Main Stage

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Conference Opening

9:00 AM -  9:15 AM

Fear Less. Build More.

9:45 AM -  11:00 AM

Emily Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator, and founder of the nonprofit Project H Design and its sister program, Girls Garage. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 to co-design and build public architecture projects that transform communities. She has built a farmers market with high […]

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Women at the Intersection of Craft, Technology, and Design

2:30 PM -  4:00 PM

As machines and computer software advance and become more accessible Craft and Technology is more and more symbiotic. The influence they have on each other and Design can end in new and surprising ways. We’ll bring together a group of women with diverse backgrounds, experiences and careers we will discuss what Craft means to them […]

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You’re Allowed To Laugh

4:15 PM -  5:00 PM

Evelyn will discuss how her path as furniture maker and upholsterer (alternative and traditional) led her to seek joy, human connection, and self-discovery in the shop and out in the community.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Craft. Reports Of Its Demise Are Premature

2:30 PM -  4:00 PM

In the rapidly evolving world of digital and other high technologies in furniture making and related fields, what is the place – and more importantly, the future – of traditional craft? Is it worth preserving? What can be done to nurture it? Does The Furniture Society have a role to play? Drawing from both worlds, […]

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The Craft of Digital Customization in Furniture

4:15 PM -  5:00 PM

Paul Munson has worked as a furniture maker serving design professionals for more than a decade. To meet the demands of a competitive custom furniture market he and his team have designed a dynamic furniture collection with a unique workflow software that addresses the challenges of mass customization.

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Too Much Stuff: Being a Maker in the age of the New Luxury and Alt-Commerce

9:15 AM -  10:45 AM

Consumer tastes and behaviors are undergoing a major shift. In many ways it’s good news: a renewed appreciation of making, of quality, of sustainability. At the same time, though, thee’s been a fundamental shift in the way people think about their relationship to “things”. At the same time, there are new forms of commerce that […]

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Objects and Space: Collaboration Strategies for Bespoke Design and Architecture

11:00 AM -  12:30 PM

Creating spaces with bespoke design elements demands a fluid client-designer relationship. Also critical, however, is the ability of interior architects and furniture designer-makers or artists to build symbiotic partnerships based on their specific fields of expertise. This panel will identify the challenges and benefits of these collaborations from a range of perspectives and offer strategies […]

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Morning Announcements

10:15 AM -  10:30 AM

Blurring The Edges Of Craft Through Collaboration

12:00 PM -  12:45 PM

Collaboration has been an essential part of Michael Cullen’s lifelong relationship with craft. His main interest in giving this talk is to encourage people to step away or out of their world to experience how others work and create.  Michael likes to say that the materials may differ but the language of creating is a […]

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