School of Art and Design Research Seminar

Material and Skill, Part One

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As part of the School of Art and Design Research Seminar Series, Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd and Professor Tom Fisher, present: 'Material and Skill'

Session one: Presented by Professor Tom Fisher and will include an introduction from Tom Fisher and some brief comments about his recent work in heritage crafts and what it is like learning a new material- 'I used to be a woodworker but now..'.

  • From: Wednesday 14 December 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 14 December 2016, 2.30 pm
  • Location: 109, Arkwright building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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As part of the School of Art and Design Research Seminar Series, Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd and Professor Tom Fisher presents: 'Material and Skill'.


Session one: Presented by Professor Tom Fisher and will include an introduction from Tom Fisher and some brief comments about his recent work in heritage crafts and what it is like learning a new material- 'I used to be a woodworker but now..'.

How could you work in an art school and not be interested in material and skill? With this in mind, Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd and Professor Tom Fisher are running two Art & Design staff seminars to share presentations that relate our work to this topic, and host an open discussion around these themes.


The seminars will hopefully raise questions, including:

  • What is skill, in terms of craft and making? What’s its relationship to creativity?
  • How can skill be transmitted, from person to person and generation to generation?
  • What roles can virtual techniques play in transmitting skills?
  • What can we do if skills are in danger of being lost, and if they are lost, can they be regained?

Seminar one, on Wednesday 14 December 2016, at 12.30pm2pm in Arkwright 109, will feature an introduction from Tom Fisherand some brief comments about his recent work in heritage crafts and what it is like learning a new material - ‘I used to be a woodworker but now…'.


Seminar two, on Wednesday 21 December 2016, at 12.30pm2pm in Bonington 222, will include a presentation by Amy Twigger Holroyd about her work on Design Routes, a research project which developed a taxonomy of strategies for revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices in diverse contexts – including the embedding and enhancing of craft skills.

Do you have something on this topic to share? You are invited to contribute to the seminars by giving a five minute informal talk based around three slides. If you would like to contribute, please get in touch with Amy Twigger Holroyd by email.


Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd and Professor Tom Fisher hope to start conversations that might grow into opportunities for developing collaborations and research funding. There is also a symposium coming up in the middle of 2017 that will be a vehicle for relaunching the Design Research Society (DRS) Objects, Practices, Experiences, and Networks Special Interest Group (OPENSiG) around material and skill. With luck, it is hoped that some of the themes that come out of the seminars can feed into the OPENSIG symposium.

For any enquiries, please contact the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities Research Office by email or by telephone on +44 (0)115 848 2301.

Location details

Room/Building:

109, Arkwright building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Shakespeare Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

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