The Contemporary Maker Hub is made up of a group of experimental contemporary craft practitioners and educators. The emphasis of the research is ‘making’.
The significance of the act of making is explored in relation to themes including its role in creativity and encouraging well-being; achieving a state of ‘flow’; and ways in which acts of making inform the concept, content and context of work.
Process is explored through practice-based research, investigating areas including the synthesis of new ‘technology’ with traditional craft skills; exploring the limits of digital practice in terms of process parameters and material outcomes as well as raising and responding to questions concerning creativity and authenticity within digital practice.
The position of making as an activity at the junction of art, applied arts, craft and design is investigated, with practitioners responding creatively to a sense of ‘the edge of things’. Making as an expressive ‘tool’ beyond the preoccupations associated with ‘craftsmanship’ allows exploration of a further border region between the intentional and the incidental.
The delineation between different making processes and materials is tested, with practitioners taking a fluid approach, working across material and disciplinary boundaries. For others, the research into considerations such as sustainability is focused through a specific material: recycled container glass. This research, whilst material-specific, draws heavily upon a cross-disciplinary approach encompassing design and material science.
The crafted object is itself an active area of research. The relationship between possessor and artefact, emotional attachment and transfer inspired investigation into the symbolic significance of the object in our lives, drawing upon themes including memory, memorial, superstitions and shrines.
The Maker Hub exists to support its members in research through making. The research outcomes are disseminated through exhibitions, symposia, publications and teaching.
The Hub welcomes enquiries, discussion and opportunities for collaborative research.