Make:Shift the Crafts Council’s innovation conference
Held at Ravensbourne, London, UK 20-21 November 2014. Early bird tickets for Make:Shift conference are available until 5 October.
A surgeon, an expert on robotics in architecture and an inventor of colour-changing fabrics are among the world-leading makers, thinkers and innovators confirmed for the Crafts Council’s first Make:Shift conference this November. Taking place at Ravensbourne in London from 20-21 November 2014, Make:Shift will explore current and future thinking on the role of craft in 21st century production.
Introduced by keynote speakers Martina Margetts and Ammar Mirjan, the conference will be centered on three key themes: Materials, Making and Tools. Other confirmed speakers include: Lauren Bowker, Lizete Druka, Gregory Epps, Mark Champkins, Prof. Roger Kneebone, Knyttan, Dr Julia Lohmann, Mark Miodownik and Gareth Neal.
Comprising panel discussions, presentations and participatory sessions, Make:Shift will look at how advances in materials, processes and technologies are driving new developments in craft practice. It will also consider how these same makers are contributing to innovation in other sectors, including science, engineering, technology, manufacturing and medicine.
Also: Make:Shift:Do - Nationwide, UK 21-22 November 2014 - an accompanying public programme will run from 21-22 November in partnership with the V&A, RSA and Institute of Making. During the weekend, maker spaces across the UK will open their doors to people who wish to try their hand at new forms of craft, from laser cutting to 3D printing.
Martina Margetts is a writer and curator who has spent her entire career engaged with the leading edge of creative practice and innovation. She is Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, where she has specialised in teaching postgraduate and doctoral research students in the applied arts for over twenty years. She was previously Editor of Crafts magazine.
Ammar Mirjan is an architect, a machinist and a maker. His work focuses on the coupling of digital design space and physical fabrication space with robotic systems. After working in different architectural practices, he joined the Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich where he has been exploring robotic material practices with wax, clay, concrete and metal.
Mark Miodownik is an engineer and materials scientist. As Professor of Materials and Society at UCL and Director of the Institute of Making, his research areas include self-assembling materials, self-healing materials and psychophysical properties of materials.
Dr Julia Lohmann is an artist, designer, researcher and educator who creates objects and installations that probe our attitudes towards natural resources and sustainability. Her work is exhibited worldwide and is included in major private and public collections such as the British Council, UK and MoMA, New York.
Mark Champkins is a product designer and the Science Museum’s first “Inventor in Residence”. He draws upon the knowledge and skills of British craftspeople and manufacturers to develop unique products that often showcase intriguing scientific phenomena. These include crockery that utilise self-heating phase change materials and cookware that make use of magnets to both attract and levitate objects.
Lauren Bowker is the founder of The Unseen and creator of several innovative chromic colour-change inks, including the award-winning Carbon emission-sensing PdCl2, which have been used in industries as varied as automotive, medical, textiles and couture. Lauren sits on the Board for the European Council for the Internet of Things.
Lizete Druka is a colour and materials designer in the Jaguar Advanced Design studio, Coventry. While studying at the Royal College, she has also has designed concepts for companies ranging from Audi, Fortnum and Mason, Sabi and others.
Prof. Roger Kneebone is a surgeon and educationalist who leads a multidisciplinary research group of clinicians, computer scientists, design engineers, social scientists, artists, performers and prosthetics experts at Imperial College London.
Gregory Epps is the founder of RoboFold and one of the first people to appropriate robotics for applications in design and architecture. His clients vary from Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster and Partners, to Joris Laarman and BMW and he has taught at over 100 international work-shops and lectures.
Gareth Neal is a furniture designer whose work is positioned at the intersection of technologically led design and traditional craft. He has exhibited internationally from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to the Museum of Art & Design, New York whilst also designing for industry ranging from SCP to the motor industry.
Knyttan is democratising fashion design and manufacture using digital technology. The studio has built a system that lets anyone design their own scarfs, jumpers, ties or blankets through a web browser, without needing to be a fashion designer. Launching to the public this November, it will open a Factory of the Future in the New Wing of Somerset House.
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