To summarise the comments I made in the plenary....
Craft research is too often seen as a poor relation of the 'serious' business of research in design, fine art and the humanities. But the quality, the rigour and the focus of the papers presented at New Craft Future Voices suggests that we have made a breakthrough - which we can build on further. There is significant world-class research being undertaken in craft which we need to disseminate more widely. Personal highlights:
- Methodological diversity and rigour that demonstrates how far craft research has developed in a short period of time.
- Discourses around technology that are critically focussed.
- Socially engaged practices.
- The DIY/craftism analysis.
- Ethnographic explorations of craft practices.
- Creative explorations at the margins of craft - interaction design and industrial applications.
On a personal level - I hugely valued seeing old friends and colleagues, and meeting new ones. I hope to see you again soon. I know that a number of people will be attending Sandra Alfoldy's conference NeoCraft in Canada in November, which promises to be excellent.
This evening I learned of another opportunity. Fancy Japan? Cumulus Kyoto is an international conference on design that is inviting submissions on craft.
I trust that everyone who attended the conference had a safe journey home, and I look forward to further productive and stimulating encounters with you all.