27 March, 10am - 2pm
Women Engage in Discussion, Adorned by Ringaal Weaving Artefacts in Tangri Village, Uttarakhand, India, Kirti Kumari, May 2023

Hosted by AAD Research under the auspices of CREATURE and CUBE this symposium considers craft as a tool for economic empowerment. This event is supported by the DHS Virtual Event Grant (Professional).

Around the world, women’s craft-design groups operate quietly but effectively across many areas of making from ceramics and textiles to beadwork and basketry. Often established as co-operatives, and acting as Not-For-Profit providers for upskilling, income provision, empowerment and sustainability, women’s handicraft groups play a vital role in numerous urban communities globally. Yet women’s designer-maker groups, particularly those of low-income areas of the global South (or global majority), have still to receive significant attention from design historians. We argue that this results in a dual inequality; the present limited recognition of such enterprises by the academic discipline compounding the often marginalized economic, social and visual-cultural spheres that women’s craft initiatives occupy as organisations. Seeking to redress this imbalance, we want to posit women’s craft-design as offering an alternative to western / global Northern, capitalist modes of production; remaking approaches and understandings of products as well as designed artefacts themselves.

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Catalina Lucía Agudin, Doctoral candidate, Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern
"Vital Weaves between Crafts and Design. Collaborative Experiences from the Global South"

Rukmini Chatuverdi, Independent Researcher London and New Delhi
"Multiplying the Divide - the Bridge to Nowhere: Hierarchies and Gender"

Luisza Duarte (Dept of Design)and Raquel Gomes Noronha (Associate Professor), Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil
"Design, craftsmanship and autonomy: co-creating situated design narratives with craftswomen from Maranhão, Brazil"

Raquel Gomes Noronha, Associate Professor at the Federal, University of Maranhão
Georgina Gluzman, Assistant Professor of Art History and Gender Studies, Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
"Why Not Indigenous Today? Mónica Millán’s and the Ethics of Ao po'i"

Eve Grinstead, Doctoral candidate, Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, École Normale Superieure, Paris
"Women weaving their way in the newly formed United Arab Emirates"

Yen Lin Kong, Assistant Curator (Design), National Museum of Singapore
"Rewriting tradition: Women and the embodiment of knowledge in Singaporean woodcraft, 1950s-‘80s"

Gizem Öz, Assistant Professor Industrial Design, Kadir Has University, Turkey
"Learning from a Communal Weaving Practice as a Source of Design Knowledge"

Harriet McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Met University
"Cooking as craft and urban empowerment in Marrakech, Cape Town and Kigali"

Swapnesh Samiya, Research, Doon University, Dehradan, India
"Crafting Change: Creation of Identity and Community in Ringaal Weaving in Uttarakhand through Skilling Interventions"


James Hunting, Course Leader, Fashion Textiles, School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University
James is a practising artist and educator who believes that creative identities are formed by understanding, investigating and owning techniques and processes. His work explores personal identities, recognition, the 'other' and desire.

Anne Massey, Professorial Fellow, Canterbury School of Architecture and Design, University for the Creative Arts
Anne is the author of Women in Design (Thames & Hudson, 2022) and has pursued the questioning of hierarchies within and beyond design throughout her career as a teacher, researcher and writer.

Jessica Kelly, Senior Lecturer, Critical and Contextual Studies, School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University
Jessica’s research explores architectural history beyond buildings. Her book, No More Giants: J.M. Richards, modernism and The Architectural Review (Manchester University Press, 2022), looked at the work of the architectural critic and magazine editor J.M. Richards. She also co-edited Reconstruction: architecture, society and the aftermath of the First World War, (Bloomsbury, 2023) with Neal Shasore. She produces and co-hosts the podcast ‘Architecture and…’ for the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

Harriet McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Met University
Harriet McKay has taught in the Department of Design, Royal College of Art, and on the Heritage Studies and Museology MA programmes at the School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia. Harriet has retained a keen interest in the material and visual dimensions of culture across the African continent. Working in the Design subject area at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Met University, she is a member of research centre CUBE.