New Craft Future Voices

New Craft: Future Voices (2007)* was an international conference and exhibition organised as part of my post-doctoral study called ‘Craft as a Form of Mindful Inquiry‘.**  The processes and outputs were  fundamental aspects of the social learning within the Mindful Inquiry methodology. Taking place over a 18-month period (including pre and post event responsibilities), it offered deep insight into the intellectual dialogues that go with craft practice; multiple forms of craft; the range of traditional and digital methods currently being employed; awareness of the material, technological and cultural aesthetics of craft practice; alternative ways of approaching collaborative and interdisciplinary frameworks; the various ways people discuss and emphasise craft and, the visual impact of craft research as a new form of craft practice.

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A Special Issue of The Design Journal captures the intellectual spirit of the event:   New Craft Future Voices
Proceedings of the conference were also published and can be purchased  here
*New Craft: Future Voices was a three-day event held in 2007 at the University of Dundee, with 45-refereed papers and five keynote speakers. There were 125 delegates from 14 countries and the ‘Future Voices: Celebrating Diversity’ exhibition showcased 27 projects and over 250 pieces of work from 11 countries. The rational and content for the international conference ‘New Craft Future Voices’ can be viewed at www.newcraftfuturevoices.com

** An academic paper detailing the study ‘Craft as a Form of Mindful Inquiry‘ was published by The Design Journal in 2010.

Further information can be found at: www.futurecraft.dundee.ac.uk/
within the section called ‘Practice’. This is a highly visual and Flash based site.

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