While our colleagues at Lancaster and Manchester Metropolitan Universities were studying design ecology(ies) in Santa Fe, Tom attended the Making Futures conference organised by Plymouth College of Art. Set in the beautiful Mount Edgcumbe Hall, the theme of the conference was craft and the return of the maker in a post-global sustainably aware society. Tom gave a paper about Design Routes and attended more papers in the Translations Across Local Global Divides sub-theme. The conference was very well attended by an international audience. In particular a paper on craft as a cultural ecologically located practice was delivered by Patrick Dillon and there was another very interesting paper on craft in Estonia delivered by Sirpa Kokko.
Making Futures explores contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ within 21st century society, particularly in relation to global sustainability agendas, social entrepreneurialism and community regeneration. Moving between the individual and the social, the personal and the collective, the conference investigates what it means to make and its future significations.