Each edition of the Making Futures journal brings together a spectrum of peer-reviewed and selected speaker responses to the IV edition ‘Making Futures: Return of the Maker…’ headline theme. These contributions are organised through the three Research Workshops, the Digital Crafting Panel, and six Thematic Sessions to which they correspond as downloadable PDF papers with authors appearing in alphabetical order.
1. Sustainability Innovation & Activism
Will explore art, craft and design-to-make as facilitators of change within the context of environmental sustainability.
Silk Purse, Sow’s Ear: Transforming Second-Hand Clothing into Luxury Fashion through Craft Practice
Contemporary Art, Craft and the Politics of Silence
What Prevents People Repairing Clothes? An investigation into community-based approaches to sustainable product service systems for clothing repair
Taking CARE: Building Community Assets through Collaborative Creative-Making
Sustainability, Innovation and Activism
The Doors of Perception: An enquiry into the spirit of place
Dancing with Shadows – Searching for Light
2. Social Innovation & Community Activism
Similar in many respects to ‘Sustainability Innovation & Activism’ above, this thematic will explore the contributions of art, craft and design-to-make to resilient relationship and community building and ethical processes of making and selling, including in relation to indigenous peoples and traditions.
Crafting the Void: Trans-Dimensionality in Digital and Analogue Craft Practice
3. Craft in an Expanded Field
Sennett speaks of the craft of Linux programmers, and Crawford of motorcycle mechanics, while Glenn Adamson announces his concern to be more inclusive of practices beyond the historically categorised boxes of craft in a lecture entitled, ‘Goodbye Craft’. Certainly, it seems that a broader view of practice now represents an important and urgent dimension of our future understanding of the crafts in a sustainably aware late-Modern context.
4. The Post-Fordist Political Economy and Critical Perspectives on Consumerism:
What are the historically informed critical-cultural and economic perspectives that help define the position of the contemporary crafts in relation to the political economies of industrialisation in its Fordist and post-Fordist phases, and to a future in which environmental sustainability becomes a key (if not singularly the key) paradigm?
Urban. Interior. Craft. A World in Making
Ecologies of the Object
Resurgent Homecraft, Design for Resilience, and the Everyday Practices of Sustainable Living
What’s in My Stuff? How sustainable is the mobile phone?
Makers: Hobbyists or a new economic driving force?
Sustainable Luxury: Sustainable crafts in a redefined concept of luxury from contextual approach to case study
Crafting Audience Encounters
Futuring the C Word
5. Translations & Dialogues Across Local-Global Divides
What are the tensions and flows expressed in craft making and craft consumption in the supposedly ‘post-colonial’ contexts of contemporary global capitalism and its possible futures?
The Contribution of Anonymous Artefacts for the Development of Portuguese Design
Craft and Design in Local Development in Catalonia
Neocolonialism in Design for Development
Who Turns the Toys of Channapatna? Indian turned wooden lac ware and the role of Fair Trade in the design and commercialisation of the craft
Crafting Experience in the Work of Daniel Halter
Kiyak Ingin, Asli
Made in Şişhane Project as an Alternative Design Practice for Safeguarding the Craft Neighbourhoods in Istanbul
Language and the Shape of the Worldview
Contemporary Craft and Cultural Sustainability: A case study of the Scottish Craft Centre (1970–1990)
Exploring Models of Design Thinking in Egypt
Exploring Models of Design Thinking in Egypt
6. Materials & Processes of Making – from Traditional Approaches to the Crafts of Advanced Technological Manufactures
Where does craft sit in relation to, on the one hand, the reinvention or repurposing of older technologies and materials, and new emerging materials and media on the other?
7. Re-conceptualising Craft Knowledge & Education
Most will agree that a better future is dependent on whether we can successfully educate our young to appreciate the importance of natural systems, the social structures dependent upon them, and how to live creatively, adapt and innovate, within a context of finite energy and material resources. Yet crafts education in the UK, despite the often-asserted value of learning through purposive engagement with materials, is now considered an ‘Endangered Subject’. How might this dire situation be addressed?
Makers in the Classroom: Knowledge exchange through practice
Putting it into practice: Bridging the gap between learning and doing
Making a Difference: Sustainability in the arts curriculum
The academic dimension in craft education: Anomaly or opportunity?
Building Crafts in the Built Environment
Craft and Affective Domains of Meaning Making: Engaging Hand, Head and Heart for Transformative Sustainability Learning
A Craft State of Mind