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The Craft Scotland Conference 2016 

Craft Scotland Conference 2016 - for makers, crafts enthusiast and creatives

Get Inspired, Share Knowledge and Make Connections

Makers, curators and industry specialists came together for one day of innovative thinkers, bold makers, and awe-inspiring players at the Craft Scotland Conference 2016

We invited you to become a more confident maker and grow your creative and business practice through our series of insightful talks and stimulating masterclasses. This jam-packed one-day event was held on Friday 7 October 2016 in Dundee. Our guest curator for 2016 was designer/maker Kristi Vana.

Kristi’s theme for this year is press play. She invited you to press play and join us 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. 

Kristi says as a creative, “I often end up working on my own and I find the moment of releasing an idea from the constraints of my head to the wider world incredibly intimidating. I know I am not alone in this. Therefore, I feel incredibly privileged to be able to invite the fantastic Scottish maker community to come together for a day of letting go of those fears and playing a little”. 

Who's it for?

  • Makers 
  • Curators
  • Craft champions
  • Arts and culture professionals

Why attend?

  • Explore alternative approaches to craft
  • Meet and share knowledge with industry specialists 
  • Get inspired

Empowering the Maker Community

Craft Scotland is the national agency for craft. Our annual Conference is the perfect opportunity to focus on key themes affecting the craft world today. Through a series of insightful talks, stimulating masterclasses and fun workshops, our Conference allows you to become a more confident maker and grow your creative and business practice.

Kristi Vana

Guest Curator

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.

Every single one has been an invaluable step for an ongoing 'residency' in seeing how much scope there is for well designed, beautiful objects and experiences in the mundane of everyday situations. In 2008 Kristi returned to education and studied Product Design at the Glasgow School of Art. 

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.

She was previously involved with the Small is Beautiful conference and the Make Works independent design organisation bringing together makers and manufacturers. 

Craft Scotland Conference Dundee - Speakers Line Up

Speaker: Line-Up

We were thrilled to announce the imaginative Dominic Wilcox as our keynote speaker for 2016. Dominic works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought-provoking objects. Other speakers include Founder of social enterprise Arthouse Meath, Becky Sheraidah, fashion designer Emily Millichip and branding storytellers O Street. 

Discover more about the Craft Scotland Conference speakers...

Conference Workshops

Conference Workshops

We ran four one-hour workshops as part of our afternoon schedule for the Craft Scotland Conference. Designed to get your creative juices flowing, you could choose from one of the four in advance. Find out more...

Conference Agenda


Have we grabbed your attention? Still want to know more about the day? You can download the full agenda for the 2016 Craft Scotland Conference right here



Time: 10am – 5pm

Date: Friday 7 October 2016

Address: Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN


  • Student/Unemployed/Retired - £28
  • Early Bird - £39
  • Standard - £49

Please let us know any dietary requirements in advance.

The Craft Scotland Conference 2016 was held on Friday 7 October 2016, at the University of Dundee. For more information about our annual programme of events and to find out about our forthcoming projects, please visit Our Work

99 Things to See and Do in Dundee

This crowdsourced guide was curated by people who live in Dundee and love it. It recommends cultural spaces, cafés, restaurants and other things to do in the city. A handy guide from the lovely people at Creative Dundee, who thought it would be useful for those travelling and staying in Dundee for the conference to explore the city from a local’s perspective. We are inclined to agree! 

99 Things To See And Do in Dundee

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