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The Craft Scotland Conference 2016 

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

A day to unite, inspire and ignite craft.

200+ makers, curators and industry specialists will come together at the Craft Scotland Conference to be inspired, share knowledge and ignite connections. This jam-packed one day event will be held on Friday 7 October 2016 in Dundee. Our guest curator for 2016 is designer/maker Kristi Vana.

Kristi’s theme for this year is Press Play. She invites 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”

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. 

Dominic Wilcox - Keynote Speaker Craft Innovation


Keynote Speaker 

We are thrilled to announce the imaginative Dominic Wilcox as our keynote speaker. Dominic works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought-provoking objects.

Dominic was born in Sunderland, and studied 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.

He has received commissions from a diverse range of organisations including Paul Smith, Selfridges, The V&A museum, BMW Mini and Jaffa Cakes.




David Freer and Ed Watt - O street - Roadliners talk

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 is the founder and Director of graphic design agency O Street and is an Innovation Consultant for the Glasgow School of Art. O Street currently have studios in Glasgow and London, and work with clients all over the world. 

David learnt his trade at Glasgow School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design. He has lived both sides of the Atlantic and spent the start of his career in London. 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. Ed has a keen eye for detail in all his work and an unwavering commitment to high standards and effectiveness. Their talk will also touch on the inspiration behind O Street's recent re-branding and how to go about making a typeface.

Stay tuned! More speakers to be announced...



Time: 10am – 5pm

Date: Friday 7 October 2016

Address: University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN


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

Please let us know any dietary requirements in advance.

Craft Scotland Bursary Tickets

Craft Scotland wish to make the conference accessible to all makers. We 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

Emergents is a community interest company that aims to support the development of creative careers, enterprise and the economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond.

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Please note: Craft Scotland has absorbed the Eventbrite booking fee within the ticket price. 

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