Crafts, Fashion and Texiles at XpoNorth 2017

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As part of this year’s festival, XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion and Textiles is pleased to present a programme of conference sessions, training and a crafts showcase in Inverness this June 2017.

You can register for a FREE delegate pass for XpoNorth here: https://xponorth.co.uk/

Please also register for our training sessions ‘Colour Conversations’ and ‘How to Build your Instagram Profile’ on the additional links provided.

If you have any questions, please contact us on [email protected]


CONFERENCE SESSION

‘It’s all about Making’
WED 7 JUNE, 10AM – LA SCALA CINEMA, EDEN COURT, INVERNESS

How a product is made can be key to the development of a successful craft based business. Choosing to make everything in-house or out-sourcing the production to an external manufacturer can change the perception of the brand to the consumer.

In this panel discussion, chaired by fashion & textile specialist Fiona Chautard, we talk to successful designer makers who make in-house and also externally, exploring the advantages & the disadvantages and how this impacts on the development of their brand.

Panel Members:

CHAIR:

Fiona Chautard, Fashion & Textile Industry Consultant

Fiona Chautard is a Creative Business Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the fashion, textiles & retail industries. She runs her own consultancy practice delivering business support, marketing & design services to creative businesses, retailers & manufacturers primarily within the clothing, luxury craft & interiors sectors.

 

Alec Farmer, Founder of Trakke

Alec is the founder of Trakke, a Scottish outdoor lifestyle brand specialising in luxury products for the everyday adventurer. Along with a team of makers, Trakke manufacture everything at their workshop in Glasgow using some of the finest materials the UK has to offer.

 

 

Hilary Grant, Designer/Co-Owner, Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

 

 

Mati Ventrillon, Designer/Owner, Mati Ventrillon

Mati Ventrillon is one of the few remaining knitters making garments on Fair Isle, Scotland. In 2012 she launched Fair Isle Knitwear followed in 2013 by her eponymous brand for bespoke Fair Isle garments. Mati took part in Crafted UK, worked with Fortnum and Mason, exhibited at Somerset House and in 2015 launched MV Collection.

 

 

Jaki Love, Director of Textiles Scotland

Jaki was recently appointed as the first female director of Textiles Scotland. With extensive experience as an independent designer, in management roles, and multiple degrees in graphic, industrial, and woven textile design, Jaki now is a driving force behind the creation of a strong, collaborative and innovative textile industry association for Scottish textiles.


CONFERENCE SESSION


The Birth of a Book: Dream Plan Do’ with Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust

WED 7 JUNE, 12.30PM – 1.00PM
STUDIO 2, 2ND FLOOR, EDEN COURT, INVERNESS

Last year at XpoNorth Patricia talked about creative crowdfunding, which inspired her so much to launch her own successful campaign on Kickstarter in the Autumn, raising over £27k!

In this practical Q&A style-session she will tell you how she turned the idea for her book into reality. From how to come up with a book idea to making time (when you are busy). From working with others to what is really involved and takes the most time. With loads of real insights and practical tips if you are thinking about doing your own crowdfunding project or want to publish your own book. Warts and all!

Speaker

Patricia van den Akker
Director of The Design Trust

The Design Trust is the online business school for designers and makers, attracting more than 50,000 web visits each month.

Patricia is known for her practical and realistic approach to creative business development, through asking thought-provoking questions and using creative exercises.

She writes a regular business column for Crafts Magazine, and blogs for Etsy, Folksy and many more.


CONFERENCE SESSION

The Power of Provenance: In Conversation with Matteo Alessi and Harris Tweed Authority

WED 7 JUNE, 2.45PM – 4.00PM
LA SCALA CINEMA, EDEN COURT, INVERNESS

Panel Members:

Don McIntyre (Glasgow School of Art) (Chair), Matteo Alessi (Alessi), Lorna Macaulay (Harris Tweed Authority)

Technology is opening up increased choices for customers as to what and how they buy products.  How can a producer ensure that their products have that little extra, providing the reason why the consumer should make the choice to urchase.  The ‘story’ therefore is arguably as important as the product itself.

Matteo Alessi of Italian design giants, Alessi, and Lorna MacAulay of the Harris Tweed Association, will look at the importance of provenance to their businesses, and consider how they have kept their products fresh, but without losing the heritage and tradition

Matteo Alessi

Matteo Alessi – CCO Europe and North America, Alessi

In 2004, Matteo joined Alessi, the family company, as Managing Director of Alessi U.K. At the end of 2011, he took over as Executive VP of International Sales & Development with the specific role to look after the development and sales activities of the Alessi network within Europe and, starting from 2014, USA and Canada.

