CI Studio #5: Tools for Greener Making

  • 21 Feb 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ

Alongside the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and CodeBase, Creative Edinburgh are partners on Creative Informatics. Through five key funding programmes and regular events, Creative Informatics enable creative individuals and organisations to explore how data-driven technologies can enhance their work. 

How can data, digital and physical tools be used to inform better design and making practices that work towards a circular economy model?


CI Studio 5 will bring together individuals and organisations working in and around the creative sector, with a particular focus on material based practices (visual arts/crafts/product design/architecture), to discuss existing good practice and explore future sustainable design models.

How can digital and physical tools be useful? How can data be extracted and put to use to inform better design and making practices?

Participants will be encouraged to share experience from their own practice as we discuss the current challenges, possible solutions, and how data might play a role in affecting change.

Contributors will include...

Veronique AA Lapeyre from Craft Scotland whose Green Crafts Initiative encourages and supports makers to adopt sustainable making practices. Inge Panneels (Creative Informatics), whose craft practice recently interrogated the carbon footprint of a glass art project but found the tools to do so wanting. Diana Sykes from Fife Contemporary, whose ‘climate emergency in practice’ in October provided a useful precursor to today’s workshop. Catriona Patterson from Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) who works with the arts and cultural sector to embed sustainability and engender culture change. Jon Hillier who set up Cool Farm Tools as a one-stop tool for farmers to keep track of their carbon footprint (soil, water, energy, transport etc), Cécile Levavasseur from Edinburgh Tool Library who uses data to track and share tools for more sustainable making. Karen Ridgewell from Architecture and Design Scotland, whose Material Library at the Lighthouse in Glasgow visualises and aids material choices, and Ricardo Weigend (Edinburgh Napier University), whose research focuses on the Circular Economy for SMEs.

CI Studios

CI Studios are regular, informal events open to anyone working in the creative industries interested in learning more about data-driven technologies. Studios will take place at E11, our dedicated workshop space at Edinburgh Napier University, and in venues across Edinburgh/South East Scotland throughout the year, providing opportunities for creative practitioners to try working and experimenting with data in a friendly, practical environment.

About Creative Informatics

Creative Informatics is a partnership across the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase and Creative Edinburgh, enabling individuals and organisations to explore how data-driven technologies can enhance their work.

Funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of the Industrial Strategy, with additional support from the Scottish Funding Council. The programme is part of the City Region Deal Data Driven Innovation initiative.

To find our more about the Creative Informatics programme visit


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