Nurturing Talent: Design Awards and Education

Thursday 10 October 2019 from 18:30 to 20:00

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Mary V. Mullin

Mary V. Mullin has a distinguished career in design promotion and management. Mary is Chairman of the Sir Misha Black Awards for Distinguished Services to Design Education and is a Trustee of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. Now a Regional Adviser to the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, Mary was its first woman Vice President; Mary served as Secretary General of the International Council of Graphic Design for fourteen years and was a Founding Trustee of their Educational Foundation. Mary began her design career in Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland and went on to include work as Director of her own London based consultancy, a consultant for UNIDO in Latin America and as National Chairman of the Design and Industries Association. Mary was Founding Director of the National Centre of Culture and Arts in Dublin, now the Museum of Modern Art and Founding Member of the (now) Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. Mary is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art London, The University of the Arts in Bournemouth and the International Society of Typographic Design, is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded the RSA’s Bi-Centenary Medal in 2017.

Amor Munoz

Amor Muñoz was born in Mexico and is based in Yucatàn. Her work combines different scientific disciplines and DIY culture, characterized by an interest in linking art, technology and society. In her performances, sound installations and textiles, she explores the relationship between technology and craft. Many of Amor's works combine performance and experimental electronics with traditional media such as drawing and textile techniques and highlight the connection between material forms and social discourse. Amor was awarded a Bauhuas Residency in 2017 and lived for three months in the Gropius House on the Dessau Campus. This year, Amor was selected to participate in the inaugural Jacquard by Google and Google Arts & Culture Residency Program. Amor Muñoz in her interview for the Bauhuas Residency: “I'm experimenting with new technologies, but I also work a lot with my hands. The connection between both is very important to me. I would like to show that new technologies could revive old traditions, for example in the production of textiles. I believe in the open source principle and use it for my art projects. It is encouraging and great that one can learn something from others without prior knowledge and on this basis a community is formed.”. The Committee of the Jacquard by Google Award: 'The residency aims to explore the yet undiscovered, creating new dialogue between technology and art by leveraging Jacquard technology into physical installations. Amor Munoz was selected due to the outstanding creativity, vision, and innovative use of Jacquard technology displayed in [her] proposal.'  

Nicolas Oddy

At Edinburgh College of Art, Nicolas’ focus became ceramics and glass making, undergraduate courses no longer offered in Scotland. After a post-graduate diploma in Edinburgh, Nicolas made the jump into design history and was awarded an Associates of V&A Scholarship to take the Victoria & Albert Museum / Royal College of Art Design History MA, now a well-established and much-respected Masters which combines studies split between Museum and University. On qualifying in 1986, Nicolas taught in Teesside Polytechnic and then Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee before joining Glasgow School of Art in 1993. In 1999, Nicolas was amongst the first staff of the new GSA Learning and Teaching Department, now Higher Education Academy; he was Academic Staff Governor 2006-2015 and is currently President of GSA University and College Union. Nicolas is a Panel Chair of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities (SGSAH). Known as a passionate collector, Nicolas' academic interests include late 19th and early 20th century quantity-produced items, particularly object culture relating to cycling, toy manufacture and road signage. Well known to creatives in Scotland, Nicholas has spoken at many Design and Design History related events including the International Cycling History Conference (1990). He continues to write on this subject and on a study series on early UK manufacturies. He is Chair of the Cycling History and Educational Trust.  

Place-Making & Creative Industry

How do Craft and Design skills define a place? Can Craft and Design tradition enable new creative Industry. Co-incident with the launch of Our Linen Stories participatory research tour in May 2018, three intriguing speakers with complementary stories representing Scotland, Ireland and The Netherlands joined an expert chair to debate these questions. Introduced by Dr John Ennis, curator Our Linen Stories and producer Journeys in Design.


Professor Jane McCann M Des RCA, M Phil, FTI

Designer, Educator and Cross-disciplinary innovator, Derbyshire and N.Ireland. While at University of Derby (1973-2003) and University of South Wales (2004-2012) Jane led educational interventions across disciplines at all levels, launched the world’s first MA Performance Sportswear Design, whose graduates are employed internationally and led cross-disciplinary research in Design for Ageing Well. Jane was awarded the 2003 RCA Mischa Black Award for Innovation in Design Education. Jane has published widely and continues to promote International Exchange and links with Industry in UK, Europe and China.

Maureen Hammond

Researcher and Illustrator, Scottish Highlands Maureen is an illustrator and PhD Candidate with University of the Highlands and Islands focusing on the textiles of 18th century Badenoch, interpreting themes of economy, innovation and identity in the central Highlands. Maureen has grown and processed Flax at An Goirtean (Gallic - the wee field of flax) at the Highland Folk Museum.

Helena Loermans

Dutch weaver and researcher, Odemira in Portugal Helena was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Portugal for more than 30 years where she owns a weaving studio, producing her own range of textiles. She was 10 years a weaving teacher for the Portuguese Rural Development Association and has hosted the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. Helena is an independent researcher at LabO, Laboratory for handwoven Canvas.

Duncan Neil

Scottish Textile design entrepreneur, Upperlands N.Ireland Duncan is Creative Director at 'Earthed', a brand within William Clark and Son in N.Ireland, the world's oldest textile company; with over twelve years of UK textiles experience, he is the driving force behind this nature-inspired luxury linen brand. Graduating from Dundee University, Duncan of Jordanston College of Art and Design in 2004, his roles have included those in menswear print design, digital furnishings production and university research. 'Earthed' won 2017 Best Fabric award at BDNY, the leading event in US for Design in the leisure and hospitality industry.

