Visit to Finland and Estonia

At the end of November Martyn, Stella and I (Tom) went to Helsinki in Finland to visit Sirpa Kokko  and then to Viljandi in Estonia to visit Ave Matsin. You may remember that these …

Bruce Carnie in Ernebella

Some months ago I interviewed Dr Bruce Carnie, a Lecturer in Textile Design at the University of Leeds, for the Design Routes research. I was interested in hearing about Bruce’s thoughts on working with traditional patterns, and …

Hack the Smock

Last week I had the pleasure of running an intensive two-day design and making workshop (or ‘hack’), exploring methods for revitalising the traditions of the English smock and English smocking. This was a valuable opportunity …

Visitors from Finland and Estonia

At the beginning of June we were delighted to welcome two European visitors to the University of Leeds in connection with the Design Routes research project: Dr Sirpa Kokko, Adjunct Professor and …

Heritage Crafts Association conference: Crafts Across Continents

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Heritage Crafts Association conference once again. Last year’s event was very relevant to the Design Routes research, and this year’s was no different. All of …

Workshop accepted for the Design Research Society Conference 2016

Our workshop - Design Ecologies: Products, Places & Communities - has been accepted for the 50th Anniversary Design Research Society Conference in Brighton, UK in June 2016. Our workshop will consider potential strategies …

So much activity!

I returned to the project last week after a very enjoyable nine months of maternity leave. Despite not doing any actual work on the project during that time, I seem to have accumulated lots …
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