From Susan Noble, PhD candidate at TED:
TRIP ‘was an international symposium exploring the role and relevance of traditional ‘hand skills’ in contemporary textiles, and the value and status of craft process.’ It was organized by the Textile Research Group at the School of the Arts, Loughborough University
, November 2011. The presentations were diverse in range and scope, exploring the key themes without digressing from the focus. A significant theme was the trace of the hand, the presence of the maker: ‘The hand-made has acquired a new value and respect in recent years’.
This was not at the exclusion of new technology but presenters explored working with technology though planned disruption to generate intended inconsistencies, to reference the hand-made. It was interesting to hear discussion of the value of handmade as a process beyond the outcome and the relationship of process to product, particularly evident in the presentations by Josephine Steed and Angharad Thomas. Emma Shercliff echoes this in her examination of ‘the experience of the maker’ and looked at craft from a different perspective to the Sennett model, which was referenced by other speakers.
An important part of the event, like so often, was the opportunity to mix with like-minded people, exchange ideas and information and feel both validated and ‘at home’ – TRIP presented a germane view of the value of craft, that positioned it’s status as an activity of far more worth than can be measured by outcome alone.
Mike Press – Handmade Knowledge, March 25th 2011 from Textiles Environment Design on Vimeo
The recent lecture given by Mike Press that we hosted here as part of the TFRC Sustainable Textiles Seminars
is now available as a Podcast, also available here
We are also in the process of editing and preparing recordings from speakers who were part of our IMPACT series this year – this included the founders of AO Textiles, Amy Twigger Holroyd from Keep & Share and Cyndi Rhoades from Worn Again.
We hosted Prof. Mike Press last Friday for the TFRC Sustainable Textiles seminar series. We had a great turn out with over 100 people attending. Titled ‘Handmade Knowledge’, Mike talked about the value of craft, as not only being embedded in the finished object, but in knowledge of processes, materials and ways of thinking that can be applied to other contexts and disciplines.
He talked in the context of the current university and government cuts, where most emphasis is being put on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and the value and strength of ‘soft’ subjects like craft. He showed how craft defies this ‘soft’ label by highlighting the work of crafts people who had radically impacted on culture through their thinking and making. A podcast of Mike’s talk with his presentation will be available soon once we have finished editing.
We are very excited to announce that one of our design and craft thinking heroes Prof. Mike Press, is coming to speak at Chelsea College of Art & Design, as part of the TFRC Sustainable Textiles Research Seminar series. It will be an Open Lecture titled ‘Hand-made Knowledge’ on 25th March in the Lecture Theatre, 2 – 3pm.
Mike is Associate Dean of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and has written and researched widely on design, innovation, contemporary craft and the management of creativity.
He has authored three books, including The Design Agenda: a Guide to Successful Design Management and The Design Experience.
His research and writing spans three areas: design and crime, the future of craft, and co-design. He is also an experienced supervisor and examiner of PhDs in design, and has been an advocate of practice-based approaches to design research.
Most recently he has been involved in a scoping project to develop a design school in Rwanda.
Image left: Mike Press
Image right: Kntted Remotes, Hazel White