A one day conference convened by the Crafts Study Centre and the International Textile Research Centre.  The theme of the conference is the resonant relationship between craft and text. This may take literal as well as metaphorical forms: from critical analysis to ceremonial lettering and on to performance, where the craft object has
inspired poetry or dance.

The keynote speakers are the eminent academics and practitioners Alice Kettle (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Timothy Donaldson (Falmouth University). The conference is promoted with the support of our academic partner, the Edward Johnston Foundation.
Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist, who has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparalled scale. She is Professor in Textile Arts in MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art, at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Timothy Donaldson is Associate Professor in Graphic Design at Falmouth University. He is a Letterworker: a practising graphic designer, type designer and action calligrapher with enthusiasm for the use, abuse and reuse of text as a communication device.


11:00 Timothy Donaldson – The Hammer Shapes the Hand

12:00 Lynn Setterington – Sew Near, Sew Far

12:30 Catherine Slade-Brooking and Loucia Manopoulou – Allusive Crafts: Drawing Words, Writing Letters

2:00 Pat Taylor – Text and Tapestry, A Weaver’s Perspective

2:30 Edward Wates – A Calligrapher’s Approach to the Text

3:00 Mona Craven – The Artist Printed-Form: A Craft in-between Letterforms, Exhibition, Audience and Meaning

3:30 Alice Kettle – In the Margins, Materialising Stories

The conference is promoted with the support of our academic partner, The Edward Johnston Foundation.

REGISTRATION : 10:30am – 11:00pm at the Crafts Study Centre
CONFERENCE : 11:00am – 4:30pm at the University for the Creative Arts
RECEPTION : 5:00pm – 6:00pm
CONFERENCE FEE : £20.00 | £10.00 students & unwaged. Advanced booking is essential and be made in person, by calling 01252 891450 or emailing: craftscentre@uca.ac.uk