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Make:Shift 2016

Make:Shift 2016 took place on the 10 and 11 November 2016 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

A packed two-day event, Make:Shift in 2016 was attended by over 250 people and presented the work of 55 leading specialists, practitioners and experts from the fields of craft, design, science, engineering, technology, medicine and manufacturing.

The programme included dynamic panel discussions, interviews, keynote presentations, and research workshops that questioned, investigated and pushed the boundaries of craft in the 21st century.


It demonstrated the distinctive characteristics of craft and unveiled how makers collaborate and catalyse innovation in other sectors and industries. The practices presented span robotics, smart materials, bio design, connected wearables alongside more traditional craft disciplines. Highlights included:

  • Keynote presenters, materials scientist Mark Miodownik and futures researcher Caroline Till sharing their insight on materials in relation to human culture and the future of making.
  • Designer Craig Dunlop joined us from Cape Town to present The Employable Nation project, a 25-day course designed to stimulate young people’s interest in the art of making.
  • Journalist Lucy Siegle hosted the session on sustainability that explored systems for a more environmentally sustainable future.
  • Six fast-paced presentations over breakfast that exposed the stories behind a dress made from mushroom mycelium, liquid lighting, 3D printed hearts and robotics that communicate feelings.
  • Handling sessions with the Process and Material Innovation Collection from Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.
  • An evening drinks reception accompanied by live music performance by Manchester Camerata of Mr Babbage is Coming to Dinner!, a Barry Guy composition with visual score based on drawings for Charles Babbage's Calculating Engine, celebrating links between craft, textiles and computing.

Each of the sessions is detailed in the drop down menu below, including documentary footage of some of the talks.

Opening, Closing & Keynotes

Welcome by Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council

Rosy Greenlees is executive director of the Crafts Council. With a background in the visual arts, Rosy has worked in a number of senior cultural management roles. She is currently president of World Crafts Council Europe, a member of the cross-parliamentary Skills Commission and the UK Trade and Investment’s Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and is a fellow of the RSA. @r_greenlees

Setting the scene: Innovation in and through craft, Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council

Annie Warburton is creative director at the Crafts Council where she leads on exhibitions, education, innovation and research. Annie began her career on exhibitions at the Crafts Council of Ireland, and went on to write for a US publisher and launch a digital start-up. Returning to the UK after a decade in Dublin, she was CEO at ArtsMatrix and most recently head of partnerships at Creative Skillset where she led projects with the BBC, Channel 4 and British Fashion Council expanding apprenticeships in the media, fashion and textiles industries. Annie is an associate of Newnham College, Cambridge and a governor of William Tyndale School. @anniebonne

Keynote: Materials in relation to human culture, Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials & Society, UCL

Mark Miodownik is professor of Materials & Society at UCL, author and broadcaster, and regularly presents BBC TV programmes on materials. He received his PhD in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Europe and the UK. For more than 15 years Mark has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is director and runs the research programme. He is author of Stuff Matters, a New York Times bestselling book, which won the Royal Society Winton Prize in 2014 and the US National Academies Communication Award in 2015. @markmiodownik

Keynote: The future of making and materials, Caroline Till, Co-founder and Director, FranklinTill 

Caroline Till is co-founder and director of futures research studio FranklinTill and editor of Viewpoint magazine. FranklinTill research and publish future thinking on design, colour, and materials, working with brands and institutions such as UAL, Channel 4 and IKEA to translate how design and material innovation can impact positive change. Pioneering the Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins four years ago, Caroline has been contributing worldwide on the subject of sustainable design practices, design innovation, and future materials. @FranklinTill

Closing Remarks by Geoffrey Crossick, Chair of the Crafts Council

Geoffrey Crossick is chair of the Crafts Council. A historian and distinguished professor of humanities in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, he was previously vice-chancellor of the University of London, warden of Goldsmiths, and chief executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Board. He was director of the AHRC’s Cultural Value project, which explored the benefits of cultural engagement to individuals and society, and the methods by which those can be understood. Its report, Understanding the value of arts and culture, was published in April 2016. A member of various boards in the higher education and cultural sectors, he speaks in the UK and internationally on higher education and research strategy, the importance of the arts and humanities, and the creative and cultural sectors. @geoffcrossick

