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 Local Heroes Events Programme 2016

Make/Share meets Local Heroes: A discussion about designing and making in Scotland and internationally.

Make/Share is a free monthly night organised by Creative Dundee. The event brings people together to gain a behind-the-scenes insight into creative processes and is held on the second Wednesday of each month at The Beer Kitchen Dundee, from 7-9pm. As Dundee prepares for an increase in cultural tourism over the next few years, Creative Dundee are exploring how the city’s creative sector can benefit from the potential opportunities ahead.

Wednesday 12 October’s event was a special Local Heroes design-themed Make/Share bringing designers in Scotland to Dundee, the UNESCO City of Design, to discuss what it means to be a contemporary designer in Scotland and to explore what’s needed to push Scottish design on an international platform. It was the third event in the event programme co-produced by Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee, you can read and article about the first event here.

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Speakers discussed their design practices and what being ‘made in Scotland’ meant to them followed by a panel discussion to continue the conversation featuring:

Product designer Pete Thomas, co-founder of Tom Pigeon (Fife); Design Curator Stacey Hunter (Edinburgh); Jennie Patterson founder of Patter PR (Dundee); and Alec Farmer director of Trakke.

Hundreds of people joined us on the live-stream which you can view on the Creative Dundee Facebook page.

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Make/Share meets Local Heroes
Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016.
Time: 7 – 9pm.
Location: Innis and Gunn’s Beer Kitchen, South Tay Street, Dundee, DD1 1PA.
Tickets: free, please book online.

Made in Scotland

Made in Scotland? A Discussion about Designing and Making

Our panel discussion featured designers from Local Heroes 2016: Hilary Grant; Pete Sunderland & Ross Baynham [Instrmnt] and Karen Mabon. The discussion was chaired by Local Heroes director and design curator Dr Stacey Hunter.

‘Made In Scotland’ has become synonymous with high quality textiles including tweed, lace and waxed cotton – and more recently thanks to projects like MakeWorks we are more aware that Gore-Tex and velcro are manufactured in Scotland. But what does the Made In Scotland tag mean to contemporary designers working in Scotland? During the event we explored new ideas and approaches to designing, making and selling in a globalised design marketplace. We found out how Scotland’s leading designers make decisions about materials, provenance, manufacturing and branding. We discussed the advantages and challenges of being a designer in Scotland and  asked our audience for their input too in a Q&A at the close of the discussion. Hundreds of people viewed the event from our live-stream which is hosted on the Creative Edinburgh Facebook page.

To read an article by Gillian Easson about the event click here

Pieces from the Local Heroes collection were also available to buy.

Saturday 13 August at 16:00
Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 9DZ

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Emily Millichip Workshop for Local Heroes

Local Heroes Events Programme:
Tropical Paradise Workshop with Emily Millichip

In this exclusive Local Heroes workshop Tropical Paradise with Emily Millichip, participants designed and created their own tropical canvas shopper using appliqué. Over the two hours participants learned the technique of appliqué where pieces of material are mounted to another base material. Inspired by Emily’s love of Carmen Miranda, the workshop was filled with fun and tropical colours.

Emily Millichip is an Edinburgh-based fashion designer. She makes fun and vibrant clothes with a vintage twist. Emily is known for her use of colourful prints and textiles, often sourced on her travels from across the world. Her inspirations include the tropics, Carmen Miranda, and good girls gone bad. She has carved her own career path, eschewing the traditional fashion calendar for a more anarchic approach to design and making.

Local Heroes is an independent project led by Dr Stacey Hunter in partnership with Edinburgh Airport, Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee, and generously funded by EventScotland and Creative Scotland as part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Saturday 13 August at 11:00
Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 9DZ

>> Register Here