Dundee Design Festival

We’ve racked up a fair number of miles the last few months: taking part in the second annual Dundee Design Festival; a flying trip to Edinburgh;  Inverness for Xpo North; Edinburgh for The Fruitmarket Design Market and a photoshoot in Glasgow. It’s exhausting just recalling it all!

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First up, the Dundee Design Festival. We were selected to exhibit some of our blankets as part of an exhibition called ‘Factory Floor’ which aimed to show the length and breadth of manufacturing across Scotland.  From large-scale manufacturing and fabrication to small in-house micro-manufacturers there was a broad range of mediums and techniques being celebrated in glass, ceramics, furniture, accessories and textiles. We previewed some new blankets designs, both much much larger than our Wave Blankets, so it was quite exciting to see them in out on show. For those who came to the festival – you got to see a sneak peek of what we’ll be showing later this year at London Design Festival!

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The DDF, in it’s second year was a brilliantly curated festival, with curation led by Sion Parkinson and layout/ display by the brilliant Old School Fabrications (who also produced the shipping contained which housed Local Heroes). The entire festival was housed in an old printing mill in the industrial part of Dundee which, sits right in the city centre. It used to be an old printing mill, still owned by DC Thomson but it’s remained empty for many many years. At the opening night we heard that the building it going to be turned into a creative hub, with co-working spaces and workshops. It’s such an exciting time for Dundee right now.

Our longest standing stockist, the DCA had a pop up shop with artists books, Tom Pigeon prints and some of our knitwear on sale as well.

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The Print City, a large-scale installation of screen-printed sculpture you could walk through and explore.

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We also went to a panel talk with Fi from Make Works, Alec Farmer from Trakke and Chris Gaffney from Johnstones of Elgin, chaired by Clive Gillman from Creative Scotland. Talking about the role of UK manufacturing & discussion around job creation & passing on skills, whether we should be making more, and ethics of putting more “stuff” into the world. The audience were not afraid to ask difficult questions so it made for a really interesting conversation with the panelists.

Thanks for having us Dundee Design Fest and a huge congratulations to all the team! Can’t wait to visit again next year.