A Craft and Manufacture Symposium for Yorkshire

Join craft practitioners, the Crafts Council, MADE NORTH and CraftNet for an afternoon of talks and discussion. Presenters will discuss their work, their thoughts on the craft industry and seek to address the question ‘What is the value of craft?’

This lively and interactive event is a chance to hear from some of the leading regional crafts professionals and manufacturers as well as sector organisations followed by plenty of opportunity to share your own thoughts and contribute to a constructive discussion about how the craft industry keeps moving forwards.

The event includes a drinks and canapé reception from 5pm ahead of the Future Factories evening panel debate from 6pm. If you wish to attend Future Factories please book here

CraftWorks has been organised by MADE NORTH and Sheffield Design Week in partnership with CraftNet and The Crafts Council. Our venue partner is Electric Works, an ideal destination for any creative and digital business


Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill 

Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill is a silversmith based in Sheffield, England. Born in Dublin, Cóilín trained at Grennan Mill craft school and Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1996.

In 1998, he moved to Tokyo, to study in the metalwork department at the National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geidai), receiving a doctorate in 2005.

Cóilín’s work focuses on the exploration of vessel forms through a study of process, materials and colour.

In this talk we will here Cóilín describe his current research with Rotary Engineering a Sheffield based technology organisation. Together they are looking at new ways to create patterned metal laminetes.

Friction–stir patterned precious metal laminates:

This research investigates a novel method for producing a mixed metal layered material, similar to mokume gane, using friction stir welding. Mokume gane is a high value, decorative laminate material, first developed in 17th century Japan. It is used in the jewellery industry today for the production of precious metal wedding and engagement rings. Friction stir welding (FSW) was invented in 1991 by TWI, a UK-based research and technology organisation and has found widespread use in the joining of aluminium and, more recently, steels. By adapting FSW it has been possible to successfully bond many layers of metal while simultaneously producing unique laminate patterns. This approach minimises secondary processing, reduces waste and energy use, and enables mass production.



Keith Tyssen

Keith Tyssen is a designer/maker of contemporary silverwork who completed 3 yrs. postgraduate studies at The Royal College of Art in London in the 1960’s who achieved successes in national design competitions and has won commissions for fine, elegant silverwork made in the workshop he opened in Sheffield in 1963. His work has been purchased by the V&A Museum for the permanent collection. His current work is a range of double-skin pewter pieces.

Keith will be speaking about his most recent work and his relationship with manufacturers.  How can collaboration between maker and manufacture be beneficial to both?


Charlotte Dew – Freelance Curator / Craft Associate Curator – ‘A Fine Line’ “The Cutting Edge: Contemporary textile collaborations”

Sudbury in Suffolk is home to the four leading silk producing companies in the country. Together they preserve techniques and machinery, while also pioneering and innovating – engaging with the latest looms and digital technologies. Each of the companies collaborates with the fashion, interior, entertainment, visual art and scientific communities.

This presentation will explore the work of a range of textile artists – including Philippa Brock, Kathy Schicker and Marie Brisou – who have collaborated with the mills to realise their work. In so doing they often pushed the boundaries of the medium, feeding back in to the knowledge of the companies, and creating works not possible without the support and resources at the mills. It argues that this receptive and collaborative approach benefits makers and the companies alike.

Contemporary textiles produced in Sudbury will be the subject of a major multi-site exhibition and events programme – The Cutting Edge – in Sudbury and Bury St. Edmunds in summer 2015; presenting new commissions and site-responsive installations by textile artists, and furniture, interior and fashion designers. It will be followed by an exhibition at The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, in 2016 that will look at contemporary textile production in East End London.


David Appleyard portrait

Yorkshire Artspace artist/designer David Appleyard and Ancon Building Products’ production and project engineer Paul Fisher in conversation with Mir Jansen, programme manager at Yorkshire Artspace and vice-chair of Galvanize Sheffield “Bench : Product of a residency at Ancon Building Products in Sheffield”

Sheffield is synonymous with ‘steel production’. Although it might be fair to state that not much steel is produced in Sheffield today, the manufacturing industries in and around Sheffield are still predominantly making products from metals. Ancon Building Products is one such example: established in 1882 and producing mainly steel components for the construction industry.

Artist/Designer David Appleyard has worked with a range of manufacturers over the last few years, helping him to realise most of his public realm based work. Galvanize Sheffield offered David Appleyard the opportunity to work with Ancon Building Products.

Products over a 6 month period that started in May 2013. David was asked to come up with a design for a new steel bench for Museum Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery but only after he had seen what facilities, materials and expertise were available at Ancon to help him create it. Mir Jansen who managed the project has invited David Appleyard and Paul Fisher to talk about how they worked together on this project, what they learned from one another and most importantly, what message they have for other manufacturers and designer/makers to encourage more collaboration and product development.




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