Conferences & Maker Training

Craft & Cultural Conversations: Empowering Communities

Closing date: 28 Oct 2021

l/r: Edmund Le Brun, Deirdre Nelson, and Dr Stephen Knott

Hear from Edmund Le Brun, co-founder of ISHKAR, and artist/maker Deirdre Nelson in conversation with Dr Stephen Knott, followed by an audience Q&A. 

Join Craft Scotland for Craft & Cultural Conversations 2021, curated by Dr Catharine Rossi, to discuss what community means for craft today and what’s needed to ensure strong, vibrant and inclusive craft communities in the future. 

In this panel talk, you will hear about different approaches to working with and empowering communities, in the UK and beyond, that are facing challenges.


Craft & Cultural Conversations: Empowering Communities

Date: 11am - 12:30pm, Thursday 28 October 2021

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Deirdre Nelson is an artist/maker creating textiles that explore humour, place and social history. She partners traditional techniques with contemporary processes such as digital print in creating work not only to be exhibited but on artist residencies, within education and community projects. Resulting works cross over art, design and craft. She enables the communities she works with to explore social and environmental issues through making. Collaborating with creatives such as architects, musicians and writers allows her to create and produce diverse projects.

Edmund Le Brun and Flore de Taisne set up ISHKAR after living in Afghanistan for three years. In 2018 they were listed on Forbes 30 under 30 list for their achievements in social enterprise.

ISHKAR is a social enterprise and travel company that partner with communities across the world including Afghanistan, Yemen, Mali and Iraq. Real and imagined barriers have isolated countries like these countries from international trade and tourism. The result is that pathways to some of the world's most extraordinary places, people and cultures have narrowed, or in some cases, disappeared altogether. They seek to restore these pathways once again through a unique blend of travel, craftsmanship and storytelling. By doing so they hope to change one-sided narratives, while creating economic opportunities where they are desperately needed.

Dr Stephen Knott is a writer, researcher and senior lecturer in Craft Theory and History at Kingston University. He is the author of Amateur Craft: History and Theory (Bloomsbury, 2015), a book derived from his AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD at the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum.

Additionally, Stephen is one of the editors of The Journal of Modern Craft and has written articles for a range of publications, both academic, such as Design and Culture, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture; and non-academic, including Crafts, Ceramic Review, Art Jewelry Forum.


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Our new Sliding Scale Tickets (£0 - £15) ensure Craft Scotland events are as accessible as possible for the Scottish craft community. 

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Craft Scotland is a registered charity, and all tickets purchased contribute towards our vibrant programme that supports makers and champions Scottish contemporary craft, as well as engaging projects that connect communities with craft all year-round.


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Closing Date & Time:
28 Oct 2021 10:00am
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