Lorna Macauley

Lorna Macauley – Chief Executive, Harris Tweed Authority

Lorna Macaulay has been the CEO of the Harris Tweed Authority (HTA) since 2009. This period has seen the iconic Harris Tweed industry through a historic production low point and a seven year period of sustained production growth. The HTA is a statutory public body tasked through the 1993 Harris Tweed Act of Parliament.


CONFERENCE SESSION

New Approaches to Crowdfunding
WED 7 JUNE, 4.15pm  – 5.30pm
THE JIM LOVE STUDIO,EDEN COURT, INVERNESS

Crowdfunding is an established form of alternative finance harnessed by creative businesses. It can be transformational – see prototypes become products and ideas become projects or businesses.

What does it take to realise a successful, outstanding campaign?
How can it fit into your wider business finances?
And, what are the rewards beyond the money?

Drawing on their own and others’ experiences, our panel will share insights, dos and don’ts and thoughts on current / future trends to explore how to choose the right type of campaign and platform, plan ahead and optimise timing, define your goal, tell your story and pitch it right, get your community behind you, build traction and ultimately close a successful campaign.

Panel Members:

CHAIR:

Helen Voce
Independent project manager, event & programme producer

Helen facilitates and produces opportunities and initiatives in which creative practitioners, micro-businesses and projects can realise their potential. An independent project manager, event and programme producer she is a mentor on the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme, a Producer at Cove Park and facilitator of the Tanween Design Programme at Tashkeel, Dubai.

 

Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust

The Design Trust is the online business school for designers and makers, attracting more than 50,000 web visits each month. Patricia is known for her practical and realistic approach to creative business development, through asking thought-provoking questions and using creative exercises. She writes a regular business column for Crafts Magazine, and blogs for Etsy, Folksy and many more.

 

Fi Duffy-Scott, Founder Make Works

Frustrated at not knowing where to get things made, Fi started Make Works in 2012, an open access platform to find local manufacturers. The focus of the organisation is to make these manufacturers, material suppliers and workshop facilities easier to access, using in-depth information, photography and short films.

 

 

Kaye Symington, Co-founder of Paved With Gold

Kaye Symington is co-founder of Paved With Gold, a creative consultancy who build international communities and audiences for new and established brands. Following the successful delivery of many international crowdfunding campaigns, raising over $1 million dollars across their campaigns, the team at Paved With Gold have been named as one of Kickstarter’s selected experts.


CRAFT SHOWCASE AT XPONORTH


SHIFT: a change of emphasise, direction or focus
8th June 2017 10am – 5pm, Eden Court, Inverness

Shift is a project that brings together a diverse group of 5 Highlands and Islands and 4 Icelandic designers and makers to talk, explore and inspire one another. Coming together first at DesignMarch 2017 in Reykjavik, the group are now showcasing their work at XpoNorth as well as participating in a panel discussion, ‘Shift: Scottish Icelandic Maker Collaborations’ and meeting up informally to exchange ideas and investigate one another’s location, environment, influences, skills, experience, materials and techniques.

Through discussion and experimentation each participant will consider how this has stimulated a shift in the emphasis, direction or focus of their practice. This project is a catalyst for fresh ideas, new approaches to creative production, making contact with new audiences and markets and fostering a deeper connection between cultures.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT HAND CORNER: Julia Smith, Hilary Grant, Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir, Arndís Jóhannsdóttir, Diggory Brown, Yellow Broom, Eileen Gatt, Doppelganger (Gudrun Larusdottir and Ragna Fróða), middle image: Agustav (Agusta Magnusdottir and Gustav Johannsson)

The exhibiting makers are:

Highlands and Islands

Iceland

The showcase is curated by ilka North  – a collaborative creative practice of designers, visual artists, curators, writers and creative thinkers. Based in the Highlands of Scotland, they exist to interpret and facilitate diverse projects in the creative industries. www.ilkanorth.com

Further information:

http://www.emergents.co.uk/shift-change-in-emphasis-direction-or-focus/

Designers Biogs

Netty Sopata, Designer/Owner, Diggory Brown
Diggory Brown was established on the Isle of Lewis as a bespoke kilt making business by Netty Sopata in 2008. Netty specialises in using locally woven cloth: Harris Tweed, Breanish Tweed and her own range of Zero Waste Tweeds (developed by Uist Wool) in her designs.

 

Eileen Gatt, Designer/Owner, Eileen Gatt
Jewellery designer Eileen Gatt graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee over 20 years ago, and then went on to do her Masters at London’s Royal College of Art. Eileen’s work is inspired by her home in the Highlands with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife and diverse landscapes.

 

Hilary Grant, Designer/Co-Owner, Hilary Grant
Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

 

Julia Smith, Designer/Owner, Julia Smith Ceramics
Julia Smith creates contemporary pottery using traditional making methods combined with experimental glazed and printed surfaces. Her rustic illustrative style is applied across simple thrown and hand built forms. Her work is strongly influenced by her coastal location in the Scottish Highlands and often features windswept trees and manmade structures.

