There are both challenges and opportunities for people working at the intersection of the crafts and design, and this presentation is interested in both analysis of the current state of the industry as well as strategies to aid its progression. "There are many intersections within this topic: between crafts and art, crafts and design, crafts and industry, crafts and society. All those words change their meanings over time and place, and the relationships and intersections between them change as well. Whatever the intersection is, I have always been interested in people who know how to do things well. That includes their knowledge of materials and the skills and processes needed to work with them ? what craftspeople and those in specialised industries do. I believe this knowledge is also an essential part of design, whether carrying out the tasks oneself, or designing for others to make or manufacture.
"But many things are changing; there are both challenges and opportunities for people working at the intersection of the crafts and design. Some time ago I said, in passing, that these days I was more interested in strategies than theories; now I'm pretty sure I believe it. But what are they?"