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Conversations in Creativity: Nicolas Roope, Claire Norcross, Samuel Wilkinson & Host: Alice Rawsthorn

National Festival of Making Conference in association with D&AD

Time & Date: 6.30-8.30pm, Thursday 4th May

in association with D&AD

Three of the most respected names in design discuss their collaboration with Plumen, one of the world's leading lighting company, and their own studio practice.


Nicolas Roope,
Claire Norcross
Samuel Wilkinson

Hosted by Alice Rawsthorn

Time:     6.30-8.30pm
Thursday 4 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:



Nicolas Roope
with Michael-George Hemus launched Plumen in 2011, an energy-efficient light bulb with design credentials. Six years later, Plumen has become a full lighting company, and the bulbs are now the illumination of choice for hospitality establishments from Bratislava to Jakarta.

The company’s first bulb was made in collaboration with designer Samuel Wilkinson and is now part of the permanent collections at MoMA, the V&A and Cooper Hewitt, and was nominated as design of the year by London’s Design Museum. After launching the second bulb in 2014, the company recently unveiled the 'Plumen 003', a slight departure from the more rational designs of '001' and '002' and a more poetic, slightly nostalgic approach to the light bulb.

The company’s third launch was developed with French jeweller Marie-Laure Giroux, a Central Saint Martin's graduate and Claire Norcross, a product designer with a portfolio of lighting pieces for clients including Habitat and John Lewis to name a few.

For the first time National Festival of Making bring together the three designers with a shared design DNA to discuss the collaborative process and work for their respective studios.

Alice Rawsthorn (Host), writes about design in the International New York Times and frieze.  Her latest book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores design’s impact on our lives: past, present and future.  Alice speaks on design at important global events including the TED conference in Vancouver and the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos.  Born in Manchester, Alice lived in the Lancashire village of Parbold for four years during her teens and attended Shevington Comprehensive School. Now based in London, Alice is chair of trustees of the Chisenhale Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, and a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery.  An Honorary Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts, she has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design and the arts.



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: Alice RawsthorneNicolas Roope, Claire Norcross & Samuel Wilkinson


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