Speaker Space Host: Ghislaine Boddington is the co-founder and creative director of www.bodydataspace.net, Women Shift Digital, and is reader in Digital Immersion at the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts, University of Greenwich. Ghislaine has been working internationally for over 25 years, advocating the use of the entire body as a digital interaction canvas. Ghislaine has curated, commissioned and consulted on projects, leading several multi-partner EU projects, to enable wider public access to the debate on human machine interfaces. She has in-depth expertise in body responsive technologies, immersive experiences and interactive interfaces, focusing on the blending of the virtual and the physical. Most recently she curated the Future Love theme at Nesta’s FutureFest and The Games Europe Plays exhibition series for EUNIC in 2016. @bodydataspace

Conversation Space Host: Grant Gibson is a UK-based design, craft, and architecture writer, currently the editor of Crafts, contributing editor to the Dutch architecture title MARK and a regular columnist at Onoffice. Grant’s work has been published in The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME and Dwell, among others. Grant has been editor of Blueprint, deputy editor of FX, acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal and the launch editor of the London Design Festival Guide. In 2011 Grant was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art.

Theme1 - Social Innovation

Wider access to new materials and processes, digital tools and manufacturing affords new ways of making and distributing products. We have seen the development of online platforms for design and manipulation of objects, as well as physical networks that create making-conscious communities and build greater awareness of the social impact of craft. In these networks collaboration is key. It is found in the open exchange of skills and knowledge and in the active, creative participation of the community. In this context, makers explore and experiment, facilitating social change by developing new systems for sharing skills.In this session, we look at making skills in relation to social innovation. How are skills learnt and exchanged? How are things made and distributed? Who is making them? What are the systems that create making-conscious communities and allow for further collaboration?

Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and Dark Matter Labs, senior innovation associate with the Young Foundation and visiting professor at the University of Sheffield. He is an advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation. Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the Hub Launchpad Accelerator, as well as working with large global multinationals and institutions to support their transition to a positive systems economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc and opendesk.cc. @indy_johar

Liz Corbin is the resident doctoral researcher at the Institute of Making, University College London. Liz’s research explores the emergence of open workshops in Britain, investigating the materials, processes and cultures of practice indicative of this new and ever-fluid sector. She specifically looks to decipher what roles they are playing within the evolution of urban manufacturing ecosystems and landscapes for production. Her work has included founding the Open Workshop Network as well as co-founding Maker Assembly, and she has helped to shape the debate around makerspaces and maker culture in Britain. @_ECorbin

Craig Dunlop is the founder of the social enterprise, Workspace, based in his home town of Hout Bay, South Africa. Workspace is an open-access makerspace focused on providing a platform for knowledge and skills exchange across social, cultural and generational divides. Craig trained as a horticulturist and landscape designer and spent 15 years designing and building residential gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. In 2004 he was asked to provide a suitable social responsibility programme for a visiting international high school, which became an immersive experience where students got their hands dirty, created, built and connected with each other. Craig realised the need for a permanent facility where this process could take place on a local level and so Workspace was established in 2013. www.justdiy.co.za

Arno Verhoeven is lecturer in the School of Design and director of the postgraduate Product Design MA/MFA programme at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently a doctoral candidate with the Design Group, Open University (UK), where his thesis examines the roles prototypes play in producing design knowledge across diverse teams of stakeholders. @hey_arno

Bettina Nissen has recently been appointed research associate in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh following an AHRC-funded PhD in Digital Media at Newcastle University. Bettina’s design-led research explores how we can engage with data through digital fabrication and tangible data translations. @bettinanissen

Since 2014, Arno and Bettina have been collaborating on research developing the understanding of tacit knowledge practices, notably through the development of the Archive of Skill.

