24 February 2012

Crafting the Future

Open, Connected, Collaborative

10th International Conference of the European Academy of Design

17-19 April, 2013
Gothenburg, Sweden

The theme of the conference is designer’s practice knowledge. How can the specific knowledge of designers be brought forward, articulated, made visible and be understood and used in contexts like innovation, business developmente and social change?

The track will reflect on changes in creativity and production, traditionally seen as the province of professional design but now driving new ways to work, socialise, be creative and live across society. This is informing the emergence of novel design scenarios to create products and services (e.g. personal manufacturing, peer production, fablabs, crowd sourcing, collaborative business models) on many levels: people, companies, organisations, institutions, communities.

Design is challenged with new business models, long tail markets, new networked organisations, diffused distribution, non-technological innovation, that are underpinned by new ways to manufacture and design products and services. Creative practitioners are increasingly working both through direct creative input and through facilitating new processes. Design and creativity can in fact rethink and give meaning to tools and technologies that help people connect, understand, share and create. Design is also taking the position of facilitator and enabler where in the past it was a technological gatekeeper.

Although pervasive, this topic is still emerging and being explored, both from an academic perspective (underlining the theoretical bodies that can help such approach emerge), and from the perspective of practitioners (detailing the development of systemic and collaborative projects). Examples can be found in Service Design, Transformation Design, Open Design. Moreover these phenomena are underlining a revolution in work and human relationships, mirroring a move to more distributed, collaborative processes.

Can collaborative practices trigger new business models and new innovation in products and services? How can collaborative making enabled by social technologies be explored/practiced/developed from a design perspective? What are the implications/benefits/impact of collaborative making for design? How may the boundaries and role of design be re-defined? Can designers design collaborative networks?

For any further information please refer to the official website of the conference http://www.craftingthefuture.se

Important dates:
Submission of intention to submit: Until May 15, 2012
Submission of full paper: September 15, 2012
*Notification of acceptance or revision: November 1, 2012
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2012
Conference date: April 17-19, 2013

We are coordinating a track within the above mentioned EAD conference and are inviting submissions on the topic:

20 February 2012

Ideas of the Handmade: Histories and Theories of Making

FREE EVENT :: Friday, 20 April 2012

Contact Dr Catharine Rossi to book your place* - c.rossi@ed.ac.uk

Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh
Hunter Lecture Theatre (O17), Hunter Place,
Lauriston Building, Laurison Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

Conveners: Dr Catharine Rossi and Dr Juliette MacDonald,
Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh

Ideas of the Handmade: Histories and Theories of Making is a one-day seminar devoted to craft. It will bring together a variety of craft-related research and researchers in order to investigate and champion the importance of craft, an area largely marginalised in design history and yet vital to contemporary and historical design culture in terms of practice, production and consumption.

The symposium builds on the recent surge of interest in craft amongst academics, practitioners and the public alike. There is an appetite not just for consuming and producing craft, but also for critical ways of thinking about the handmade. The variety of subjects and arguments at the seminar showcases research by established and emerging voices in thinking about the handmade, whose research moves encompasses both the identification of craft as a set of material-based disciplines as an expanded view of craft as a multiple, shifting concept that exists in relation to art, design and architecture. The papers range from revisitations of historical figures and institutions such as Ernest Gimson and the Dovecot Studios to reflections on the role of craft today in the prototyping and innovation process. Together, the seminar combines historical and contemporary perspectives by both academics and practitioners from a variety of multidisciplinary approaches that will lead to further developments in craft-related design history.

Bringing together independent practitioners and academics based at a variety of institutions including Edinburgh College of Art, the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee, Ideas of the Handmade will showcase and connect the rich variety of craft-related research being conducted in Scotland and will serve as a contribution to ECA's active research culture.

Programme of the day:

9:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:10 - 10:15 Welcome

10:15 - 10:45 Annette Carruthers (Senior Lecturer, School of Art History, University of St Andrews)
''I See More than Difference - I see Opposition': Gimson, Lethaby and the D.I.A'

10:45 - 11:15 Francesca Baseby (PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh & Dovecot Studios)
'Fact or Fiction? The Creation of Dovecot Studios' identity after World War Two'

11:15 - 11:45 Andrea Peach (Lecturer in Contextual and Critical Studies, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.)

