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Make:Shift:Do

Make:Shift:Do gives children and young people, and communities the chance to get hands-on with innovative craft. 

Working with makerspaces and fab labs, but also in community settings, Make:Shift:Do actively involves a diverse audience with cutting-edge approaches to making, changing perceptions of the meaning of ‘craft’ and revealing its real world potential. Events across the UK introduce new audiences to 3D printing, laser-cutting, CNC milling, open-source making, electronic textiles, smart materials, digital printing, digital embroidery, robot building, creative coding, and bio design.

This year we're stepping back from our usual festival format to deliver three mini action-research projects exploring how makerspaces and community groups can work together to co-produce projects. We think that, when projects are led by the passions, interests, and concerns of the communities involved, exciting applications for new craft technologies will emerge. We’re interested in learning from the process of delivering these projects in order to develop and test co-creation models which we can then share with the wider community of makerspaces. This year:

  • Harris Makerspace in Preston will develop a programme of activity in collaboration with a new team of community representatives. These ambassadors will be drawn from a pool of community groups which already regularly engage with the makerspace, and will use a hotdesk in the makerspace to work on developing project activity.
  • Little Sandbox in Liverpool will create a new social textiles group based in Norris Green Community Library. They plan to introduce the group to e-textiles processes by collaborating with local artists.
  • Barnstaple Fablab will look at the development of a young volunteers programme.

We'll be sharing the results of our research projects with the broader makerspace community in spring 2019. If you'd like to hear more, email us at participation@craftscouncil.org.uk. We'd also love to hear from you if you're co-producing projects with community groups at your makerspace.


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