Manifesto point 7 – We nurture audiences.
“As a maker I explore ways of sharing, educating, supporting and developing my practice believing it’s important to look beyond the studio to contribute to the wider community. I think all the Manifesto points are relevant to create a strong, thriving and sustainable creative industry.
Through point 7, educating new audiences and sharing what we do will raise awareness and understanding of our specialist industries. Programming and producing new ways of engagement through schools and community projects will help craft become more accessible for more individuals.”
Stefanie Cheong is a maker who creates ethical jewellery and objects. Working with Fairtrade and recycled metals alongside found Scottish rock that she cuts using traditional lapidary techniques and presents them in a contemporary style. She initiated O-PiN, a project that looks to support jewellery practice in Scotland by developing new audiences and offering opportunities to makers. In the last few years she has taken post as Craft Development Officer at Fife Contemporary and joined the board of Applied Arts Scotland to find ways of exploring and promoting ethical and sustainable practice within the sector.