CI Labs #10: Data for Green Making

  • 13 Feb 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 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 are data and environmental concerns changing the craft sector in Scotland and beyond?


At a time of climate crisis, many artist and makers are thinking more carefully about the materials they use and the sustainability of their methods when making work. Some are going a step further and creating tactile objects that incorporate data in response to environmental changes and concerns.

CI Lab 10, delivered in partnership with Applied Arts Scotland, will consider how environmental data is affecting the making practices and the materials used in contemporary craft, coinciding with the Think Plastic: Materials and Making exhibition in the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Our speakers will include:

Carol Sinclair, Chair of Applied Arts Scotland and participant artist in the 'Think Plastic' exhibition. She combines porcelain with a variety of other materials to create installations and one off artworks on the themes of memory, connection and environment.

Deirdre Nelson, a maker creating textiles which explore humour, place and social history. She recently completed an Artist in Residence at Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale in Norway.

Lynne Mennie, a designer who combines a data-driven approach with hand weaving techniques. She recently took part in the Crafting Futures Mexico progamme with the British Council and is the practitioner lead for the Aural Textiles & Distributed Capabilitieproject .

CI Labs

CI Labs are informal, monthly events which pop up at venues across Edinburgh, sharing innovative data-driven creative work and providing a meeting place for creatives of all disciplines to connect and collaborate. They are part of the Creative Informatics programme. 

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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