11:45 - 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 - 12:30 Katy West (Ceramic Designer)
'Authorship and the Modern Maker'

12:30 - 13:00 Ellie Herring (PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh)
'Furnishing Windows: The Craft of Window Display'

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (provided)

14:00 - 14:30 Dr Nuno Sacramento (Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop)
'The Lost Hand'

14:30 - 15:00 Dr Jessica Hemmings (Head of Context/Deputy Director of Research, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)
'Smart Writing about Smart Textiles'

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45 Dr. Louise Valentine (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design)
'Craft and the Innovation Agenda'

15:45 - 16:15 Arno Verhoeven (Lecturer, Product Design, Stage 1 Coordinator, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh)
'From Concept to Creation. Low-fidelity Prototyping and its Role in Designers' Sense-Making: a protocol analysis.'

16:30 Drinks Reception

Thanks to the generous support of the Design History Society and Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh, the the Day Seminar is open to all and is free to attend. 

*RSVP however is essential as places are limited. Please confirm your place by email to Dr Catharine Rossi (c.rossi@ed.ac.uk)

16 February 2012

Textiles as agent for wellbeing

Duck Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design
Call for Contributions: Volume 3

The first call of the Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design explored what research in this wide field may encompass and began to establish a platform for textile research. (Volume 1) The second call examined an issue in the immediate context, namely the impact of austerity on craft making and fashion design. (Volume 2) This call aims to show how textile research might be a positive factor enabling and facilitating social and personal contexts - an agent for wellbeing. Accepted contributions will be published in Volume 3.

Textiles and wellbeing are intimately connected from physical, psychological and emotional perspectives. The relationship between the two can be perceived and expressed within the contexts of textile making, consumption, use and viewing. They may be activated in both private and communal settings.

The intention of this call is to draw out the links between textiles and wellbeing within a broad range of contexts and from multiple standpoints. We welcome contributions relating to textile research in the following areas:
•    Textiles and physical well-being - innovations in medical, technical, smart and interactive textiles applied within creative or social contexts

•    Textiles and emotional well-being - fashion, wearable textiles engendering sensory responses and changing mood 

•    Textiles and well-being in the built environment - interiors, architecture, colour and tactility 

•    Textiles as agent for sustainable behaviour leading to well-being

•    Textiles as agent of community and communication - therapeutic, communities of practice, alternative learning styles, occupational health, community projects e.g. millennium embroideries, Mardi Gras costumes, communication through communal making 

•    Textiles and memory – textiles and emotional attachment, textiles documenting personal or community events or ceremonies, collecting textiles, textile heirlooms 

Duck: Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design also welcome submissions to previous calls. For details, please see the individual calls for papers in Volume 1 and Volume 2 respectively.

Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2012
Authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission by the end of September 2012.

Submission Instructions:
Contributions may take the form of written texts (maximum 5,000 words), visual essays, a series of images relating to methods (sketchbook style), visual diaries or other methods deemed appropriate. All submissions however, must respond to the call articulating the research question, the research methodology and methods used, conclusions and discussion.

Contributors must present their ideas in an accessible format for Duck's diverse readership of researchers, educators, artists and designers. The Harvard System of referencing should be used.
Images should be 300dpi where possible, embedded in the submission, captioned and referenced. Submissions should be provided in word format.

Please provide your name, affiliation, email address, a title for your submission, an abstract (200 words max) of your contribution and five keywords.

Please send submissions by email to: F.E.Kane2@lboro.ac.uk 
(Maximum file size: 5mb)

Alternatively, please send on disk (CD or DVD) to: 
Dr FE Kane,
DUCK Journal - Textiles Research Group,
Loughborough, University School of Art and Design, Loughborough, Leicestershire,
LE11 3TU 

Copyright: In submitting material to Duck, contributors thereby grant permission for it to be published on the Duck website. Contributors retain copyright of their material and may use it elsewhere after publication in Duck, though we would appreciate it if Duck could be acknowledged as the original source of publication.  Please note that it is the responsibility of contributors to obtain the necessary permissions for reproducing work other than their own.