Craft Conference 2019


November 12, 2019

10.30 Arrival to Traditional Music Centre and registration, morning coffee

10.55 Opening speech by Ave Matsin

11.00 ‘Cræft: How traditional crafts are about more than just making’ by Alexander Langlands (Swansea University, Wales, UK)

12.00 ‘What unites the craft sciences? Examples from practitioner-research in the field of craft’ by Tina Westerlund, Camilla Groth & Gunnar Almevik (University of Gothenburg, Academy of Design and Craft, University of South-Eastern Norway, Sweden & Norway)

12.30 ‘Re-fashioning traditional practice and products among India’s block printers and dyers: sustaining heritage in collaboration with the fashion, education and the cultural sectors’ by Eiluned Edwards (Nottingham Trent University, School of Art & Design, UK)

13.00 ‘The survival of traditional crafts in a globalising world. A cultural ecological perspectiveby Patrick Dillon (College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter, UK)

13.30 Lunch


All of the afternoon presentations will take place simultaneously in two different auditoriums.
I theme block (at the big hall):

14.30 ‘Blind tasting wine – a survey between hermeneutics and phenomenology’ by Harald Collin Bentz Høgseth (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

15.00 ‘Semiotic modalities emerge from web-based training and direct learning of hand-to-hand skills in the culture’ by Kristel Põldma (University of Tartu, Estonia)

15.30 ‘E-learning in traditional crafts’ by Göran Andersson and co. (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

II theme block (at the small hall):

14.30 ‘Facilitating Craft Studies through Museum Collections’ by Carol Christiansen (Shetland Museum and Archives, UK)

15.00 ‘Latvian folk applied arts studios – social responsibility or place of knowledge transfer’ by Linda Rubena (Latvian National Centre for Culture, Latvia)

15.30 ´Safeguarding heritage wool: craft scholars and collaboration’ by Mathilde Frances Lind (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)

16.00 Coffee break


I theme block (at the big hall):

16.30 ‘Craft curricula, school workshops and the reality gap’ by Lars Runnquist (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

17.00 ‘Education in the craft of weaving – the impact of changes’ by Annelie Holmberg (Uppsala University, Sweden)

17.30 ‘The specialized vocabulary of crafts’ by Marja-Leena Jaanus (University of Tartu, Estonia)

II theme block (at the small hall):

16.30 ‘Going to the end of the world: transferring traditional craft knowledge from Japan to Estonia by Liis Luhamaa (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)

17.00 ‘Weaving women into history: the 20th century Irish housewife and wicker shopping baskets, c.1920-1960’ by Rachel Sayers (independent researcher, Ireland)

17.30 ‘Making wadmal by Eli Wendelbo (University of South-Eastern Norway)

18.00-19.00 Book presentation – Studia Vernacula English edition

20.00 Festive dinner at Restaurant Ormisson (optional)


November 13, 2019

9.00 ‘Research based education in crafts’ by Gunnar Almevik (Gothenburg University, Sweden)

10.00 Poster session and coffee break

  • ‘Weaving freedom: experimental fabrics from sustainable fibres’ by Mari-Triin Kirs (Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Estonia)
  • ‘Possibilities of processing local wool in Estonian wool factories. Testing and using Estonian woollen yarn for creating a knitted product’ by Siiri Nool (Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Estonia)
  • ‘Reflections on Finland’s 100-year-history through the designs of contemporary woolly socks’ by Anna Kouhia (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • ‘Old and new textiles in Estonian Orthodox churches, the Estonian craft heritage or the production of foreign factories’ by Madli Sepper (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)
  • ‘Traditional double ikat skirts of West Estonia’ by Liis Luhamaa (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)
  • ‘Watermill machinery – the challenge of documentation’ by Kersti Siim (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)
  • ‘Finger-Woven Perfection. Restoring the Seto woman`s headband braiding technique’ by Lüüli Kiik (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)
  • ‘Updating heritage: hemp-lime in natural stone buildings’ by Markus Pau (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)
  • ‘Earth buildings in Estonian cultural heritage’ by Malvo Tominga (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)
  • ‘Seal intestine garments and other everyday objects from Alaska in Estonian museum collections’ by Tuuli Jõesaar (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia) 

  • ‘Studia Vernacula – Estonian craft research journal’ by Kadri Tüür (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)

11.00Traditional crafts. Case of Art Academy of Latvia’ by Inese Sirica (Art Academy of Latvia, Latvia)

11.30 ‘The department of conservation at Gothenburg University’ by Lars Runnquist (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

12.00 ‘UT Viljandi Culture Academy Native Crafts Department’ by Ave Matsin (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 ‘How to teach methods for identifying textile techniques without practical training?’ by Hanna Bäckström (Uppsala University, Sweden)

14.00 ‘Craft research methods in Finnish craft teacher education’ by Päivi Fernström and Sirpa Kokko (University of Helsinki, Finland)

14.30 ‘Moving among traditions: on the transmission and development of traditional craft knowledge in the education of contemporary artists’ by Jan Lütjohann (independent sculptor and educator, Finland)

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 ‘The scope of craft research in Viljandi Culture Academy, on the example of three case studies by Kristi Jõeste (UT Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia)

16.00 Fish skin: sustainability, craft and material innovation and its application to fashion higher education’ by Elisa Palomino (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, UK) and Lotta Rahme (independent tanner, Sweden)

17.00 Opening exhibition ‘The search of national’ at the Kondas Centre of Naive Art (Pikk 8, Viljandi)