“Viability and Sustainability of Creative Practices, Crafts and Traditional Industry Sectors” by Lynn-Sayers McHattie of the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, has been announced as a keynote to be presented at The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education (ECADE2022), on-site and online from the University of Porto, Portugal.
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Viability and Sustainability of Creative Practices, Crafts and Traditional Industry Sectors
Contemporary practices of craft are increasingly associated with progressive agendas of gender emancipation, environmental sustainability and locally rooted ethical production and consumption. This presentation explores the ‘political economy of craft’ as an embodied and experiential practice, towards situating craft as a rich form of cultural wisdom. The research focuses on Fair Isle and Sanquhar knitting as a body of knowledges and practices - viewed as a form of material cultural assets - which can support the future sustainability of craft practitioners, in distributed geographical contexts. In so doing cultural assets yield an emotional and intellectual approach that literally unpicks the political economy of craft exposing its relations to production whilst at the same time binding the interdependencies between innovation and tradition that contribute to the cultural life of communities.
Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
Lynn is Professor of Design Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art and Programme Director - Research in the Innovation School. Lynn holds an AHRC funded PhD in Design from the Glasgow School of Art (2012). She is a designer with over 30 years’ experience, has held Design Director roles in the creative industries, and as a consultant has directed assignments internationally in fashion and textiles. Lynn’s place-based research interests are located within geographically distributed, and indigenous, island communities. Her cross-cultural research explores craft and textile practices as ‘cultural assets’, which connect to the landscape and culture of communities, and the role design-led innovation can play in the transformation of craft economies and socio-cultural renewal. She works extensively in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland and Southeast Asia. Lynn has considerable experience of directing UKRI funded bids, she was Principal Investigator (PI) on AHRC funded Design Innovation & Land-Assets – part of the UKRI Strategic Priorities programme on Landscape Decisions – and is currently PI for Design Innovation & Cultural Resonances an AHRC funded Knowledge Exchange programme on the theme of place. Lynn is Co-Director of the SGSAH Creative Economy Hub and sits on the Editorial Board of CoDesign Journal.