Andy Stirling Robertson


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.”


Kirsty Thomson – The Circle

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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.

Joanne Mcfadyen – Tea Green

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.

Fun Makes Good

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.

Rebecca Sarah Black + Ruby Coyne


This Friday we have two remarkable young designers joining us.

Rebecca Sarah Black is a contemporary jewellery designer maker based in the multi disciplinary studio space of Process Studios in Edinburgh. A JMD graduate of DJCAD, she hand carves bovine bone and works precious metal into statement, sculptural and wearable jewellery. Since graduating, she has developed her work and her craft business to stock both a commercial collection which is available online, and mix this with her statement bone work in shows and markets throughout the year.

We are also delighted to welcome Ruby Coyne, fashion graduate of Gray’s School of Art and currently based at Wasps Studios here in Dundee. She is the energetic force behind the label Dreamland Clothing that has quickly secured an enviable presence in the fashion market. An energetic entrepreneur, Ruby also manages an additional label Dreamland Vintage which was “….a way of generating income whilst studying, keeping at the back of my mind that this would help build the base of what I want to do.”

These two design entrepreneurs you will find inspiring and instructive as they chart their respective paths from art school to enterprising practice.

Dundee: enterprising city of design


Creative enterprise is about innovation, collaboration and finding new opportunities. We are seeing this in abundance in Dundee, and this session brings together a hugely talented panel of speakers who are behind some of the city’s key recent initiatives to discuss how Dundee has justifiably become UNESCO City of Design. Speakers include CEO of Creative Dundee Gillian Easson, Andrew McMahon, owner of the Bonviveur Group – a hospitality company based in Dundee that runs bars, restaurants and outdoor events – and founder of the Social Enterprise Food on Friday and now driving the Young Champions initiative, Anthea Reid.

Handbook of digital storytelling


The Handbook of Digital Storytelling is a grerat resource that provides a readable and clear introduction to “anyone who has an interest in using digital media literacy skills for storytelling”. Produced by a team from the University of the West of Scotland, including Jennifer Jones (design mentor at Dundee Service Jam 2016), the guide takes you through blogging, video, podcasting and social media. It’s a good grounding, particularly if you’re new to this. Later in the semester we add detail to this, and of course there are the tutorials that provide more detailed advice and tuition in specific tools. The handbook is a free download from here.