Saturday, February 4, 2012

Craft and the New Economy


Via City of Craft and the Ontario Crafts Council (OCC) website, news about an upcoming symposium at OCADU (part of an entire "CrafTalks" series) examining the relationship between craft, new business practices, technology, DIY and social responsibility. Not sure how much of these will relate directly to social media/tech, but I suspect there will likely be at least a few talks/presenters examining things like Etsy, Pinterest, etc. Here are the details, copy-pasted from the OCC site:
Presented by the OCC in partnership with OCADU’s Material Art & Design Program

Taking place at OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto



Craft and the New Economy is a one-day symposium that brings together international, national and local speakers to address the relationship between craft and issues of sustainable business practice, technology, DIY and social responsibility. The term ‘new economy’ does not simply address issues of recession and global connectivity, but the development of new tools, processes of engagement, and the role of craft in the 21st century. Craft and the New Economy is an opportunity to explore the complex terrain of craft as object, profession, and cultural intermediary.

Craft and the New Economy will be held at OCAD University, located in the Auditorium at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Please see Directions and Accomodations for maps and more details.

Generous support for the Craft and the New Economy symposium is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Special thanks go to the OCADU Material Art and Design Program for their ongoing partnership in the CraftTalks lecture series.

Craft and the New Economy is also generously supported by:

Primary Sponsor Organizations:

The Textile Museum of Canada, sponsor of Sheila Kennedy

Support Organizations:
The Gardiner Museum
Harbourfront Centre Craft Department
Sheridan College Crafts and Design Program
The Design Exchange
Toronto Craft Alert
City of Craft
The Glass Art Association of Canada

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