 

Yellow Broom – Designers/Owners – Clare Waddle and David Robson
Each separate Yellow Broom product is co designed and crafted by hand within the Cairngorms national park; valuing good craftsmanship and the design process they have created a collection of sustainable wooden lighting with a zero waste approach to making that is both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing.

Agustav
Designers/Owners – Agusta Magnus
dóttir & Gustav Johannsson
AGUSTAV is a furniture design and production company focusing on creating high-end furniture and aims at making pieces that can last lifetimes. At AGUSTAV the creation process centres on weighing out aesthetics and functionality. Product quality is assured by using carefully chosen, high quality materials that are skillfully crafted by furniture makers.

Arndís Jóhannsdóttir, Designer & Saddlesmith
Arndís Jóhannsdóttir lives & works in Reykjavik. She has worked with fish skin since 1984, making mostly bags, bowls and smaller products. Arndis has taken part in various exhibitions in Iceland and abroad including Nordic Cool 2004, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Transform Via Paris, Expo, Hannover 2000, and in Japan, Paris, Germany and Scandinavia.

Doppelganger
Designers/Owners,
Guðrún Larusdóttir and Ragna Fróða
Doppelganger collection is a co-lab of designers Guðrún Lárusdóttir and Ragna Fróða.  Their design is built on national heritage and traditional Icelandic textile patterns from the 17th and 18th centuries, using natural silk and merino yarn manufactured under environmental standards of oeko-tex® and bluesign®.  Focus is on classic design, endurance and aesthetics.

Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir, Ceramic Artist
Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir is a ceramic artist and her background is first and foremost Icelandic. Iceland has a great story-telling tradition and it shows in her works which are often characterised by story-telling features. In addition to her studies at the Icelandic School of Arts and Craft, Guðný has also studied and experienced ceramics in Denmark, Finland and Hungary.

 

We also have Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir and Fjóla Guðmundsdóttir (of Crafts and Design in Iceland) attending XpoNorth and they will be taking part in our Scottish/Icelandic panel and showcase.

Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir, General Manager Crafts and Design

Sunneva has been a general manager at Crafts and Design a government run project established in 1994 from 1999. In 2007 the project became private non-profit institution. The institution is operated with financial support from The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Iceland.

 

Fjóla Guðmundsdóttir. Project Manager, Crafts and Design

Fjóla is a project manager at the non-profit institution Crafts and Design in Iceland.  Her main job is to administer the website and social media, publish the weekly newsletter and assist with event organisation.

 

 


TRAINING

‘Colour Conversations – a View into Colour Psychology’
THURS 8 JUNE, 10AM – 12NOON, MACLEAN ROOM, EDEN COURT, INVERNESS

Please register for this event here: https://xponorthtrainingcolourconversations.eventbrite.co.uk 

and also register for a delegate pass for XpoNorth here: https://xponorth.co.uk/

Colour impacts on all aspects of our lives and during the presentation and interactive workshop we will show how colour psychology can be used as a valuable tool to enhance every aspect of the performance of a business.

Colour psychology uses the concept of colour harmony in four seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Using images of the seasonal palettes we will discuss and show examples of each season and how the implementation of colour harmony has a positive impact in product, branding, marketing, uniforms and work place premises.

SPEAKER

Anne Ritchie, Owner, Colour Conversations
Anne has spent her career in the international world of colour, textiles and fashion. After 25 years of giving trend presentations to Scottish companies she has developed her love and passion for colour into the fascinating study of colour psychology.

 


CONFERENCE SESSION

Building the Economy on Creativity
THURS 8 JUNE AT 11.15AM
STUDIO 2, 2ND FLOOR, EDEN COURT , INVERNESS

As part of this panel session including Nora Sarasola Irizar of Bilbao Ekintza and Clive Gilman of Creative Scotland, Halla Helgadóttir, will elaborate on the creativity in Iceland and its importance in the development of the society, culture and economy.

Iceland Design Centre was founded in the spring of 2008 only a few months prior to the financial crash that hit Iceland very hard. Establishing the Iceland Design Centre during the last 9 years has been a great challenge but very rewarding at the same time; uniting different groups of designers, increasing awareness and respect, and changing the views towards the importance of design and architecture.

Speaker

Halla Helgadóttir
Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre

Halla Helgadóttir, has an extensive experience as an Art Director and a Creative Administrator. Educated as a graphic designer, Halla worked in the advertising industry for 20 years running her own company. In her role as Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre Halla has acquired knowledge and experience in working with different professions within design and architecture, the creative industries and the public sector.


