The National Festival of Making Conference, 27 April - 11 May 2017

Wednesday 3rd May, 2017
Various locations in Blackburn

In the days preceding the weekend celebration of making Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, D&AD, Central Research Laboratory, Lancashire Business View and others present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners/makers and other businesses

Through a series of Conversations in Creativity talks, Masterclass in Making workshops and Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) seminar discussions, the conference events will address key themes relevant to creative practitioners involved in the maker movement and manufactures. 

Key Themes:

New Global Strategies for the Industry 4.0 Age – The Internationalisation of Innovation:
In spite of easy access to a plethora of publications, courses and specialists in innovation businesses of all sizes often struggle to systemise success.  We take a look at leading and pioneering organisations, and how they make doing new things successfully (and repeatably), across global markets.

Politics of Production:
With shifting political and social boundaries influences on how, where and why things are made are changing rapidly. We will stimulate a debate about the choices a maker (of any scale) has to make today for the products of tomorrow, whilst examining the impact of emerging consumer markets and demand for goods.

The New Consumer:
Are we seeing a generational shift in the behaviors associated with choosing and using a product? We’d like to explore what motivates the new consumer and explore how manufacturers are responding to the challenge.

What went on?

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Design and craft by Alice Rawsthorn

They downed over a million soft drinks and scoffed nearly as many Bath buns, but most of the six million people who trooped into the Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park to visit the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations in the summer of 1851 were drawn there by prize exhibits…

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Charles Hadcock FRBS, Sculptor

Charles Hadcock FRBS studied fine art at the Royal College of Art, London specialising in sculpture and in 2008 was made a fellow of the RBS. Hadcock’s monumental sculpture reflect his interest in geology, engineering and mathematics, and are enriched by references to music and poetry. Because of his abiding interest in engineering and industrial…

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Hugh Miller, Artist

I design and make studio furniture in wood. My studio is in central Liverpool, and my work is influence by a set of Japanese design principles developed during a research study in Japan in 2015. What was your first memory of creativity? Playing with sellotape, cardboard and string in my room to try to make…

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Jamie Holman, Artist, Writer and Lecturer

I work like an archaeologist, digging amongst our collective forgotten and discarded memories, our lost words, and undervalued objects, remaking the images we associate with our communities, hoping that something extraordinary will reveal itself and that unexpected connections and collisions will emerge. The work I make has an aesthetic economy that allows simple formal gestures…

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Hamish Muir, Graphic Designer

Hamish Muir was co-founder of the London-based graphic design studio 8vo (1985-2001), and co-editor of Octavo, International Journal of Typography (1986-92). Since 2001, Muir has been a Lead Tutor (part-time) on the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course at London College of Communication. In 2009, he co-founded MuirMcNeil, a project-based collaborative with Paul McNeil….

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Jane Foster, Designer & Author

Jane Foster is a British textile designer, illustrator, maker and author living and working in Devon with her partner and daughter. Jane creates Scandinavian and retro-inspired designs. By the end of 2017, Jane will have had 17 books published with the majority of these being colourful retro board books for pre-school children. She has also…

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John Grayson, Enameller & Automata Maker

John Grayson specialises in narrative-based metal work. His practice focuses on exploring through craft, the defunct industrial metal forming and decorating processes employed by Victorian tin toy and Georgian enamel manufacturers. By appropriating the aesthetics associated with these industries, he makes contemporary satirical objects, often in response to political events. What was your first memory…

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