Conferences & Maker Training

Maker Journeys in Focus

Closing date: 21 Apr 2020

Three established makers speak about their journey and what brought them to where they are today. Part of COMPASS 2020.

Three established makers speak about their journey and what brought them to where they are today. Learn about the key decisions that shaped the way their business runs today, who and what has influenced them throughout their career and crucially, the lessons they have learned along the way.

Learn valuable skills and techniques for small business survival and explore potential routes to market with designer/makers Kirsty Thomas from Tom Pigeon, Laura Spring, and a third maker to be announced.



Kirsty Thomas (Co-founder and Creative Director at Tom Pigeon)

Kirsty will discuss the journey of Tom Pigeon, a multi-disciplinary design studio that creates print, jewellery, stationery and homewares which sell to design stores around the world. From craft fairs to international design festivals, pop up shops to high end collaborations, Kirsty will talk about success, failure, confidence, resilience and keeping things exciting.

Tom Pigeon have recently developed bespoke collections for The Barbican, Tate Modern, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Science Museum and the V&A. They have worked with retailers across Europe, USA, Japan and Australia and their work has been featured in national and international press including Wallpaper, Elle Decoration, Design Milk and Monocle.

Visit tompigeon.com

Laura Spring

Laura Spring, originally from Staffordshire, is a textile designer/maker living and working in Glasgow. She creates bold graphic print designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into fashion accessories, homeware and stationery.

Collaboration has always been integral to her practice and Laura values the sharing of knowledge and skills with others as a way of learning, designing and making. Key collaborations and commissions include: Heal’s, Floor Story, Lush Cosmetics, Belle & Sebastian, House of Voltaire and The National Trust for Scotland.

Laura exhibits at trade shows regularly both here in the UK and internationally and is stocked in a small selection of shops and galleries throughout the world.

Visit lauraspring.co.uk



COMPASS is Craft Scotland’s learning and development programme created specifically for makers. COMPASS focuses on developing craft talent and equipping individuals with the necessary skills to create a sustainable craft practice. COMPASS offers a unique mix of active learning, residentials, mentoring and 1:1 specialist advice.

We have created three programmes to provide support for a wide range of craft careers: Next GenerationEmerging Maker and Established Maker. Participants can cultivate networks and develop their knowledge about selling effectively, marketing, entrepreneurship and more.

This programme is generously supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.


Multi-Workshop Discount

The Makers Journeys in Focus session is part of our COMPASS: Emerging Maker 2020 Programme.

It is one of three one-day workshops that are available to book; Principles Finance & FundingBrand Storytelling Workshop and Maker Journeys in Focus. Additional places are reserved for the COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme 2020 cohort.

If you are interested in booking all three workshops, please buy a ticket here to receive a multi-workshop discount of 10%. Instead of £105, you’ll pay £94.50.

This discount ends at 3.30pm, Monday 9 March 2020.

These workshops are subsidised by Craft Scotland to ensure that more makers have access to quality learning and development opportunities.


Craft Scotland Office
Studio 6 & 7
Castle Mills, 2 Gilmore Park
Closing Date & Time:
21 Apr 2020 4:00pm
Key Contact:
Craft Scotland: COMPASS 0131 357 3288 [javascript protected email address] Book now

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