This Friday we are joined by Andy Robertson . From a textile background, Andy has an exciting range of experience that has led him to consider what is really important: re-designing business models for a circular economy.
“I’m a freelancer doing a mix of business design, coaching, making textiles and facilitating workshops. Most of those things I learned to do by accident. My work focuses on design that imagines answers to our social and environmental challenges. I’m into circular economy fashion and design for experiences, not stuff. I’m curious about art, design, football and far away places, and I look for projects in those spaces. My best jobs so far include a year long lecturing post at The Glasgow School of Art and consultancy work for the craft sector in Pakistan.”
This Friday we have Ryan McLeod in for our afternoon inspiration. Ryan runs Slurpp, a design studio based in Dundee, Scotland. They focus on creating beautiful and meaningful digital experiences that help clients solve their problems.
You may also know Ryan from his Creative Chit Chat podcast, where he hosts conversations with some of Dundee’s finest design talent. If you’re not listening already, go check it out. Your ears will not be disappointed.
Friday’s second guest lecture comes from Kirsty Thomson of The Circle.
The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee.
We provide affordable offices, co-working and community space.
By bringing organisations together, we are promoting collaboration and fostering innovation that does social good in the city.
Kirsty is our Founder and Chief Executive Office. Kirsty has worked with charities, social enterprises and organisations for 17 years. She is also Managing Director of Along Came Kirsty, a Third Sector consultancy that has been running for five years with four members of staff and hard-working volunteers. A graduate of the University of Abertay, she is a trustee of the Abertay Students Association.
Friday’s guest speaker is Joanne MacFadyen an award winning Scottish jeweller currently based in Dundee. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a bachelor of design degree with honors in 2010 and completed a Master of Fine Art in 2012.
In the summer of 2014 Joanne set up Tea Green Events, hosting unique pop up events to showcase the wealth of creative talent based in Scotland. Inspired by a desire to champion high quality hand made items created in Scotland by independent makers.
Her personal work is lead by a love of experimenting with materials and techniques and driven by a wide eyed attitude to the world. Identifying Predominately as a jeweller, but also as a maker & doodler, Joanne works with a precious metals, precious metal clays, enamel & gemstones to create mainly one off pieces.
This week, Friday 3rd February, we will be welcoming Eleanor Young, the woman behind Fun Makes Good, to talk to us about her company and it’s journey from start-up in 2009 to the present day. She’ll be shedding some light on the different markets she designs for; with her range of ready to buy homewares, bespoke commissions, collaborations and large scale projects. Just how do you juggle these different elements? You can ask her on Friday.