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Gayfield Talks

Gayfield Talks

Edinburgh based Gayfield Talks invite contemporary makers, designers, curators and researchers to explore the role and context of design in contemporary Scottish cultural life. Their inaugural Twilight Talks series was held during the 2014 Edinburgh Festival and all six talks are available to stream in full below.

material goods: quality and the market place

Paul Simmons of Timorous Beasties and emerging independent textile designer Laura Spring discuss their experience of creating thriving studios through design innovation and quality production.

too much stuff: the ecology of design

Leading Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, from Eindhoven, talks about the way design thinking can create a more sustainable model of living. Introduced by Amanda Game, independent curator and Creative Adviser to Gayfield Creative Spaces.

garden in mind: designing for health and well-being

Leading UK architect Richard Murphy OBE and Annie Pollock, Director of Landscape Design and Architecture at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre discuss the role of landscape design in creating health - giving environments. Introduced by Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Yard.

digital counts: progress in design technologies

Alan Shaw of the Centre for Advanced Textiles Glasgow, and Geoffrey Mann designer and Head of Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, discuss the role of digital tools in the development of their design process. Introduced by Josie Steed, Course Leader of Fashion & Textile Design, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

cloth and memory: placemaking and materials in contemporary exhibitions

Leading UK textile curator Lesley Millar inspires on the subject of textile design in different cultures connecting us to both place and memory in ways which animate our experience of daily life and Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning and Programmes at V&A Dundee, updates on this exciting new development in the Scottish Design landscape. The conversation is chaired by independent curator Amanda Game and accompanied by a special display of printed textiles by Professor Norma Starszakowna – a significant innovator and educator in the field of printed textiles, based in Dundee.

the power of place: global pictures, local spaces

Katy West (Glasgow-based and curator of India Street Gayfield Summer 2014) and Stuart Falconer (Edinburgh-based GRAS: architects for Gayfield Creative Spaces 2014) and will explore their experience of working with designers and makers from different cultures and the ways in which design can both create international links and highlight local concerns. The conversation is chaired by John Ennis, Creative Director of Gayfield Creative Spaces.