Writing about Practice: Material Words

Communicating your Craft Symposium, Irish Crafts Council, Kilkenny

Friday February 8th, 1.30pm-5.30pm
Venue: Berkley Room, Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny

‘Our writing about [craft] must aspire to be as nimble and open to revision as the materials we are writing about.’ Professor Jessica Hemmings.

Communicating Your Craft is a seminar designed for craft makers, focusing on the importance of concise and relevant writing in statements and proposals. The seminar examines the written word as a tool used to explain, contextualise and promote craft practices within catalogues, articles, websites, exhibitions and applications. Organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) in association with the National Craft Gallery, this seminar aims to support you in effectively communicating your craft.

Professor Jessica Hemmings, textile writer and Head of Visual Culture at the NCAD, will introduce the seminar with a keynote address entitled Writing about Practice: Material Words. Drawing on examples from fiction alongside theoretical writing, this presentation will consider how textiles negotiate their future relationship with written language. In this lecture, Hemmings proposes that our attention to the material of language should be comparable to that given to the development of the discipline.