Theme 2 - Sustainability

In addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability, two characteristic qualities of craft – deep material specialisation and a problem solving mindset – are often employed to produce solutions. Makers have an inherent interest in the provenance of their materials and are unafraid to experiment with new materials or develop new systems for production. Meanwhile, the design industry is seeking ways to utilise its by-products and manufacturing waste. In the field of bio-design, makers are engaging with organic materials and living technologies, observing nature and adopting sustainable patterns and structures to develop solutions. Craft invites us to question and revisit our relationship with our environment: the problem of resource scarcity is met with ingenuity, whilst an attention to quality in making makes sustainable products more desirable. In this session we explore such solutions and their scalability. How is making with living systems different to making with natural materials? What are makers’ responsibilities for ethically sourced materials and what are the ethical implications of their designs?

Lucy Siegle is a journalist, author and broadcaster who specialises in ecological and ethical lifestyle matters. She writes an ethical living column for The Observer, and is author of Green Living in the Urban Jungle and co-author of A Good Life. Lucy is a regular television commentator on environmental issues, and has been seen in guest slots on BBC Breakfast, Newsnight and Live Earth, as well as being a regular contributor to The One Show. She is co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth, an initiative to have sustainable fashion at international events. @lucysiegle

Maurizio Montalti’s practice, Officina Corpuscoli, seeks to reveal unorthodox relationships among existing paradigms. Maurizio holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Bologna (Italy) as well as a Masters in Conceptual Design in Context from the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands). He is co-founder of Mycoplast, a company focused on industrial scale-up of mycelium based materials, services and products and is currently co-heading the MAD Master (Materialisation in Art and Design) at Sandberg Institute, as well as teaching, lecturing and mentoring in different national and international academies and universities. Strongly rooted in a collaborative, research-based and experimental approach, Maurizio’s work tends toward the exploration of design discipline, aiming to investigate and reflect upon contemporary culture. @corpuscoli

Nat Hunter is strategic director of Machines Room, is on the board of CAST and Blackhorse Workshop, and is a consultant to the Royal College of Art on the Future of Makespaces in the Redistributed Manufacturing research project. From 2012 to 2014 she was co-director of Design at the RSA, which included heading up the RSA Student Design Awards programme as well as co-founding the Great Recovery project. Before that she spent 14 years as a founding director of Airside, an award-winning cross-platform design agency. Originally a user experience designer, Nat now uses her work to explore ways in which design can have a positive social impact. @redfishnat

Kathryn Fleming is a multi-disciplinary designer exploring the intersections of science, art and technology. She is currently a materials designer at Adidas, contributing to building their 'FutureCraft' design ethos through engaging in material development and production processes as opportunities for storytelling. By examining and questioning traditional approaches to design, she researches and speculates about alternative models of creating, from bio-engineering to micro-manufacturing. Focusing on materials and process as a critical means of storytelling, she frequently crosses the barriers between craft and industrial manufacturing to build narratives that engage viewers in new and fascinating worlds. Kathryn holds a bachelor's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master's degree in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art. @ZooFutures

Theme 3 - Healthcare and Wellbeing

A focus on the body and skilled manipulation of materials are among the characteristics shared by craft and healthcare professionals. Experience of working with small-scale tools has seen jewellers developing surgical implants, while similarities in the use of tools, precision of method, and understanding of the body can be observed in surgery and tailoring. It is the maker’s understanding of the body that supports the development and adaptation of existing technologies to often more aesthetic and usable solutions. Moreover, it is the human, emotional values of craft that encourage mindful engagement with materials and a sense of agency from creating that can enhance mental wellbeing. This panel looks at the application of making skills in health industries. How are makers collaborating with medical professionals and scientists? What are the common materials and processes and what skills are shared between these fields?

Jeremy Myerson is a writer and academic. He holds the Helen Hamlyn chair of Design at the Royal College of Art and is a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. He is best known as co-founder of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA, through which he pioneered the practice of inclusive design for ageing and healthcare; as the author of a number of influential books on design, craft and architecture; and as the founding-editor of Design Week magazine, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. He is currently working on the launch of the Work Tech Academy, a global knowledge network on the future of work, and on the New Old exhibition that will open at the Design Museum in Kensington, London in January 2017.

