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Posted 10.07.14

College hosts innovative ‘Rejuvenating Craft’ Crysalis event

A heat-sensitive table cloth, fibre optic weaving, and laser-cut felt prints were just some of the impressive products being worked on in the college as part of Rejuvenating Craft last month.

The innovative event, which is part of Making Futures and the international Crysalis Project scheme, saw seven expert designer-makers from around the UK visit the college to develop and prototype their technology-pushing products over the course of a week.

Organised by Paul Singleton, the programme leader for our exciting and brand new Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern BA (Hons) course, the project saw the college used as a basecamp and our staff lending their expert technical advice to help develop the products.

“We were looking for people who wanted to explore some technology that was new to them, that had a good concept for a final product, and to also represent good cross-section of techniques and approach to design,” Paul said.

“The makers massively enjoyed [the week]. For all of them it opened doors, which was the idea from the start. The whole thing grew out of making futures, with the aim of developing new technologies.

“It’s really interesting to take people who have a wealth of experience in one area and put them into a new area,” Paul said.

“Events like these put Plymouth College of Art right on the map and starts the process of declaring that we are a textiles centre.”

All seven makers return to the college in September to exhibit and show off their final product.

Photographs by BA (Hons) Photography student Andy Ford