Platforms for Creativity – Focusing on creativity, design and sustainable futures.
Our second touch point came in the form of a free event held in Duncan of Jordanstone that the public could attend as well. It was jointly organised by DJCAD and Creative Dundee to celebrate Dundee’s new UNESCO City of Design status.
Two guest speakers, Prof David Gauntlett from University of Westminster and Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd from University of Leeds graced us with their presence, talking about their interesting design thinking and making skills. They talked about their own work in the creative industry and also gave great examples of projects and collaborations that got me hooked from the outset. We were asked to bring along one object – or a set of objects – that may be a useful ‘tool for thinking’. They said ‘it can be almost anything – but do bring something.’ This intrigued me and made me wonder what they had in store for us.
After a quick introduction to Amy and David they asked us to fiddle with the objects that we all brought, they asked ‘Are they good tools for individual thinking?’ and ‘are they good tools for expressing and sharing ideas?’ this provided new ways of thinking for me and opened my mind up to new approaches to my work. In the afternoon the objects were explored further.
They outlined these eight principles and I feel they really stuck with me:
- ‘Embrace’ because we want to.
- Set no limits on participation.
- Celebrate participants, not the platform.
- Support Story telling.
- Some gifts, some theatre, some recognition.
- Online to offline is a continuum.
- Reinvent Learning.
- And finally Foster genuine communities.
David and Amy shared amazing information about themselves and provided us with a real insight into their own work. David’s inventive work with lego has inspired many people to think about connections in an abstract way and explores the creative principles in his book ‘Making is Connecting’.
‘Keep & Share’ founded by Amy in 2004 explores fashion sustainability, sufficiency and longevity. She has taken her ‘making’ projects to various locations from different music festivals to workshops across the country. As I specialise in knitwear I was extremely interested in her work. Amy basically encourages people to make things! ‘The knitting circle is an exploration of the experience of making’ she says herself.
I feel this touch point fed well into our projects and encourages more creativity in our work and new ways of thinking. Amy’s work particularly links well to my current project, with the society of dyers and colourists looking at ‘buy less, choose well’ relating to her use of upcycling with existing knitted garments. I believe this will influence my work and my approach to my projects in the future.