Sarah Kettley is reader in Relational Design at Nottingham Trent University, working across disciplines to develop design methodologies for embedded technologies. Elaine Fell, Haley Berry and Josie Collier are volunteers at Mind and co-researchers with Sarah on the Internet of Soft Things (IoSofT) project. This project asked what a person-centred approach to participatory design would look like, and introduced mental health service users to a vision of the future enabled by networked textile interfaces. Haley is the community engagement officer at Bassetlaw Mind, raising awareness of mental health conditions and practices across services. Josie has experience in the industrial telecommunications industry and now works with Elaine to deliver e-textile workshops for mental wellbeing in Bassetlaw and Mansfield.

Matthew Howard is a lecturer at the Centre for Robotics Research, Dept. Informatics, King's College London, and has previously worked at the University of Tokyo and the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained his PhD sponsored by the EPSRC and Honda Research. He is internationally recognised in the fields of robotics and autonomous systems, statistical machine learning and adaptive control. His current interests include machine learning applied to robotic and wearable technologies, especially soft robotic skill learning from imitating human muscle control strategies. @mhoward3210

Paul Sohi is a product designer and Fusion360 expert for Autodesk. Having studied architecture and infrastructure planning, he then moved into working for himself, setting up a company that championed 3D printing technologies, working on art installations, music videos, product design and technical innovations in the 3D printing industry. Now Paul works with other product designers under the Autodesk banner to help start-ups develop and realise their ideas. Paul specialises in prosthetic design and Open Source hardware design, having created the world’s first 3D-printed performance prosthetic used at the Rio Paralympics 2016. @fuseps  

Maker Breakfast

Ann Marie Shillito is founder/CEO of Anarkik3D, a software development company. A jeweller/designer maker and research fellow at Edinburgh College of Art (1999-2007), her comprehension of ‘touch’ facilitated an investigation into virtual touch (haptic) technologies as an interface for designing digitally in 3D. This know-how has coalesced into creating more natural experiences for 3D modelling in digital environments. Particularly for creatives who struggle with CAD this is an enjoyable, pain-free way to access 3D printing technologies. A current collaboration, funded by Innovate UK, develops hapticated programmes to enhance learning in hard-to-teach STEAM subjects in schools. @AnarkyMarie

Richard Arm is Flexural Composites research fellow at Nottingham Trent University. His role entails steering several live defence medicine projects, funded by the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. This primarily involves the development of a thoracic trauma trainer. Expanding on his 2014 masters thesis, which earned a graduation with distinction, Richard is continuing the theme of biological simulations during his part-time PhD. In 2013 Richard led a small group of experts in creating an experimental abdominal trainer to help teach implant techniques to international trainee surgeons. @Richardarm1 

Les Bicknell has an extensive history of making that explores the concept of ‘bookness’. The hybrid nature of the book form has led to undertaking an extensive range of commissions and exhibitions. His work can be found in numerous public and private international collections. A desire to collaborate underpins his work, evidenced by his engagement with a range of socially engaged residencies. Teaching formally within art colleges informs his practice. Currently Les is working within the NanoDTC at the Maxwell Centre, Cambridge University, connecting with scientists over very small but important things. @BicknellLes

Aniela Hoitink studied fashion design at the Utrecht School of Arts and has worked for various fashion companies. In 2004 she launched NEFFA, a textile innovation company that does things just that bit differently. Through her inter-disciplinary way of working and by altering or adding properties to textiles, Aniela is investigating how we could use textiles in the future and what the implications will be. Using technology and microbiology, she looks at textiles as an extension of the skin. She is on a quest to improve or change the properties of traditional textile materials, driven by the exploration of their multifunctional layers. @neffa_nl

Hideki Yoshimoto studied aero-astro engineering at the University of Tokyo, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, and carried out PhD research at the Royal College of Art, with an interest in motion as an element of design. In 2015, after completing his PhD, Hideki founded Tangent Design and Invention Ltd in London. He leads the team's creative activities utilising his inter-disciplinary knowledge. He has won several awards in both engineering and design, including the Lexus Design Award and Red Dot Design Concept Best of the Best Award. @tangent_uk

Caroline Yan Zheng is a designer and researcher in fashion, wearable tech and experience design. Trained at ESMOD Paris in fashion design and making, she holds an MA in Fashion Future from the London College of Fashion. Currently she is conducting practice-led doctoral research at the Royal College of Art, London, in information experience design and fashion. Caroline’s research explores the sensorial properties of soft robotic materials to communicate feelings. She focuses on experimental affective robotics, catalysing debate on empathy mediated by robotics. @_caroline6868

