Creative Dundee

Craft Scotland Conference Dundee 2016


This year’s Craft Scotland Conference will bring 200+ makers, curators, and industry specialists to Dundee to be inspired, share knowledge and ignite connections. This jam-packed one-day event will be held on Friday 7 October 2016 in Dundee University and will feature designer/maker Kristi Vana as guest curator.

Craft Scotland‘s annual Conference is an opportunity to focus on key themes affecting the craft world today. Through a series of insightful talks, stimulating masterclasses and fun workshops, the conference allows you to become a more confident maker and grow your creative and business practice. The conference is beneficial for makers, curators, craft champions and arts & culture professionals to explore alternative approaches to craft, network and share knowledge with industry professionals. Early bird tickets are available until Monday 22 August 2016 – purchase them here.

Kristi Vana – Guest Curator

UP - an ongoing project to create temporary, collapsible balconies for the traditional Scottish tenement house.

UP – an ongoing project to create temporary, collapsible balconies for the traditional
Scottish tenement house.

Kristi Vana is an experienced designer with a background in illustration, graphic design and product design. Originally from Estonia, she studied Fine Art and Graphic Design before moving to Scotland in 2004. Kristi takes great pride in what she calls a ‘bonkers mix of jobs’ she has done alongside her 10+ years of freelancing as a creative.

Kristi currently works as a Rug Tufter alongside her role as Retail Merchandiser at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. In addition, she runs her own design/creative production practice Half Past Plum and is a mentor for Creative Edinburgh.

Kristi’s theme for this year is Press Play. She invites you to Press Play and join Craft Scotland for a day of talks and workshops from a wide range of innovative thinkers, bold makers, and awe-inspiring players on ways to mix work and play.

Dominic Wilcox – Keynote Speaker

The Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car (or mini Cathedral for short). Photo by Sylvain Deleu.

The Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car (or mini Cathedral for short). Photo by Sylvain Deleu.

Dominic Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought-provoking objects. Born in Sunderland, and graduating from Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, he has a Masters in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, and is currently based in London.

Dominic’s versatile portfolio includes the design for a pair of shoes with inbuilt GPS to guide the wearer home; a race against a 3D Printer at the V&A and a stained glass, driverless car of the future.

Becky Sheraidah – Speaker


Cushions designed by ARTHOUSE Meath

Becky Sheraidah is the founder of ARTHOUSE Meath. The social enterprise has grown into a successful brand selling in 200 stockists, it’s own online store and a high street shop. The brand showcases uniquely stunning artworks on high-quality products. The uniqueness of the artwork comes from the uninhibited fresh drawings and paintings that are created by men and women living with severe epilepsy, learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

O Street – Speaker

Roadliners - Typographers of the road

Roadliners – Typographers of the road

Come and hear David Freer and Ed Watt talk about O Street‘s latest project Roadliners, a short film that made a Glasgow roadliner cry (with joy of course!). The film is all about the uncelebrated typographers of the road, craftsmanship and inspiration.

David Freer is the founder and Director of graphic design agency O Street and is an Innovation Consultant for the Glasgow School of Art. David learnt his trade at Glasgow School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design and some of the agencies David has worked with include; Saatchi & Saatchi; philosophy; Landor Associates and Four Creative.

Ed Watt has over 14 years design experience working on projects for leading UK brands including four years running his own agency prior to joining O Street. He graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, developing a passion for typography and identity systems, areas the college is well respected for.

Emily Millichip – Speaker

Emily Millichip. Photo: Mint and Chillies

Emily Millichip. Photo: Mint and Chillies

Emily Millichip is an Edinburgh-based fashion designer, who makes fun and vibrant clothes with a vintage twist. Emily is known for her use of colourful prints and textiles, often sourced on her travels from across the world. Her inspirations include the tropics, Carmen Miranda, and good girls gone bad. Moving away from what is traditionally regarded as ‘Scottish Design’, Emily considers her work part of the global design conversation.

Event information

Date: Friday 7 October 2016
Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN


Student/Unemployed/Retired – £28
Early Bird – £39
Standard – £49
Please let Craft Scotland know any dietary requirements in advance.

Craft Scotland Bursary Tickets

Craft Scotland wish to make the conference accessible to all makers. They have five bursary tickets for makers on low incomes. To apply for a bursary please fill in this short form. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis.

Emergents Bursary Tickets

Emergents are offering four bursary tickets for Highlands and Islands makers that includes the ticket price and a percentage of travel contributions. For more information please contact Emergents, or visit their website.


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