Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability

‘Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability:
an online, international festival of craft’

Monday 27 – Thursday 30 September 2021

The international craft festival reflects and builds on the three themes of identity, collaboration and sustainability which informed Applied Arts Scotland’s international craft exchange project. This comprised three international residencies bringing together makers from Mexico, Canada, Thailand and Scotland to experiment and create new work, culminating in the Meet Make Collaborate touring exhibition.

The practice of the international collaborating makers during and since their residencies, and the individual and collaborative works created and exhibited, form the basis of the festival programme, along with symposium papers which will provoke and stimulate further discussion around the themes by asking an array of critical questions at convened panels.

Over the four day festival programme, the three themes will be considered across three strands:

International Collaborating Makers

Insights into makers’ international collaborative residencies, exploration of themes and one another’s identity, environment, skills, materials and techniques through discussion, mentorship and experimentation, and impacts on their practices.

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Meet Make Collaborate exhibition

International collaborating makers’ new individual and collaborative works exhibited in the touring exhibition will feature in a live, online talk from the exhibition currently at The Barn, Banchory.

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Old Stories, New Narratives symposium

In three panels, makers, curators, historians and researchers will consider the future of making practices and process through sharing new ideas about craft practice, research and case studies concerning both maker-led and theoretical strategies and what these might have to offer in a global context.

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Please use the ‘Register’ buttons in the Festival Programme below to book your place at the live events. Please note:

  • all live events will be held on Zoom
  • you only need to register once for the ‘Studio Visit’ or ‘Symposium’ to receive details to attend all events in that series on Zoom
  • live transcription will be available at all live events, and all pre-recorded content will be captioned, with transcripts available on request

Festival Programme

Monday 27 September 2021
‘Identity’

12:00-13:30 (BST) / 11:00-12:30 (UTC)

Handwoven long thin rug, with block pattern in greens, yellows and neutrals

Makers’ Studio Visit /
Demonstration

Crafting Futures Mexico resident Fiona Hall, Camban Studio (Aberdeen) will introduce her work alongside her collaborators designer Dalila Cruz (Oaxaca) and weaver Soledad Ruizz Mendoza, Bii Dauu Collective (Oaxaca).

13:45-14:30 (BST) / 12:45-13:30 (UTC)

Small piles of picked dandelion stems and horsehair with rope handmade from grass, dandelions, horsehair and lichen on a workbench

Makers’ Informal Discussion:
‘Identity’

SHIFT collaborators jeweller Kiersten Holden-Ada, Fervour’s Own (Halifax, Nova Scotia) & artist Louise Barrington (Orkney) are joined by multidisciplinary designer Pilar Obeso Sánchez (Mexico City) from the Crafting Futures Mexico residency.

Moderated by Katia Stewart, Global Programme Manager – Crafting Futures, British Council.

AVAILABLE 27 SEPTEMBER 2021

14:45-16:15 (BST) / 13:45-15:15 (UTC)

Female artist viewing her ceramic mural installed on a wall behind the altar of a church.

Symposium Panel:
‘Identity’

  • Professor Juliette MacDonald, University of Edinburgh (Convenor)
  • Magdalena Cattan Lavin, University of Edinburgh
  • Susan Surette PhD, Ceramic Artist / Concordia University
  • Arielle Walker, Artist / AUT University

Tuesday 28 September 2021
‘Collaboration’

12:00-13:30 (BST) / 11:00-12:30 (UTC)

Images of trainers, open book with shoe pattern on the page, old children's shoe and samples of woven materials and baskets on a desk

Makers’ Studio Visit /
Demonstration

SHIFT collaborators, weaver Jennifer Green (Halifax, Nova Scotia) & basketmaker Sarah Paramor (Applecross).

13:45-14:30 (BST) / 12:45-13:30 (UTC)

Makers’ Informal Discussion: ‘Collaboration’

SHIFT collaborators, textile artist Andrea Tsang Jackson, 3rd Story Workshop (Halifax, Nova Scotia) & weaver Cally Booker (Dundee) with jeweller Mengnan Qu(Nova Scotia) & ceramicist Susan O’Byrne (Glasgow).