The Maker Breakfast is sponsored by Digits2Widgets and introduced by Jonathan Rowley, design director. Digits2Widgets is a leading 3D printing, 3D scanning and CAD design studio based in central London. www.digits2widgets.com @Digits2Widgets

Panel Discussions

Parallel Practices: Learning through Making


Lucy Sollitt works part time at Arts Council England, leading on creative media for the London Office. Lucy works across the arts, creative and technology sectors to develop projects aimed at advancing artistic practice and supporting arts organisations to utilise and explore the impact of digital technologies. Alongside this, Lucy is associate for Rhizome, at the New Museum New York, and is currently writing a snapshot of art & tech practice for the British Council. Lucy is also working with artists to research models of production and retail. She has previously worked at Tate Modern, Royal Society of Arts, and Design for London, and is a Clore fellow. @itsownlight


John Grayson makes narrative-based automata utilising craft skills rooted in the traditions of defunct industrial metal manufactories of Birmingham and the Black Country. His work utilises the lost making skills and technology of these trades, creating craftwork that satirises modern-day society. From 1997 to 2006 he produced printed tin automata. Over this period his work was exhibited widely, including at Chelsea and Origin Craft Fairs, Contemporary Applied Arts, and the Hamburg Museum of Arts and Crafts. In 2016 he received a Crafts Council Parallel Practices residency at King’s College London, using the opportunity to explore combining analogue and digital technologies in his work. @jgraysondesign

Matthew Howard is a lecturer at the Centre for Robotics Research, Dept. Informatics, King's College London, and has previously worked at the University of Tokyo and the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained his PhD sponsored by the EPSRC and Honda Research. He is internationally recognised in the fields of robotics and autonomous systems, statistical machine learning and adaptive control. His current interests include machine learning applied to robotic and wearable technologies, especially soft robotic skill learning from imitating human muscle control strategies. @mhoward3210

Shelley James trained in textiles in Paris before pursuing a career in corporate design. She discovered a passion for glass during an MA in printmaking, fascinated by the way this everyday material can play tricks on the eye and brain. She developed these ideas through a PhD at the Royal College of Art working closely with psychologists and neurologists. As well as projects arising from the Parallel Practices project, she is also working with a team of chefs and psychologists, an architect and an x-ray crystallographer, a composer and an acoustic engineer. @shelleyjglass

Riccardo Sapienza is a lecturer in physics at King’s College London. Fascinated by the science of light, he investigates how to trap optical waves in nanoscale photonic architectures. He holds a PhD from LENS, the European Laboratory for Non‐Linear Spectroscopy (Italy) and Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, ENS (France). Before joining King’s he worked at the ICMM Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid and ICFO, the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. Currently he is working on miniaturised and biocompatible lasers and on new methods to control single photon sources in photonic networks. @r1cc4rd0

Augmented Bodies and Prosthetic Devices


Andrew Sleigh is a researcher and writer, maker and producer. He runs the studio programme at Lighthouse, Brighton, and is a co-founder of Brighton Mini Maker Faire, the festival of DIY technology and creativity, and of event series Maker Assembly. Andrew is one of the authors of Nesta’s 2015 research report mapping the UK’s makerspaces and is currently working with the University of Westminster on their European research project, Digital DIY. He is the host of podcast series and radio show Looking Sideways in which he interviews makers, thinkers and critics about the role of craft, handwork and manufacturing in contemporary society. His interest is in making and grassroots innovation, from the maker movement, through craft, to hardware start-ups and manufacturing. @andrewsleigh


Hannah Perner-Wilson’s work combines conductive materials and craft techniques to develop new styles of building electronics that emphasise materiality and process. Hannah received a BSc in Industrial Design from the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz and MSc in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where she was a student in the High-Low Tech research group. Her thesis work focused on developing, documenting and disseminating a Kit-of-No-Parts approach to building electronics. Since 2006, Hannah has been collaborating with Mika Satomi, forming the collective KOBAKANT. In 2009 they published an online database titled How To Get What You Want, where they share their textile sensor designs and DIY approach to e-textiles. @openPlusea

