On Friday I went to a networking day for Design Factory Members. It was held in Sleaford at The National Centre for Craft & Design.
Its a 2.5 hour drive for me and as I was passing through Chesterfield I decided to pick up Clare Gage on my way. Clare creates porcelain tableware a little like myself and is inspired by textiles.
After completeing my first year of uni I did a work placement with Clare to learn more about her practice and running a ceramics business. I learnt so much and am very grateful to her for the opportunity.
We had a great catch up on the way there and after getting quite lost arrived at NCCD.
I have been a member of Design Factory, who provide support for designer-makers, since December 2012 but hadn't yet joined in with any of their activities.
We arrived to a talk by Hayley, Clare & Rachel about their plans for the future and how Design Factory can support their members. We also had a chance to say what we would like from the company.
Patricia Van Der Akker, founder of The Design Trust then gave a talk about Successful Creative Collaborations. The Design Trust help people to start, run and develop a successful craft or design business. They are an online business school and provide a lot of articles, blogs & videos which I've found very helpful for my business.
"Create a business that suits you."
10 Tips for Creative Collaborations:
1. Be honest- what do you want to get out of it?
2. You might get something different than what you planned for.
3. Know yourself- know your strengths & weaknesses.
4. Start with respect & curiosity- begin in the way that you hope to continue.
5. Its not just the what, its the how too- how are you going to collaborate not necessarily what are you going to make.
6. Focus on both the similarities & differences.
7. Your own plan vs the unknown and uncertain journey- which do you feel more attracted to?
8. Its an ongoing journey- its good to start with a small project and see if you can build on it from there. Don't jump striaght into a project.
9. New technology can help- send images, Skype, twitter.
10. Conflict is part of creation.
After the talk we had a networking session over food and drinks and then it was the preview evening for 'Synchronise: Creating Craft Collaborations"
"20 members of Design Factory have embraced the challenge to collaborate with each other in order to stimulate exciting developments within their own creative practices, encourage skill-sharing and create new work specifically for this exhibition."