Moderated by Rebecca Hannon, Associate Professor, NSCAD University.

AVAILABLE 28 SEPTEMBER 2021

14:45-16:15 (BST) / 13:45-15:15 (UTC)

Long wrap around jacket with a single tie at the front and long sleeves made from woven cloth with a geometric pattern in blues, browns, neutral and yellow

Symposium Panel:
‘Collaboration’

  • Denis Longchamps, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (Convenor)
  • Loucia Manopoulou, University for the Creative Arts & Mirka Golden-Hann, Wiltshire Creative
  • Dr Kevin Murray, Garland Magazine / RMIT University
  • Alison Welsh

Wednesday 29 September 2021
‘Sustainability’

12:00-13:30 (BST) / 11:00-12:30 (UTC)

Wooden table top with samples of man made tock laid out on pieces of white paper which have notes about their creation

Makers’ Studio Visit /
Demonstration

Crafting Futures Thailand collaborators, interdisciplinary designer Kawisara Anansaringkarn, Coth Studio (Thailand) & jeweller Stefanie Cheong (Glasgow).

13:45-14:30 (BST) / 12:45-13:30 (UTC)

Makers’ Informal Discussion:
‘Sustainability’

SHIFT collaborators jeweller Rebecca Hannon (Nova Scotia) & ceramic artist Carol Sinclair (Angus) are joined by festival partners Laura Ritchie, MSVU Art Gallery (Halifax, Nova Scotia) & Pamela Conacher, AAS (Scottish Highlands).

AVAILABLE 29 SEPTEMBER 2021

14:45-16:15 (BST) / 13:45-15:15 (UTC)

Detail of beaded cape, depicting a green face with a plaque below with text 'Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?'

Symposium Panel:
‘Sustainability’

  • Carol Sinclair, Chair, AAS (Convenor)
  • Teresa Burrows, Craft Artist
  • Maija Nygren, Almaborelais Ltd
  • Dr Inge Panneels, Edinburgh Napier University & Dr Susan Lechelt, University of Edinburgh

Thursday 30 September 2021
‘Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability’

12:00-13:30 (BST) / 11:00-12:30 (UTC)

Detail of a hanging open umbrella frame covered with a neutral, open hand weave fabric with applied rolls of neutral and indigo fibre

Makers’ Studio Visit /
Demonstration

Crafting Futures Thailand collaborators, designer Prach Niyomkar, Mann Craft (Sakon Nakhon) & weaver Lynne Hocking-Mennie (Aberdeen).

13:45-14:30 (BST) / 12:45-13:30 (UTC)

Arranged and stacked pieces of green, yellow and blue waterproof fabric on a white plinth

Meet Make Collaborate
Exhibition Talk

The Barn’s Simone Stewart, Head of Programme will describe how the organisation has re-centred itself around environmental awareness, connecting observations to AAS’s international makers residency programme and the exhibition.

Introduced by Lynne Hocking-Mennie, Vice Chair, AAS.

Part of the Barn’s Crafting Interconnections season.

14:45-16:15 (BST) / 13:45-15:15 (UTC)

Oil painting on fabric of a rural scene in which crops are being harvested and threshed for grain by humans, horses and machines

The Dr Sandra Alfoldy Craft Institute Talk

‘Unsettling Canadian Art History: Materializing Settler Colonialism’, Professor Erin Morton, University of New Brunswick.

Introduced by Rebecca Hannon, Associate Professor, NSCAD University.

Thursday 30 September 2021 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday for Canadians to recognise and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. It seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis survivors and their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability: an online, international festival of craft is presented and funded by Applied Arts Scotland SCIO, Edinburgh College of ArtMSVU Art Gallery, and The Dr Sandra Alfoldy Craft Institute at NSCAD University. Funded by Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise