Thalia Kennedy

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Session Title // Illuminating Traditional Crafts through Contemporary Design // Thursday 20:30

The notion of traditional craftsmanship within a modern world may seem sentimental or old-fashioned. But the crafts of the past are the living traditions of today – each generation bringing their own mark of excellence before handing on their skills, designs and innovations to their successors. The relationship between the practice of craft and design is closely interlinked – the designer and artisan working together to draw new inspiration from tradition for contemporary contexts and products. This talk will explore how hand skills and craftsmanship may be adapted for these new contexts, enabling artisans to reach new and luxury markets, and continue their traditions into the future.