The Dundee Design Festival Factory Residency offered three designers work placements with Scotland-based manufacturers to develop ideas, improvise with materials and experiment with different industrial techniques. The project was launched as part of Dundee Design Festival 2017 in partnership with Make Works.
Founded in 2014 by Fi Duffy-Scott after travelling over 3,000 miles from Shetland to the Borders to visit and map Scottish manufacturers, Make Works has helped make fabrication in Scotland more accessible for artists, designers and makers. Following an open call in March 2017, a three-way panel including Fi Duffy-Scott, Neville Rae of design, fabrication and installation experts Old School Fabrications, and Pete Thomas of design studio Tom Pigeon selected and paired three designers with three Scotland-based manufacturers. The selected residents were Florence Dwyer,Dawn Youll, and Tommy Perman & Simon Kirby.
“The residency was about encouraging process rather than focussing on an end-product ready for market,” said Fi. “Instead the programme was about supporting play and experimentation. To be given the time and space to develop their ideas, plus the expert support from technicians and machinists, is an opportunity many designers don’t often get. We’re delighted by the results and we hope the project will pave the way for other experimental collaborations between designers and manufacturers.”
The project culminates in May 2018 with the exhibition FACTORY SHOP which brings together products and prototypes made by three designers during their residency.