For the first time, Dundee Design Festival introduces the Designer x Factory residency programme, in partnership with Make Works.
Founded in 2014 by Fi Duffy-Scott after travelling over 3,000 miles from Shetland to the Borders to visit and map Scottish manufacturers, Make Works has helped make fabrication in Scotland more accessible for artists, designers and makers.
Following an open call in March 2017, a three-way panel including Make Works, design, fabrication and installation experts Old School Fabrications, and design studio Tom Pigeon selected and paired three designers with three Scotland-based manufacturers.
“The residency is more about encouraging process rather than focussing too heavily on an end-product ready for market,” says Fi. “Instead the three Designer x Factory partnerships will support play, and experimentation. To be given the time, space to develop their ideas, plus the expert support they’ll receive from technicians and machinists, is an opportunity many designers don’t often get. Similarly, factories will get the chance to work with individuals who see things that the production line does not. Hopefully it will pave the way for other collaborations between designers and manufacturers. We’re really excited about seeing what comes out of it.”
An exhibition of the work made by the designers during the residency will go on display in Autumn 2017.