Intelligent Hands: Navigating Traditional Craft in the Digital Age

10 Jun 2024 · 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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Join Katy Bevan, co-author of "Intelligent Hands: Why making is a Skill for Life", in an online talk as she asks: What technology can offer us? Artificial intelligence now infiltrates all areas of our lives, so is handwork at danger from extinction?

As we hurtle into the fourth industrial revolution, we risk losing the craft skills that make humans unique. New technology could be a risk for makers. So perhaps we should make like the Luddites and put a spanner in the works in advancing technology, or do we embrace this new territory for our own creative benefit? There will be the opportunity to ask questions and join in the conversation.


We run our events in person at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and online, so that as many of our community as possible can exchange ideas, learn from industry experts, and form valuable connections across the UK. We do not record these events, or broadcast them when they are in person, to encourage the open sharing of ideas and experiences and preserve confidentiality. Popular topics will be repeated over time.

Who is the speaker?

Katy Bevan is a writer and educator specialising in craft and mother of a learning disabled adult. She is the editor of many books on craft and writes for textile and craft magazines. Previously at the Crafts Council she founded the publishing company Quickthorn in 2022. Katy is co-author with Charlotte Abrahams of the award nominated Intelligent Hands: Why making is a skill for life and a trustee of Heritage Crafts. She blogs at The Crafter, runs workshops in darning, crochet and knitting and is mostly to be found making something.

@thecrafter_uk @quickthornbooks