Graham Pullin is a designer and senior lecturer in Interaction Design and Product Design at DJCAD, University of Dundee. Previously he headed a studio at the design consultancy IDEO and studied at Oxford University and the Royal College of Art. Graham’s PhD, 17 ways to say yes, explored tone of voice in augmented communication. His book Design meets Disability argues that disability-related design needs more art school-trained designers, contributing not only their skills but also their sensibilities. His current research includes Hands of X, exploring materials and prosthetic hands with wearers, designers and makers. @grahampullin

Mika Satomi is a designer and artist exploring the fields of e-textiles, interaction design and physical computing in her artistic practices. She has recently completed her guest professorship at the Weissensee Art Academy Berlin. She has worked as a researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles and at Distance Lab, Scotland. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Tokyo Zokei University, and MA in Media Creation from IAMAS, Japan. Since 2006 Mika has collaborated with Hannah Perner-Wilson, forming the collective KOBAKANT creating artistic projects in the field of e-textiles and wearable technology art.

Kaunas Biennial: Tactile Experiences with Smart Textiles and Electronics


Neringa Stoskute is an independent contemporary art and design curator, PhD student at Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania) and part of the Kaunas Biennial team. Since completing her MA in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University in 2011, Neringa has worked with London-based cultural institutions, such as the Design Museum, Crafts Council and Garden Museum, as well as a small commercial gallery in North London. In 2013 Neringa was accepted onto the PhD programme at Vytautas Magnus University. Her thesis in the museum studies field is due for completion in 2017. In 2013 Neringa joined the Kaunas Biennial team and in 2015 she became the audience development manager for Kaunas Biennial curating the educational programme. @KaunasBiennial


James Bulley is an artist and composer whose practice explores spatial sound composition through installation and sculpture. He has shown and performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and the Natural History Museum. His work has been featured by the BBC, ITV, Nature and The Guardian. In 2015 he exhibited a new installation in his series Tactus at the Kaunas Biennial, exploring the creation of a direct art form for the blind and visually impaired. In both 2013 & 2015 he was nominated for British Composer of the Year with the artist Daniel Jones as Jones/Bulley, and in 2014 the duo toured the acclaimed forest-based sound installation Living Symphonies. James is a member of the New Radiophonic Workshop and a current doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. @JJBulley

Myrto Karanika holds a PhD in Textiles from the Royal College of Art. Her creative practice touches upon a variety of fields such as responsive art, textile design, sound art and biology. Combining soft technologies with traditional craft processes she creates responsive installation pieces that examine aspects of perceptual activity and bodily engagement mainly within the context of spatial experience. Myrto has exhibited in a variety of contexts across the UK and internationally in venues like the SESI Gallery, MIAT Museum, MK Čiurlionis National Art Museum, MIDAC Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, Shunt and The Horse Hospital among others.

Myrto’s and James’ work was first presented at Kaunas Biennial 2015 in the framework of the European project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS, which is sponsored by the EU programme Creative Europe.

Digital Technologies in Craft Education 


David Grimshaw is programme leader for MA/MSc Product Design at Manchester School of Art and was previously programme leader for BA (Hons) 3-Dimensional Design. Based in Manchester, David established himself as a freelance design consultant for contract furniture, designing ranges for top-end UK manufactures, before returning to teach at Manchester School of Art in 1997. Informed by his background as a material-led furniture designer for manufacture, and his teaching across craft and production design programmes, he is investigating the relationship between digital design and material making. Focusing his investigations on CNC (computer numerically controlled) routing and the milling of wooden bowls, he explores the potential for craft material informing a more sensitive and exploratory use of CNC tools in the physical act of digital making.


