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“The tutors were fantastic! A crazy amount of information and experience was provided in a such a short frame of time.”

Workshop participant, Make:Shift:Do Dundee 2014

“Very inspiring.”

Salon attendee, Make:Shift:Do Dundee 2014

A nationwide programme of craft innovation workshops.

We are throwing open our doors and offering a tinker-tastic range of making workshops and activities to open your eyes to the potential of new craft.

Make:Shift:Do is organised by the Crafts Council in partnership with founding partners the V&A and Institute of Making at UCL. 


E-textiles: Crafting Connections for Wellbeing

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This workshop invites you to join textile designers, Sara Nevay and Lucy Robertson, in a creative space to make fun and interactive e-textiles to characterise and celebrate our connections with others. E-textiles - or Electronic-Textiles – are textiles and fabrics that are combined with embedded electronics for functional or decorative effect. This workshop is suitable for beginners but basic hand sewing skills are required. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring along any fabric, buttons, beads and any other embellishments you’d like to use to personalise your textile companions.

You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and experiment with novel materials to:

  • Craft and create personalised interactive textile companions to take home
  • Learn how to integrate basic electronics such as LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) with fabrics
  • Work with a friend or loved one to incorporate electronics and make your companions interact
  • Flying solo? Make an individual interactive textile or work with other workshop participants to make a pair

Connecting with others is identified as one of the five key drivers for wellbeing, positively contributing to and supporting mental health. Beyond connective technologies, we can truly and socially connect through shared activity such as craft; research has shown that craft supports wellbeing by creating therapeutic value, enabling social activity and a sense of community and togetherness.

Research data may be gathered with participant’s permission.

Friday 27th October 2017

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee


£15 per person. Book now.



 Sara Nevay is a PhD researcher at DJCAD specializing in e-textiles as tools for social connectedness. With a background in textile, service and co-design, Sara uses craft activities to explore how combining textiles with electronics might support people who are vulnerable to loneliness to connect more meaningfully with others. Her interests include textiles/e-textiles, craft, collaboration, ageing and social wellbeing. Learn more about Sara’s work.



  Lucy Robertson is a postgraduate researcher with a background in textile design, marketing and entrepreneurship. She is currently undertaking a PhD to explore sonic textiles for health and wellbeing. Her research interests are in e-textiles, craft, entrepreneurship, marketing, health and wellbeing and education. Find out more about her research.




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We are the creative hub at the heart of the University of Dundee - the top university in Scotland for Art & Design (Complete University Guide 2018). We have an established reputation for world-class teaching and research, with art, craft and design practice as a central tenet. Driving innovation through radical experimentation, our researchers actively engage in collaborative activities with colleagues internationally. Dundee, named as the UK’s ‘coolest city’ by GQ Magazine, is a hotbed of creativity and innovation. The city is a UNESCO City of Design, the only city in the UK to hold the prestigious honour. We operate at the heart of this community, nurturing and supporting enterprise for the Creative Industries. The hugely anticipated V&A Museum of Design Dundee is an indicator of both the City and our burgeoning international reputation for enterprise and entrepreneurship through craft and design.