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Make:Shift:Do

A celebration of craft innovation, Make:Shift:Do offers communities, families, children, and young people hands-on experiences of emerging craft technologies, new materials and digital making. Events and projects 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

The Crafts Council is interested in how innovative craft practices can create opportunities for communities, artists and organisations to co-create work. 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 share co-creation models with the makerspace sector.

In 2018/19 we worked with three makerspace partners to deliver co-creation projects. Case studies of each project are downloadable from the sidebar on the right of this page.

  • Harris Museum The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston, wanted to make their Makerspace offer more accessible to people with specific access needs. They worked with Caritas Care’s Futures Xpress (FX) project, a day service offering personalised, individual care and support for individuals with a profound learning or physical disability.
  • Little Sandbox is a community makerspace housed in Norris Green Library, Liverpool. Having run groups and activities for children and young people since 2016, Little Sandbox wanted to develop an activity group for adult members of the community.
  • FabLab Barnstaple opened in 2018 and is hosted by Barnstaple Library. Through their Make:Shift:Do project they wanted to begin working more collaboratively with young people with the aim of young people eventually taking an active decision-making role in the FabLab.

Make:Shift:Do 2019/20

We're seeking three new partner organisations to deliver co-creation action research projects focussing on craft innovation in 2019/20. These projects will build on the three we delivered in 2018/19, contributing to a growing bank of resources about co-creation in makerspace settings.

Make:Shift:Do 2019/20 will aim to:

  • Encourage the development of makerspaces as community hubs and spaces for collaborative problem-solving. Problems should be relevant to, and defined by, those communities
  • Develop models for co-creation projects that have making at their heart— and particularly relate to craft innovation. Share these models with the wider craft and makerspace sector
  • Challenge perceptions of ‘craft’ and illuminate the science and technology inherent in new craft processes; give people from our priority audiences (BAME people; young people; people with disabilities; people from areas of socio-economic deprivation) the chance to gain hands-on experience of innovative craft techniques

Crafts Council will offer successful partner organisations £2000 towards the delivery costs of their project, and provide support and feedback throughout the delivery of the project. Partner organisations will work with us to produce a case study describing the journey of their project, and sharing key successes and challenges.

To download the full brief, with details of how to apply, please click here. The deadline for submissions is 15th September 2019.

Stay in Touch!

We'll be sharing our Make:Shift:Do projects, as well as other brilliant co-creation work from across the sector, at an event in June 2020. To make sure you get an invite and to stay up-to-date with all our work, please email innovation@craftscouncil.org.uk


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