Crafting Futures is a programme of craft development around the globe, run by the British Council and a network of partner organisations including Applied Arts Scotland.
In this panel discussion you will meet Ana Paula Fuentes, craft curator and project manager who lives and works in Oaxaca (an area of Mexico slightly smaller in population than Scotland but with 1 million makers), Carol Sinclair, Chair of Applied Arts Scotland on projects in Thailand and Mexico, and makers Lynne Mennie and Netty Sopata sharing their experience of working in Oaxaca and talking about how you can get involved in Crafting Futures.
Independent Project Manager, Programme and Event Producer
Helen is an independent project manager, programme and event producer working locally, nationally, internationally and voluntarily in the creative industries. She designs, facilitates and produces opportunities, initiatives and spaces in which creative practitioners, micro-businesses and projects can realise their full artistic and business potential.
Chair Applied Arts Scotland and Project Manager, Crafting Futures
Ceramic artist, Chair of Applied Arts Scotland and a Member of the British Council Crafting Futures Partnership Network - Carol works to enable and encourage international collaboration in craft. Most recent projects have brought Scottish makers together with makers in Mexico and Thailand, and new opportunities are currently being developed in Canada.
Ana Paula Fuentes
Social Designer, CADA Foundation,Mexico
Ana Paula was born in Mexico City and holds a B.A. Degree in Textile Design with postgraduate studies in Knit and Fashion Knitwear Design. From 2006- 2012 was the Founding Director of the Textile Museum of Oaxaca. She is the Executive Director of CADA Foundation and the Outreach Manager of Traditions Mexico.
Director, Diggory Brown
Netty is the Owner and Designer of Diggory Brown; a bespoke kilt making business on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Netty specialises in using locally woven cloth in her work and has recently developed her own Harris Tweed, from the wool produced from her family’s flock of Hebridean Sheep.