Taking place daily from Thursday to Saturday across two-weeks and free to attend, this years talks featured a number of topical issues in discussion. These included how crafts are merging and reinvigorate traditional making and aesthetic in the everyday home, resilience in future trade, designing a circular economy for innovative responses to healthcare, transport and product design, plus much more.
2019 Talks Programme is available to listen to below.
WEEK 1 TALKS
THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019
The Design Trust Presents: How to start selling online In this talk Patricia van den Akker, the Director of The Design Trust, gave a practical introduction on how to start selling online and shared her top tips.
The Design Trust Presents: An intro to crowdfunding for creatives In this practical session Patricia van den Akker, shared her 10 top tips and do’s and don’ts’s of launching a successful crowdfunding campaign.
The Craft Mindset The Sainsbury’s Home & Argos Home design team explored how craft influences mass production enabling the creation of beautiful product ranges and award winning design.
Cockpit Arts Presents: Making it in London Annie Warburton, CEO Cockpit Arts and Cockpit makers Leah Jensen and Darren Appiagyei discuss life as a craftsperson in London and how to keep creativity thriving at the heart of the capital.
The Crafts Council: Funding and Finance A talk providing artists, designers and makers with an overview on how to manage their finances when setting up a business.
A Case Study: Resilience in Fashion and Homeware: how your persona lives on in your portfolio – Davinder Mahader shares his experiences and journey as a textile print designer for some of Britain’s biggest brands including Next, Debenhams, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
The Crafts Council: The International Export Tool Kit A talk to makers and designers, helping them decide whether exporting; selling and working overseas is a feasible option.
FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2019
Selvedge: The Fabric of my Life Polly Leonard Founder of Selvedge magazines shares some of her favourite stories of cloth culture and creativity.
Briffa presents: Intellectual Property and Protecting your Rights An insight into the different types of intellectual property rights designers may face.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre: Getting Your Business Started: Jewellery and Precious Metalwork Three Centre alumni – Leonid Dementiev, Daisy Grice and Jessica Jue, discuss their developmental journeys and share what they have learnt along the way.
WEEK 2 TALKS
THURSDAY 4 JULY 2019
Briffa Presents: Intellectual Property and Protecting your Rights An insight into the different types of intellectual property rights designers may face.
KTN Presents: Designing a circular economy: Innovative responses for re-use The Talk includes practical tips and guidance on designing great products while reducing waste, and introduces new networks and government initiatives which can support your work.
The Craft Mindset The Sainsbury’s Home & Argos Home design team explore how craft influences mass production enabling the creation of beautiful product ranges and award winning design.
Keynote: Alex Jenkins South London based Alex Jenkins shares his experiences as an illustrator.
CreativeMornings LATE celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with all things sci-fi.
FRIDAY 5 JULY
IED presents: The Institution of Engineering Designers presents ‘What direction will you take in design?’ Learn from 3 very different industry professionals about their own career journeys.
Created Academy: How To Get Hired: What Industry Wants Created CEO Dom Davenport talks about the needs of industry when it comes to hiring new creative talent. Find out if you’ve got the required skillset to make it at a top agency or studio.
Crafts Council presents: What is crafts? Towards hybridisation and collaboration A discussion on what designers and makers can bring to the craft sector and other industries through collaboration and innovation.