Drummond Masterton is head of Sustainable Product Design at Falmouth University, Cornwall. He trained as a 3D designer at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen and undertook postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art, London. His digitally designed and manufactured craft pieces draw inspiration from extreme landscapes, geometry and pattern making. Drummond utilises computer numerically controlled milling machines as craft tools to create one-off artefacts, manipulating and subverting these industrial tools and software in order to create controlled, intricate surface textures and patterns. His work has been exhibited around the world including Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Republic of Korea 2015; Matter1, Dovecott, Edinburgh 2010; Labcraft, Crafts Council, 2010-12; Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London 2009-15; and Jerwood Contemporary Makers, London 2008. Drummond has work in national collections, including the Royal Scottish Museum, Crafts Council Collection, Shipley Museum and Ironbridge Gorge Museum. @d_masterton

Sarah O’Hana is a jeweller based in Manchester and until recently, senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Lincoln. Sarah trained as a jewellery designer at Loughborough University College of Art and Design and received her PhD in laser processing on titanium from The University of Manchester's School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. During her time as course director of the Jewellery and Object programme at the University of Lincoln she created a new space for imaginative practice, the Maker Lab, where she encouraged other disciplines such as architecture, engineering, graphic design and conservation to use the fully equipped studios for the cross-pollination of ideas, materials and inspiration. She continues to work as a jeweller and curator with a specific interest in using materials to deliver new information to different audiences. @OHanaCoUk

Two- and Three- Dimensional Fabrics 


Imogen Greenhalgh is assistant editor of Crafts. In the past she has written on art and design for publications including Aesthetica, Monocle, Vice and Sleek, and overseen editorial for a European digital heritage project based at the British Library. Before working as a writer, she completed an AHRC-funded MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature at UCL. @craftsmagazine


Mark Beecroft is a senior lecturer in Textiles in Practice at the Manchester School of Art MMU. As a member of the Design Research Group, Mark works at the intersection of textile innovation and new materiality, applying a textiles approach to technologies such as 3D printing. Mark is interested in how digital fabrication and hand-crafted techniques can be integrated in the design process. He has recently started a PhD titled Interlooped: an investigation into how the primary structures of knit can enhance and inform the production of 3D printed textile material.

Jane Scott works as a senior teaching fellow at The University of Leeds leading studio practice modules and lecture programmes within BA Textile Design. She is a constructed textile designer whose work incorporates programmable and responsive textile systems, knitted fabric design, knit technology and biomimicry. Jane has recently completed her PhD titled Programmable Knitting at Central Saint Martins within the Textile Futures Research Centre. A fascination with materials is fundamental to her practice and current work explores the potential for natural fibres to exhibit ‘smart’ functionality.

Oluwaseyi Sosanya is a designer and engineer currently based in London. He is a graduate of Innovation Design Engineering, a joint masters course at The Royal College of Arts and Imperial College London. Oluwaseyi’s work spreads across craft, design, mass production and sustainability, producing innovation through combining all four. He is passionate about traditional forms of making, current mass production practices, and bringing delight through unique user interactions. @Sosa_Fresh

Making Meanings: The Cultural Role(s) of Makerspaces 

Daniel Charny is director of From Now On, a creative and cultural consultancy based in London. He is best known for curating the influential exhibition Power of Making at the Victoria & Albert Museum and increasingly as co-founder and director of Fixperts, a creative social platform and design education programme. Previous roles include creative director of the British Council’s Maker Library Network and founding director of the Central Research Laboratory. Deeply involved in design education and research for over two decadesDaniel is professor of design at Kingston University and honorary senior research fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum. @danino

Hannah Fox is project director for Derby Museums, leading the re-development of Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory, as a new Museum of Making. By embedding co-production and human-centred design methodologies into a major capital development, citizen curators and makers are at the heart of the £17m project to ‘make’ the Museum of Making. This project features in several national and international publications, including Nina Simon’s latest book The Art of Relevance. Hannah is a fellow of National Arts Strategies Creative Communities, a global network of cultural and social entrepreneurs. She also mentors staff and organisations working in cross-sector projects for social impact. @hannahfox


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Special thanks to:

Carole Collet, Andy Hutt, Alice Kettle, Roger Kneebone, Tom Metcalfe, Lynn Murray and Beatrice Pembroke. The space and session hosts, all speakers, presenters and panellists. Crafts Council staff and volunteers from Manchester Metropolitan University.


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Creative partners:

  • Kaunas Biennial
  • Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester School of Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Maker Assembly
  • Machines Room


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