CAMEo - Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies

CAMEo craft cultures

8-11 November 2016

CAMEo Craft Cultures is a week of events exploring the contemporary significance of craft. Objects made in traditional or non-mechanised ways have recently gained in visibility and currency, from the handmade crafts on Etsy to the ever-changing selections of craft beers in micropubs. The significance of craft is bound up in ideas and ideals of craft as skilfulness and the power of ingenuity, the transformative potential of pleasure in making, and the desire and satisfaction associated with doing things well. But celebratory discussions of craft also require a critical examination of the limitations and co-optation of craft’s radical potential within hegemonic systems of production and consumption, and of the difficult realities of making a living through craft and reviving craft skills in everyday life.

CAMEo Craft Cultures welcomes researchers, teachers, students, makers, artists and practitioners whose personal and professional interests intersect with issues of creativity, artisanal production, creative industries and micro-enterprise, sustainability, and craft as object and practice. Please join us for a stimulating week of events!

Making a Living from Craft

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 3-4pm, University of Leicester Fielding Johnson Building First Floor, LR L67, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH

Aimed at students and staff, this workshop explores aspects of employability in the creative sector and includes a hands-on engagement activity. The workshop draws on Ruth’s experience of crafting a varied portfolio career whilst also developing one’s own creativity. It includes challenges and activities to get your creative brain thinking too.

Ruth Singer is a local textile artist, sewing writer, tutor and arts and heritage consultant. She began her working life in the museum and gallery sector and set up her creative business in 2005. She has exhibited widely including a solo exhibition at the National Centre for Craft & Design in 2015 and in 2016 won the Fine Art Quilt Masters prize. She has run arts projects with museums and schools, written three books and co-ordinates support and development projects for artists and makers.

There is no registration for this free event.

Contemporary Crafts and Textiles Research

Research Networking Event
Wednesday 9 November 2016, 10-4pm. Please note change of venue - now at College Court, University of Leicester (Knighton Road, Leicester, LE23UF)

This one day interdisciplinary symposium brings together researchers interested in aspects of crafts and textiles in the contemporary context, including amateur craft making (e.g. sewing, dressmaking, knitting, crocheting) as well as (micro) craft enterprises, craftivism, historical craft research, craft groups and communities in a digital context. The day offers an informal opportunity to share research and make connections with others with similar interests.

A Conversation on Craft Culture

Keynote Speech and reception
Wednesday 9 November, 5-7pm, LCB Depot (31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE)

Featuring international experts in the field, this keynote event discusses craft across the divide between the everyday and the professional. Kate Fletcher, Susan Luckman and Nicola Thomas will explore ordinary practices and use of craft, implications for sustainability in the fashion sector, examinations of craft work and craft micro-economies.

Kate Fletcher is Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at London College of Fashion and author of Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion. Her work is both rooted in nature’s principles and engaged with the cultural and creative forces of fashion and design. Kate’s original thinking and progressive outlook has shaped the field of fashion, textiles and sustainability with design thinking.

Susan Luckman is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of South Australia and author of Craft and the Creative Economy. She studies the intersections of culture, place and creativity, especially in relation to creative and cultural industries, digital media, and grassroots innovation. Susan has published a wide range of academic and policy publications on cultural work, creative industries and creative micro-entrepreneurialism.

The discussant will be Nicola Thomas, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and expert on the geographies of craft and the creative economy.

Craftivism Talk and Workshop

Thursday 10 November 2016
Talk, 12-1pm, Astley Clarke Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester
Workshop, 2-5pm, CAMEo Research Institute (7 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH).

The talk by Sarah Corbett (Craftivist Collective) will discuss the use of craft as a tool for activism and social justice and highlights some of Sarah’s many exciting craftivist projects.

The workshop (limited to 15 places) will explore craftivist responses to gender equality in the workplace and provide participants with tools for launching successful craftivist campaigns.

Sarah Corbett is the founder of global social enterprise and community Craftivist Collective. She has been producing projects, craftivism kits and tools for individuals and groups around the world as well as working with and consulting for art institutions, educational institutions and charities to deliver an effective, kind, quiet, slow and beautiful form of activism she calls "gentle protest" using craft.

Public talk: 12noon – 1pm
Open to all on a first come, first serve basis. Get in quick to this exciting talk!

Workshop: 2pm – 5pm
Participation is limited to 15 people.

Craft Drinks

Research Networking Event
Friday 11 November, 10-4pm, College Court University of Leicester (Knighton Road, Leicester, LE23UF).

This one day interdisciplinary symposium brings together researchers interested in the production and consumption of craft drinks including but not limited to natural wine, craft beer, traditional cider and small batch spirits. Participants will consider the meaning of ‘craft and the artisanal’ within the context of their research, identify shared areas of interest, and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

The event is co-organized with the ‘Craft and the Artisanal’ research cluster of the Drinking Studies Network. Participation is limited to invited participants.

CAMEo Craft Cultures is co-organised by Jennifer Smith Maguire and Jessica Bain, for CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies and with additional support from the British Academy and Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migration and Cultural Transformations.

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