New Craft Symposium

Join us for this one-day symposium, exploring the contemporary craft of Industry and Material Practice, Design and the Arts + Crafts.

“Each of the disciplines within craft possesses their own histories, research, methods, theory, critique, culture, and bodies of knowledge; all have specialized museums, galleries, magazines, conferences; they each have a language and a slanguage; and one has a secret handshake.”
– Keynote Speaker Melanie Egan, Director of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre




Emergent Technology is influencing and transforming our ways of producing, our ways of consuming and above all, our ways of knowing. New Craft, an emergent consideration, touches on a wide range of methods, techniques, practices and processes. This one-day symposium at Emily Carr University of Art + Design will explore the local and contemporary forms of New Craft through guest speakers, panel discussions and in-studio workshops and experimentation.


Seeing Paper – Nithikul Nimkulrat, Panelist – New Craft: New Practices








Material Matters

Material Matters has been developed as a meeting point – an intersection of groups that catalyzes disciplines, students and faculties within Emily Carr University of Art + Design. We work with external partners who may be industry-based, NGOs, non-profit, or community groups.

cloTHING(s) as Conversation

Clothing and specific combinations of articles worn on the body are often understood and referred to as a statement. The notion of clothing as a statement is prevalent in catwalk culture as the fashion statement. It is equally evident in the clothing choices of individuals who do not participate in the fashion schema, be it through regulated attire, uniforms and professional garb, or as part of a counter culture.


As a textile-based artifact/system the work that is being developed provides a forum for the exploration of small mobile displays as well as other technology embedded into clothing. At it’s core the +++= platform is an exploration of human-human communication that offers up the possibility for exploring visual, audible, haptic, and olfactory modalities. The project team envisioned an investigation of post growth clothing design, wearable technology, and 3D printing taps into notions of distributed networks currently being discussed within the domains of both social media and sustainable design research.

DnA: You Are, We are, Our Work Is

The DnA project responds to a rich and vibrant university commons: a collective of individuals working with a plethora of different mediums, distinct material practices and methodologies who form a critical creative mass. It is an emergent inquiry connected to Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada.



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