Making & Thinking Symposium
November 14, 2015
Keynote speaker: Scot Laughton, Head of Industrial Design, Sheridan College
Making & Thinking is a one-day symposium investigating the craft world’s reinvigorated interest in the relationship between craft and design. While fine craft and design are often defined in opposition – one-of-a-kind versus multiples, concept- versus client driven, material specialization versus flexibility – contemporary craftspeople and designers are melding these two methodologies. This hybrid field results in new work that is inventive, unique and user-centered.
— Melanie Egan, Head of Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre
Making & Thinking will provide a forum to address larger questions, such as “why integrate these disciplines within a practice?”, as well as practical questions. These questions may include: how to explore small batch production methods that do not sacrifice quality and proficiency but take advantage of current technology and a network of skilled trades? Where can this work be shown, seen and sold? How can these practices be funded, supported and validated?
We have invited eight Canadian designer-makers who are at different stages in their careers and come from a variety of backgrounds to respond to these questions and reflect on their own practices.
It is crucial that we respond to the emerging designer-makers who are seeking relevance, mentors and models, and who make up an important voice in the Canadian craft and design discourse.
|We gratefully acknowledge the support
of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Reception: 4pm-6pm (open to public)
Tickets: General $48.25 / Students $25.75 / Buy Now