A two-day conference for makers and designers
Flourish is our professional development conference for makers and designers taking place at Goldsmiths' Hall on 17-18 June and aimed primarily at those who have been in practice for at least 4 years.
A different set of topics and speakers will be presented each day but overall Flourish will provide:
- Business skills, toolkits and practical sessions that makers can confidently apply to their practice
- Inspiration, case-studies and real-life experience from industry experts
- The chance to connect with other makers and creative professionals to build networks and create exciting opportunities
Our speakers include Lulu Lytle, co-founder of Soane Britain who will be delivering the keynote speech; Ross Lovegrove acclaimed international designer, pioneer in innovation in design and multiple award-winner; Morag Myerscough prolific multi-disciplinary designer who has made work for Design Museum, Formula 1 and Venice Biennale to name but a few; Felicity Aylieff Senior Tutor in ceramics & glass at RCA and artist of international standing recognised for her large-scale ceramics and many more.
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Topics include: how to grow a brand, strategic ways to increase income, how to interact with collectors, sustainability in design, how collaborations can help creative businesses and many more
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Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 June 2019
10am - 5.30pm each day
Light lunch of sandwiches will be provided
Directory makers get 10% off tickets! Get your discount here.
The Crafts Council recognises the importance of providing a business development conference that is accessible to all makers, including those with disabilities. Our new access fund provides up to 20 people with a 70% reduction on the two-day full price ticket. We will consider all applications and allocate accordingly. To apply please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can consider your request. We aim to respond to each individual application in a timely and responsive manner.
Topics at Flourish will include:
- Strategic ways to generate income for your practice
- How to outsource elements of your creative business
- How to engage with collectors
- How to connect and maintain relationships across borders
- How craft and makers could find scope to work with corporations
- Benefits of social media engagement and how can it help makers sustain an income
- How to find your own craft language and stand out from the crowd
- Why collaboration can be beneficial: both rewarding creatively and financially
- How to get more commissions
- Working internationally
- How to grow your brand
- How to think differently about your approach to your practice to generate sustainable ideas
- The logistics of growing a team
- Business growth and market opportunities
- Intellectual property and how to protect your business
- Legal issues for creatives
Speakers & Agenda
Monday 17th June
10.00 Arrival and register, tea/coffee
10.30 Our Host: Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council
11.00 Keynote: Lulu Lytle, co founder of Soane Britain
11.45 Panel 1: Beyond Boundaries - international trade opportunities
(a discussion on the opportunities and potential pitfalls to avoid in working overseas)
- Sally Denton, International Trade Consultant and Trends Forecaster; worked closely with Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council in UAE, British Fashion Council and British Council
- Eva Qian Li, Marketing Manager for Design Shanghai
- Javvy M Royle, Co-Founder, House of Hackney
- Liam Stewart, Neon Print Studio - sells predominately in the US; textile design studio
12.40 Lunch (light lunch of sandwiches will be provided)
13.40 Sheridans Law – introduction to their company
13.50 Panel 2: Preparing for new borders - live streamed
(a discussion and vital top tips on the practicalities for growing your business with no borders)
- Philip James, Sheridans - Philip James is a Partner and leads Sheridans’ Technology and Data Group.
- Louise Allen, Head of Innovation and Development at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and President of World Crafts Council Europe
- Neil Wynn-Jones MBE; is a Senior International Trade Adviser for the Department for International Trade
14.40 Break – tea/coffee
15.10 Panel 3: Craft Futures
(a discussion on the opportunities for craft today to maximise your earning potential)
- Rosie Wolfenden, Co Founder of Tatty Devine
- Saskia Boersman, Culture and Heritage Brand Development Consultant and Trustee of CraftSpace
- Celia Joicey, Director of Dovecot Studios
- Felicity Aylieff, Ceramicist
16.00 Break Out sessions
1. Craft product vs craft experience
- Saskia Boersman and Rosie Wolfenden leading this
Stephanie Lavington, an Associate at Sheridans in the Intellectual Property, Interactive, Brands and Digital Media Groups
Tuesday 18th June
10.00 Arrival – tea/coffee
10.30 Welcome, our Host, Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council offers reflections from day one with Natalie Melton, Creative Director, Crafts Council
11.00 Resilience in your practice
- David Hevey, CEO of Shape Arts
11.35 Hot Topic: Work/Life Balance
- Yunus & Eliza (Jewellers) in conversation with Jill Read, Head of Communications, Crafts Council
12.10 Hot Topic: Sustainable Design
- Ross Lovegrove, Designer
12.45 Hot Topic: Collaboration
13.20 Lunch (light lunch of sandwiches will be provided)
14.20 Panel: Articulating your unique selling point (USP)
(a discussion on how to uncover, clarify and articulate your distinctiveness)
- Daniel Weil, Partner for Pentagram PR
- Lola Lely, Designer/Maker
- Morag Myerscough, Designer
- Ruth Lawrenson, Brand Advisor for Retail
15.10 Break – tea/coffee
15.40 Working groups: Visualising Your Future
(a facilitated session to help shape your business actions into reality)
- Workshop session with Business Trainer and Designer Lesley Shepperson
17.00 Finale discussion
Date and Time:
17 - 18 June 2019
10am - 5.30pm each day
Tube: Goldsmiths’ Hall is a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station (Central line) and within ten minutes’ walking distance of several other stops: Bank, Mansion House, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and Barbican.
Bus: Routes 8, 11, 25, 100, 242 and 501 all stop nearby. For more information on tube and bus travel, visit the Transport for London website.
Rail: There are many National Rail stations within a short walk: City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Moorgate and Cannon Street. For information on rail services, visit the National Rail website.
Parking: There is no parking onsite. The nearest car park is located at 23 London Wall, London, EC2V 5DY. More information can be found on the City of London website including designated disabled parking bays.
Goldsmiths' Hall is accessible including:
- Step-free access
- 1 Wheelchair available
- Disabled toilet
- Hearing loops available
Please let us know in advance if you require assistance by emailing email@example.com.
Will food be provided?
We will provide a light lunch and tea and coffee at the start of the conference and during the afternoon break.
Unfortunately we are unable to allow delegates to bring their own lunch onto the premises.