Material Goods: quality and the market place

Paul Simmons of pioneering Glasgow firm Timorous Beasties and emerging independent textile designer Laura Spring discuss their experience of creating thriving studios through design innovation and quality production. Timorous Beasties (deck chair panels) and Laura Spring (picnic hampers) feature in Garden Party exhibition by Gayfield.

Paul Simmons

Timorous Beasties.

Laura Spring

Laura Spring is a textile designer.

Too Much Stuff: the ecology of Design

Leading Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, from Eindhoven, talks about the way design thinking can create a more sustainable model of living. Introduced by Amanda Game, independent curator and Creative Adviser, Gayfield. Key works by Piet Hein Eek appear for the first time in Scotland in Garden Party exhibition by Gayfield.

Piet Hein Eek

Dutch Designer.

Amanda Game

Independent curator.

Gardens in Mind: design for health and well-being

Leading UK architect Richard Murphy OBE and Professor Annie Pollock, Director of Landscape Design and Architecture at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre discuss the role of landscape design in creating healthy environments. Introduced by Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Yard.

Richard Murphy OBE

Richard Murphy OBE is a UK architect.

Annie Pollock

Annie Pollock is Director of Landscape Design and Architecture at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre.

Digital Counts: progress in design technologies

Alan Shaw of the Centre for Advanced Textiles Glasgow School of Art, and Geoffrey Mann Head of Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, discuss the role of digital tools in the development of their design process. Introduced by Josie Steed, Course Leader of Fashion & Textile Design, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Alan Shaw

The Centre for Advanced Textiles Glasgow.

Geoffrey Mann

Designer and Head of Glass at Edinburgh College of Art.

Cloth and Memory: placemaking and exhibition

Leading textile curator Lesley Millar inspires on the subject of textile design in different cultures connecting us to both place and memory and Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning and Programmes at V&A Dundee, updates on this exciting new development in the Scottish Design landscape.
The conversation is accompanied by a special display of printed textiles by Professor Norma Starszakowna, innovator and educator in the field of printed textiles, based in Dundee.

Lesley Millar

UK textile curator.

Sarah Saunders

Head of Learning and Programmes at V&A Dundee.

Amanda Game

Independent curator.

The Power of Place: global makes local

Glasgow-based curator Katy West (India Street, Gayfield Summer 2014) and Edinburgh-based Architect Stuart Falconer (GRAS: architects for Gayfield Creative Spaces 2014) explore their experience of working with designers and makers from different cultures and the ways in which design can both create international links and highlight local concerns. The conversation is chaired by Dr John Ennis, Founder, Gayfield Creative Spaces.

Katy West

Curator of India Street Gayfield Summer 2014.

Stuart Falconer

GRAS: architects.

Marking and Mapping: an Edinburgh journey in Design

Chris Fleet and Anna Feintuck discuss Edinburgh’s cartographic industry, home to world-renowned mapmakers such as John Bartholomew & Son. Old maps of Gayfield itself suggest a bustling hub of light industry and creative manufacture. Learn more about maps of Edinburgh and the tales they tell, as well as those they choose to hide. Chris Fleet is Senior Maps Curator at the National Library of Scotland and Anna Feintuck is PhD researcher for the Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History initiative at University of Edinburgh.

Chris Fleet

Senior Maps Curator at the National Library of Scotland.

Anna Feintuck

Co-curator on PACE: Walking by Design.

Maker Journeys: the British Council maker library network

Architect Gunnar Groves-Raines of GRAS presents a series of completed architectural projects as well as more experimental collaborations borne out of the British Council Maker Library Network. University of Strathclyde graduates Gunnar Groves-Raines and Stuart Falconer co-founded GRAS in 2006, an architecture and design studio exploring ideas, materials, techniques and technologies all with making at its heart.

Gunnar Groves-Raines

Co-founder of GRAS.

Hubbing for Creatives: designing a creative economy

When creatives combine into hubs, their localities can celebrate their emergence and local economies can develop. We can map these collaborative facilities across Scotland and when we ‘join up the dots’ the term ‘creative economy’ starts to make sense as a national resource.
Chaired by Caroline Parkinson, independent Creative Project manager, we hear from Creative Edinburgh’s Janine Matheson and British Council’s Lynsey Smith.

Caroline Parkinson

CP Creative Project Management.

Janine Matheson

Creative Edinburgh.

Lynsey Smith

Former Director of Creative Edinburgh.

Festival Favourites: the art and design of collaboration

Edinburgh Festival luminaries Richard Demarco and Jim Haynes are joined by emerging talents Marion Preez, Katrina Corbett, Alan Brown, Pauline Sandberg, David Seel and Oana Stanchi, gathering to recollect and plan art and design collaborations. This Gayfield Twilight Talk is presented by Pecha Kucha Edinburgh: curated by Gordon Duffy, sponsored by Studio DuB, supported by New Media Scotland and Gayfield.

Gordon Duffy

Principal of Studio DuB.

Richard Demarco

Jim Haynes

African Routes: art and design reframe development

Accra, the capital of Ghana is a city transformed by outside investment but one only need scratch the surface to find an ecosystem in crisis.
Renee Neblett, Director of the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana explores the role of art and design in this context and how local communities understand their environment in relation to the broader world, providing examples from the pioneering work of the Kokrobitey Institute and Design Centre.

This Talk honours the memory of architect and designer Alero Olympio.

Renee Neblett

Director of the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana.

Alero Olympio