Innovation & Technology Product Design

Tove Thomas

My practice revolves around material narratives and story telling through making to gain a deep respect for the materials at hand. I have great interest in traditional methods of craft and learning from past techniques. Craft, for me, is a dialogue between the maker and the material and each act of making is an opportunity to connect with oneself, others, and the world around us.

Self Initiated: Craft as a verb
Future Experiences: Trail

Self Initiated: Craft as a verb

Craft as a Verb is about understanding the importance of craft as a process rather than a final destination. The focus is instead on where materials come from, how they are manipulated and, how to connect with people and place. Prioritising process over product is a reaction and critique of materialism and capitalism and a move towards a slower paced life. Recent craft movements echo the same industrial resistance of the late 19th and early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement. This radical reconsideration of the word allows one to understand craft as a performance rather than a display of objects. We must recognise the power of making in order to understand ourselves and one another.

I have explored craft through the medium of textiles. The metaphor of weaving provides a vivid and multidimensional lens for understanding the complexities and dynamics of society. People are entwined in society, just like threads are in fabric. The strength of these bonds and how skilfully they are woven together determine the fabric’s strength. I worked with a female craft group in Glasgow to investigate what making meant to them. Through these conversations I explored how weaving collaboratively can become a vehicle for discussion.

Two person loom

Frame Loom

Collaborative Weaving

Future Experiences: Trail

In the year of 2033 when it is proposed that Glasgow will no longer be defined by human borders but instead by natural systems of our environment it is vital that people become more aware of all living species that we share our planet with.

Trail is a tool kit that allows learning through materials. Each activity is a gateway to a realm of exploration, education, and empowerment. It’s a passport to a world where children discover, learn, and actively contribute to the wellbeing of our planet.  The aim is to inspire a sense of responsibility and stewardship in young minds. Through engaging activities, games, and informative materials. Children not only learn about the importance of conservation but actively participate in preserving and protecting our precious ecosystems.

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