CONFERENCE SESSION

Shift: Scottish Icelandic Maker Collaborations

THURS 8 JUNE, 1.15PM – THE JIM LOVE STUDIO, EDEN COURT, INVERNESS

Shift is a project bringing together Scottish and Icelandic designer makers to talk and inspire one another and to explore location, environment, influences, skills, experience, materials and techniques.  Through discussion and experimentation we aim for a shift in emphasis, direction or focus of their practice.  Shift is a catalyst for new creative production, development of new audiences and markets and fosters a deeper connection between cultures.

The collaboration began with an exhibition at DesignMarch 2017 in Reykjavik and continues at XpoNorth.  This session, hosted by project curator Carol Sinclair, brings Scottish and Icelandic participants together to reflect on their experience.

CHAIR:


Carol Sinclair, Curator & Project Manager

A freelance curator and project manager who combines her own ceramics practice with a variety of local, national and international projects.  She creates opportunities for cultural exchange and skills-sharing as inspirational and effective ways of developing creative ideas, practices and businesses, most recently working with Emergents/XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion and Textiles in Iceland.

 

Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir, General Manager Crafts and Design

Sunneva has been a general manager at Crafts and Design a government run project established in 1994 from 1999. In 2007 the project became private non-profit institution. The institution is operated with financial support from The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Iceland.

 

Guðrún Lárusdóttir, Designer/Co-Owner, Doppelganger

Doppelganger collection is a co-lab of designers Guðrún Lárusdóttir and Ragna Fróða.  Their design is built on national heritage and traditional Icelandic textile patterns from the 17th and 18th centuries, using natural silk and merino yarn manufactured under environmental standards of oeko-tex® and bluesign®.  Focus is on classic design, endurance and aesthetics.

 

Agusta Magnusdóttir, Designer/Co-Owner, AUGUSTAV

AGUSTAV is a furniture design and production company focusing on creating high-end furniture and aims at making pieces that can last lifetimes. At AGUSTAV the creation process centres on weighing out aesthetics and functionality. Product quality is assured by using carefully chosen, high quality materials that are skillfully crafted by furniture makers.

 

Hilary Grant, Designer/Owner Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

 

Netty Sopata, Designer/Owner Diggory Brown

Diggory Brown was established on the Isle of Lewis as a bespoke kilt making business by Netty Sopata in 2008. Netty specialises in using locally woven cloth: Harris Tweed, Breanish Tweed and her own range of Zero Waste Tweeds (developed by Uist Wool) in her designs.

 


TRAINING

How to Build Your Instagram Profile with @zobolondon
THURSDAY 8 JUNE, 3PM – 5PM, MACLEAN ROOM, EDEN COURT, INVERNESS

Please register for this event here: https://xponorthtraininginstagrambuildyourportfolio.eventbrite.co.uk

and also register for a delegate pass for XpoNorth here: https://xponorth.co.uk/

Photographer and social media influencer Zoë @zobolondon will discuss how best to build your individual or brand’s Instagram feed and how to create an identity and presence that will engage new followers and grow business further.

She will talk through all elements of the Instagram app from creating and shooting to editing techniques that will help create a ‘look and feel’ on Instagram and push your social media presence forward to the next level.

SPEAKER

Zoë Timmers @zobolondon

Photographer. Content Creator and Social Media Influencer Zoe has worked on commissions for brands like Sony, Jaeger,Booking.com, Visit Orkney and Visit Faroe Islands.

Zoë also produces bespoke Instagram workshops and content for individuals, brands and businesses.

As a former documentary TV producer telling stories is what she loves best.


XPONORTH 2017 – 7 & 8 JUNE 2017

XpoNorth (formerly goNORTH) is a unique event in the UK’s cultural calendar and this year it will be returning to the cinemas and halls of Eden Court, Inverness. Here delegates can enjoy access to an international conference programme, workshops, film showcase screenings and live television station broadcasting throughout the festival.

When night falls over Inverness, delegates can enjoy an intoxicating blend of Highland hospitality in the form of relaxed networking events, coupled with free music showcases in live music venues across Inverness. All of this is completely free to enjoy, set against a backdrop of the beautiful Highlands of Scotland in midsummer.

Follow XpoNorth on Twitter or Facebook to find out what is happening now and for updates on the festival.

Registration for XpoNorth is FREE, register here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/xponorth-scotlands-leading-creative-industries-festival-registration-31412164630

https://xponorth.co.uk/


The work of XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion and Textiles through Emergents is funded by HIE (through European ERDF funds) and is a key part of HIE’s support strategy for the creative industries in the Highlands and Islands.

Emergents Creatives CIC is a community interest company that aims to support the development of creative careers, enterprise and the economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond.

We aim to achieve this by nurturing creative talent and creative businesses through general and specific support including mentoring, training, advice and networking.

This training aid is provided under HIE GBE article 30 training under European Commission regulation (EU) No. 651/2014.