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Conversations in Creativity: Craig Oldham, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster with Dave Kirkwood (Host)

National Festival of Making Conference in association with D&AD

Time & Date: 6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 3rd May

in association with D&AD

A stellar panel of designer-makers discuss their inspirations and importance of self-initiated projects in their creative practice.


Craig Oldham
Hamish Muir
Jane Foster

Hosted by Dave Kirkwood

Time:     6.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 3 May
Venue: Blackburn Cathedral
£6 / £4 Concessions & Creative Lancashire/Creative Industries Federation/D&AD members


Members of Creative Lancashire Network, Creative Industries Federation & D&AD can use the following Code to purchase Tickets at the discounted price of £4:


Masterclass in Making: Dave Kirkwood, Hamish Muir & Jane Foster - What makes the makers? (2-4pm 3 May - University Centre Blackburn College)
Earlier during the same day members of the panel will also take part in anintimate round table discussion bringing together designers, makers, students businesses and anyone interested in the creative process.Places are limited.
By Invitation – A number of places will be made available to students & relevant creative practitioners. To request a place contact:


The Office of Craig Oldhamis the eponymous practice of designer and creative consultant Craig Oldham. Working across numerous disciplines, the studio creates brands, publications, websites, films, exhibitions, and objects - sometimes just for the joy of it!

Craig’s work has been recognised by Art Directors Club, D&AD, Design Week Awards, Creative Review, New York Festivals, Type Directors Club, as well as national and international press coverage and exhibitions. Craig has wrote and designed a number of books including In Memory of Work, a visual record of the UK coal miners' strike of 1984-85 with a cover printed using coal dust from an old South Yorkshire mine (D&AD Pencil), and I belong to Jesus (above), a riposte and graphic celebration to the 2014, FIFA, ruling that players would no longer be permitted to display or reveal any messages of any kind, on any part of their kit under any circumstances—even if their intention was good. Craig was recently the subject of an exhibition at Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

Dave Kirkwood founded his art and design practice, DaveKirkwoodStudio, in 2007. Alongside their client work they develop experimental working models for generating unique solutions to core brand visual communications problems. Their commercial work is underpinned by a body of self-initiated projects and stimulated by the teaching they undertake. Previous projects include 3hundredand65 – a graphic novel created on twitter in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Hamish Muir was co-founder of the London-based graphic design studio 8vo (1985-2001), and co-editor of Octavo, International Journal of Typography (1986-92). Since 2002 he has taught part-time on the BA Graphic and Media Design Course at the London College of Communication. Member AGI. MuirMcneil was founded in 2010. The London-based studio focuses on exploring parametric design systems to generate appropriate solutions to visual communication

Jane Foster is an award winning illustrator, author and textile designer working with some of the worlds leading brands including IKEA, Habitat, Waitrose and Apple.

Her work is strongly influenced by mid twentieth century Scandinavian design, particularly the work of Marimekko, Lucienne Day and the artwork by Dick Bruna and Alain Gree. Jane currently has a three book deal with Anova (now Pavilion) - the first two of these are out now, and a nine pre-school books published by Templar. Jane won the Mollie Makes Established Handmade Business Award 2014.



National Festival of Making (FOM), a vibrant celebration of Britain’s manufacturing and making heritage taking place on 6 & 7 May.

The festival will bring together artists designers, manufacturers, small scale makers and the public together to explore their own making potential. The festival takes place in Blackburn, where 25% of people, twice the national average, are still employed in manufacturing.

In the days preceding the weekend festivities Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, Design Council D&AD and Central Research Laboratory, will present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners, makers and other manufacturing businesses.

Through a series of Conversations in Creativity panels and Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) workshops the conference events will address key themes relevant to creative practitioners involved in the maker movement and industry.

Images - From top: Dave Kirkwood, Craig Oldham, Hamish Muis & Jane Foster


Blackburn Cathedral
Cathedral Close