TFRC Sustainable Textiles Seminar

25 March 2011

Chelsea College of Art & Design


This was the second event in the TFRC Open Lecture series, and introduced Prof. Mike Press (Mike is Associate Dean of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) with his talk titled Hand-made Knowledge.


Mike talked about the value of craft, as not only being embedded in the finished object, but in knowledge of processes, materials and ways of thinking that can be applied to other contexts and disciplines.


He talked in the context of the current university and government cuts, where most emphasis is being put on STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and the value and strength of 'soft' subjects like craft. He showed how craft defies this 'soft' label by highlighting the work of crafts people who had radically impacted on culture through their thinking and making


Polyfloss Factory – Royal College of Art

Paulo Goldstein – Central Saint Martins

Dahea Sun – Central Saint Martins

Cara Piazza – Chelsea College of Art & Design

Beth Glennie - Chelsea College of Art & Design

Alei Verspoor - Royal College of Art

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