Jump to navigation

Crafts Council

Home // What's On // CAKE 20: Maker CAKE

CAKE 20: Maker CAKE

CAKE 20: Maker CAKE

By Creative Fuse North East: https://goo.gl/ToRxFn

at Northern Design Centre, Hawks Road, Gateshead NE8 3DF

Creative Fuse North East’s 20th CAKE event will celebrate the North East's maker communities, exploring the intersections between craft and innovation. We will showcase the work of artists and crafters from across the region in our Interactions Gallery, as well as considering maker spaces and maker movements in the North East and beyond. Our speakers from the Crafts Council, Northumbria University and FabLab Sunderland will discuss makers who are exploring the edges of their practice, using new materials and technologies and seeking out unique collaborations across industry, science and craft.

At Maker CAKE, we are delighted to be partnering with Google Digital Garage - a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence online. In addition to our usual CAKE programme, the event will feature a one-hour masterclass on Social Media Strategy, with expert advice on how to harness the power of social media for business to reach new audiences and turn them into valuable customers.

All of the spaces for the Interactions Gallery have now been filled - the exhibitors are listed below.


13:30-14:00 - Registration and Interactions Gallery

14:00-15:00 - CAKE Speakers and Q&A

15:00-16:00 - Google Digital Garage Masterclass

16:00-17:00 - Networking, Interactions Gallery, coffee and cake


Ellie Clewlow, Talent Development Manager, Crafts Council

Dr Ellie Clewlow is a Talent Development manager for the Crafts Council, supporting the business and creative development of artists, designers and makers.The Crafts Council is the national organisation for craft. Its goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. Ellie's professional background is in learning and teaching in higher education, with a particular focus on capacity-building, policy-making, and widening access.

Carl Gregg, FabLab Manager and Artist, FabLab Sunderland

Carl has an interest in a broad range of design areas and has worked for a number of years teaching on various Animation and Design programmes at the University of Sunderland. He has a particular interest in using coding and technology to enhance creative expression and his PhD explored generative processes in design.

Carl's most recent work has involved using Arduino based drawing machines to create abstract patterns based on data. Other interest areas include VJ-ing, photography and videography, the production of 2D and 3D motion graphics, to various physical computing projects including turning an old typewriter into a Bluetooth keyboard. In his spare time, Carl is restoring a 1961 Land Rover that he describes as having a comforting lack of any modern technology.

Northumbria University speaker TBC

Google Digital Garage masterclass delivered by Michael Knowles, Managing Director, ROAR Digital Marketing LTD

Michael is an ACIM, Google AdWords and HubSpot certified digital marketing professional with over ten years industry experience. As well as working as a speaker and trainer for the Digital Garage, Michael is the Managing Director of North East Google Partner marketing agency, ROAR Digital Marketing Ltd. Michael and his team help businesses around the globe to increase web traffic, improve sales figures, and generally reach and communicate more efficiently with their respective audiences.

Michael has worked with the Digital Garage and Upskill Digital team as both a speaker and digital skills 1-on- 1 trainer for nearly two years now. Via his specialist areas of focus (Pay Per Click advertising, Search Engine Optimisation, Digital Journey Planning, Analytics, and Paid Social Media campaigns), Michael has assisted and trained countless Digital Garage visitors to improve their digital skills and has helped make measurable improvements to the online performance of visiting businesses.

Interactions Gallery Exhibitors:

Sharon Stephenson & Kay Greef, The Crafthood
Lauren Fowler, Rockery Cottage
Suzie Devey, Artist
Autumn Rabbitt, Plumb & Rabbitts Cake Studio
Angela Boland, Costal Crafts by Angela
Denise Hart, Urban Amulets
Lyndsey Stephenson, Make & Mend
Karen and Emily Vacher-Wood, Miss Emily
Kate Millar, She Writes in Swirls
Sarah Wiles, Dozy Cow Designs
Judy Caplin, Judy Caplin Ceramics
Ann Gill, Lilyann Dress & Costume Design
Abigail Lagden, Curiously Contrary
Zoe Emma Scott, Artist & Illustrator

Getting There:

On foot: The Northern Design Centre is around a 20 minute walk from Newcastle city centre. Walk down to the quayside, cross the Swing Bridge and turn left, following the signs for the Northern Design Centre and passing the Sage Gateshead on your right. The Northern Design Centre is located just past the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, adjacent to Newcastle College.

By car: There are a limited number of spaces available in the Northern Design Centre's car park or on-street nearby. Alternatively, there is a pay-and-display car park at the nearby BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Follow the A1 on the Western By-Pass and leave at the junction for the A184 (Gateshead). Follow signs to Gateshead Quays, then Gateshead College for the Nothern Design Centre, or BALTIC for the pay-and-display car park.

By train: The Northern Design Centre is around a 20 minute walk from Newcastle Train Station, see directions above.

By metro: The nearest metro stops are Central (around a 20 minute walk) or Gateshead (around a 15 minute walk). For step by step directions from these metro stops see this handy guide: http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Business/NorthernDesignCentre/images/Directions-to-Northern-Design-Centre.pdf

About CAKE:

CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) is Creative Fuse North East's monthly networking event, bringing together businesses, freelancers, academics, charities and creative practitioners from across the Creative, Digital and IT sectors. Each themed CAKE event has expert speakers delivering short presentations that explore opportunities and innovation challenges. The events generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by looking at each event’s theme from a variety of different perspectives – in keeping with the event name, attendees enjoy a slice of delicious cake while they network.

Is this event for you?

Whatever your professional background, this event is designed to support this potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration.