Parallel Practices forms one part of the Crafts Council's Innovation strand, and is run in partnership with the Cultural Institute at King’s College, London. The project aims to demonstrate the mutual benefits and value of collaboration between medical and scientific academics and makers.
The  2014 pilot project consisted of four collaborations, with each collaboration lasting four months and involving a team of at least one maker and one medical and scientific academic. These pairings stimulated learning and innovation through a focus on the body, materials and processes. 
Now in its second phase, a longer six-month Parallel Practices programme, ‘Learning Through Making’, allows maker-academic collaborations more time to explore the benefits of their partnership, giving consideration to the pastoral and educational outcomes that were touched upon in the pilot project. Makers John Grayson, Shelley James and Celia Pym worked with academics, researchers and students from undergraduate to post-graduate level to encourage students to play, use their hands and take risks to push the boundaries and enhance their learning experience.

The partnerships for Parallel Practices  ‘Learning Through making’ are: 

  • Textile maker Celia Pym and Richard Wingate, Head of Anatomy at King’s, who will question the qualities of haptic experiences evoked through touch, the feelings of care and the of patterns of wear in material
  • Glass maker, Shelley James and physics lecturer Dr Riccardo Sapienza, who are investigating making and problem-solving through glass techniques and experimentation to broaden learning and confidence
  • Automata maker John Grayson and Robotics lecturer Matthew Howard are exploring synergies and movement between synthesising analogue and digital technologies within the realm of robotics and automata.

A further collaboration between the nursing and midwifery team at kings and textile maker Angela Maddock, whose practice explores emotional and physical intimacy, will start in September to enhance haptic and simulation skills for undergraduate studies in nursing and midwifery.

Follow the progress of John, Celia, Shelley and Angela through the Parallel Practices blog

Parallel Practices 2014 Pilot 

Watch the film of Parallel Practices pilot programme in 2014

Parallel Practices 2016 - Participants

Parallel Practices Blog