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FACTORY DOORS OPENED FOR DUNDEE DESIGN FESTIVAL – 25-29 MAY 2017
The UK’s only UNESCO City of Design opened the second Dundee Design Festival today in an empty factory in the city’s former mill district for a five-day programme of design-themed workshops, talks, film screenings and performances.
Inspired by Dundee’s industrial heritage and the venue’s history as a jute mill and print works, the festival theme is ‘Factory Floor’ celebrating makers and their machines and the future of manufacturing.
“The programme plays with the theme of factory - what does the factory of tomorrow look like and how do people work now. Visitors to Dundee Design Festival can expect to experience an assembly line of creative activity.” says Festival Curator and Producer, Siôn Parkinson.
An exhibition showcasing exciting design innovation in ceramics, furniture, interiors, textiles, jewellery, textiles and healthcare design is the festival centrepiece. Fourteen experimental international designers including Thing Thing from Detroit, French born product designer Ariane Prin, Glasgow based Lynne MacLachlan, and Fiona Robertson from Ninewells Hospital working in partnership with University of Dundee are exhibiting work that shows how traditional industrial processes combined with craft and handmade techniques are allowing designers to explore new techniques and test the capability of materials.