Crafting Change Seminar
A one-day event, exploring sustainability and craft.
Fri 3 May
Selby Abbey, Selby
£10.00 incl Lunch
Held in the historic Selby Abbey, this seminar will feature talks and a Q&A, as well as a lunch. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other makers and creatives who are interested in sustainability and craft. Join us, as we dig even deeper into the discussions posed to us by the Crafting Change Exhibition.
Ute Decker is German-born and London-based artist-jeweller. She is a leading proponent of the ethical jewellery movement and one of the first jewellers in the world to champion Fairtrade Gold.
Greg Valerio is an avid activist, campaigning for a more ethical and Fair Trade jewellery industry. He’s the author of Making Trouble: Fighting for Fair Trade Jewellery.
Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, writer and researcher based in Bradford. Her practice explores the capacity of textiles to carry layered social and cultural meaning. She’s the author of Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art.
Charlie Ross is the Founder and Director of Offset Warehouse, and has an MA from the Royal College of Art. Offset Warehouse is a social business that brings together a huge range of eco fabrics and haberdashery.
Lorna Singleton is a craftswoman specialising in woven wooden products. She coppices an ancient oak woodland in South Cumbria to create her traditional oak swill baskets.
The seminar coincides with the final leg of our Crafting Change touring exhibition. The exhibition is currently at Selby Library from April 6–May 18. This is right around the corner from Selby Abbey, making it perfectly situated to drop into after the Seminar.
We hope you’ll join us!
Photo credit: Thom Atkinson portrait of Lorna Singleton with her swill basket.
CRAFTING CHANGE Exhibition
Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton: until 18 October
Whitby Library: 27 October – 15 December
Platform Gallery, Clitheroe: 19 January – 30 March
Selby Library: 6 April – 18 May
Crafting Change explores how a diverse group of contemporary makers explore issues and definitions of sustainability as they develop their practice into the 21st Century.
Making usually means generating more ‘stuff’ and using resources and energy. The textiles, metal and precious stone industries are some of the most polluting in the world and workers are often exploited, working in life-threatening conditions for meagre pay. The mining and shipping of raw materials for ceramics creates a massive carbon footprint. How do craftspeople reconcile this with their production of luxury, non–essential items?
Some respond through their thoughtful and considered use of materials and making methods. Others use their work as a way of asking questions about our relationship with objects and why we make and buy them. Through the exhibition we want to open up discussion about the role of craft in our society – is the origin and provenance of objects becoming more important to us? Is the act of making just as important as the final product?
Artists include: Carole Collet, Ute Decker, Joseph Hartley, Carmen Machado, Lorna Singleton and Solid Wool. More info via the Art Unpacked website: www.artunpacked.co.uk