Join us for the 5,944 Miles Share Events

5,944 miles is the distance, as the crow flies, from Bangkok to Edinburgh. It is the distance Pat and Kom of 141 Social Enterprise were due to travel in spring 2020 as part of their research trip to the UK to visit craft and making social enterprises.

Long-time colleagues of Applied Arts Scotland via our Crafting Futures work with the British Council Thailand, we were very much looking forward to welcoming Pat and Kom to Scotland and introducing them to makers, craftspeople, studios, venues, exhibitions and more.

Of course, plans changed! Whilst the pandemic halted travel, it did not stop creativity or the making community.

Active members of Bangkok’s craft and making community, 141 Social Enterprise design and make by hand sustainable products and toys enabling children to learn from slow-play, develop creative skills and connect with nature.

Krittiya (Pat) and Komgrit (Kom) Trakoontiwakorn,
141 Social Enterprise

We are delighted to be collaborating with 141 to present 5,944 Miles Share, a series of four informal Facebook Live events from July to September 2021. Each event will feature a maker from Thailand and an AAS Member who contributed a Voices of Makers blog, sharing and chatting about their creative practices and lockdown experiences.

Please join us at these free events to hear from some fantastic international makers, engage in their chat and if you wish, share your experiences.

Events will be hosted on Facebook Live. Head to 141’s Facebook page at the dates and times below and join the livestream once it appears at the top of the page.


Anunta Intra-aksorn
and Claire Heminsley

Anunta Intra-aksorn at People Forest +
Claire Heminsley
Wed 28 July 2021, 13:00 (BST) / 19:00 (ICT)

People Forest are a social enterprise supporting the hill tribe craft community and forest reservation.

Claire Heminsley is Incahoots. Based in Fife, she is an artist, illustrator, designer and teacher with a love of drawing, observing, experimenting and organising. Claire works with a broad range of media, with drawing at the centre of all her work. Regardless of the materials used, her work is a blend of line (whether cut, stitched, drawn or written), layers and gentle humour.

Supatra/Supaluk Sornbunchong
and Jo Garner

Supatra & Supaluk Sornbunchong at It Takes Two To Tango + Jo Garner
Wed 11 August 2021, 13:00 (BST) / 19:00 (ICT)

Thailand-based It takes Two to Tango is the slow fashion studio of sisters Supatra and Supaluk. They hand make, one-of-a-kind indigo, natural dyed apparel for everyday wear.

Scottish-born, London based Jo Garner‘s work is heavily influenced by feelings of belonging and identity in relation to place. In a world of increasing division she hopes to explore how objects and jewellery solidify our sense of self. She juxtaposes traditional fine jewellery skills with materials and political context to create a body of work which to challenge and critique themes which are influenced by current affairs.

Prach Niyomkar
and Fran Marquis

Prach Niyomkar at Mann Craft +
Fran Marquis
Wed 18 August 2021, 13:00 (BST) / 19:00 (ICT)

Mann Craft‘s studio and retail space is in Sakon Nakhon in east Thailand. They create one of a kind, handmade products for everyday wear and special occasions.

Fran Marquis is a ceramic artist, potter and teacher of ceramics to adults and family groups based in Arbroath, Scotland. She also organises exhibitions and events in her local arts and crafts community and also nationally for the Scottish Potters Association.

Pilan Thaisuang
and Lorna Brown

Pilan Thaisuang at Bhukram +
Lorna Brown at Blessed Unrest
Wed 1 September 2021, 13:00 (BST) / 19:00 (ICT)

Pilan Thaisuang is the founder of Bhukram, based in Phu Pan, Sakon Nakhon in east Thailand. Bhukram works with a community of local women to create natural-dyed, hand-embroidered cotton clothing and accessories, therefore helping to improve their livelihoods.

Lorna Brown at Blessed Unrest is a contemporary textile designer and fine art screen printer living and working in Edinburgh. Her expressive and layered designs are transformed through screen printing and digital processes into home wear, accessories and artworks.


The 5,944 Miles Share event series drew on our Voices of Makers blog series, in which makers and Applied Arts Scotland Members were invited to share how they were rethinking their rhythms, working patterns, things they were doing, useful information and tips with fellow makers. You can read Lorna, Jo, Fran and Claire’s Voices of Makers blogs and discover more from our making community.


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