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Creative Innovation Across Disciplines

Design and Crafts Sustenance: Between Enabling Ecologies and Challenges of Survival

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Creative Innovation Across Disciplines is a seminar series taking place in the School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University in June - July 2015. As part of the series, Professor Jatin Bhatt presents: Design and Crafts Sustenance: Between Enabling Ecologies and Challenges of Survival.

  • From: Thursday 4 June 2015, 12 am
  • To: Thursday 4 June 2015, 12 am
  • Location: 109, Arkwright building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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As part of the Creative Innovation Across Disciplines seminar series in the School of Art & Design, Professor Jatin Bhatt presents: Design and Crafts Sustenance: Between Enabling Ecologies and Challenges of Survival.

Short abstract 

A lot of changes have taken place over last six decades or so in the development of policy space concerning the craft sector. The efforts and concerns have oscillated from recognising crafts as a socio-cultural identity to the socio-economic premise of creative cultural industry as a form of livelihood.

Finding a natural ally in emergent discipline of design, crafts have found a place in design curricula across Indian design schools while being ignored in most other disciplines. The assumption that new product development will singularly address all possible challenges is an underestimation of the complexities that affect possibly the second largest livelihood sector in the rural economy of India.

If indeed, design is to be the main benefactor for all the challenges of the living but often struggling craft practices, it needs to move beyond product development to engage in the complex ecologies from products to policies that will nurture and sustain craftspeople.

The presentation will be a reflection on the above issues.

Speaker biography 

Professor Bhatt is a 1977 graduate of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India with a specialisation in Industrial Design. He is currently the Dean of the School of Design at the Ambedkar University, Delhi. Professor Bhatt was the founding Chair of the Department of Fashion & Lifestyle Accessories at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) spread over five centres at Bengaluru, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad and Delhi from 1991 till early 2008. He is a member of the PhD research Committee at the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi and an External Examiner of Nottingham Trent University's programme in Interior Product Design at Pearl Academy, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Professor Bhatt has been involved with the issues of legal protection of traditional crafts under the instrument of Geographical Indicator and has worked closely with UNIDO and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. He has been on expert committees for curriculum development for the Indian Institute of Craft & Design, Pearl Academy of Fashion Delhi & Jaipur and Craft Development Institute Srinagar, Kashmir. To demonstrate the potential of using crafts in large public spaces, he conceived, designed and coordinated nine large installations at the new office complex of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India at New Delhi in 2012 using varied crafts skills and materials from five different states of India.


If you are interested in attending or for further information please email Dr Iryna Kuksa, or come along on the day of the seminar.

Location details


109, Arkwright building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Shakespeare Street

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