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Monday 7 June 2010

Future Craft

Photo of a smiling girl reflected in a lift mirror
This week I'm heading up to Dundee to report on the Prototype 2010 Symposium. Devoted to 'Future Craft', speakers and guests will be discussing the way creative people express their ideas - in particular how they use prototyping to help 'imagine the future'. Many crafters I know always start with prototypes, but me, I like to rush into things. I get bored of testing and just want to get in there and do it. But in industry, products would never come into fruition without being designed and trialled first.

Held at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, part of the University of Dundee, the symposium is supported by the V&A Musuem and Craft Scotland and is part of a wider Craft Festival being held in Scotland.

Topics up for discussion include architecture, fine art, music and studio crafts like jewellery, ceramics and textiles.

It's a packed schedule opening this Wednesday with a screening of craft documentary Handmade Nation followed by a packed Thursday and Friday with all sorts if experts in different fields. I haven't been to a conference/symposium type event in ages so I'm looking forward mingling with other crafty types and learning lots of new things!

I will be updating this blog with live postings from the event so don't forget to check back on Thursday and Friday to find out what's happening!

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