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.

You can find Ute on Instagram @ute_decker_jewellery and Twitter @ute_decker

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.

You can find Greg on Instagram @greg.valerio and Twitter @gregvalerio

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.

You can find Claire on Instagram @cwellesleysmith and Twitter @cwellesleysmith

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.

You can find Charlie on Instagram @offset_warehouse and Twitter @offsetwarehouse

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.

You can find Lorna on Instagram @loranweavesoak and Twitter @lornaweavesoak

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 have a limited number of spaces available, so booking early is advised. You can book through Eventbrite and join our Facebook Event to stay up to date with the latest event news.

We hope you’ll join us!

Photo credit: Thom Atkinson portrait of Lorna Singleton with her swill basket.

Lorna with Basket by Thom Atkinson
Lorna Singleton with swill basket by Thom Atkinson


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:

Ute Decker
Carmen Machado