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Little Business – BIG Ideas/The Business of Making:

National Festival of Making Conference in association with Business Innovation for Growth (BIG)

Time & Date: 11-1pm, Friday 5th May

Little Business – BIG Ideas/The Business of Making: 

We offer a glimpse into what the future could be through case studies of dynamic maker start-ups who through their products and innovation demonstrate how creativity can help us imagine a different world.

Fi Scott (Make Works),
Jim Rhodes/Barney Mason (Made by Those)
Nicolas Roope (Plumen)

Hosted by Daniel Charny (Fixperts/From Now On)

Other speakers to be confirmed

Address/Location: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Museum St, Blackburn, BB1 7AJ

Time: 11-1pm
Date: Friday 5 May
Venue: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
Tickets: £6 / £4 Concessions 


Members of Creative Lancashire Network, Creative Industries Federation & D&AD can use the following Code to purchase Tickets at the discounted price of £4:



Make Works are making manufacturing accessible. Think of it like a public library. An open resource made by dedicated factory finders where you can discover skilled manufacturers, tools and materials to make work with in your area.

Fi Scott is a manufacturing geek and the founder of Make Works, which she started in her final year studying product design at Glasgow School of Art. She spends her time between design and strategy for the organisation, but her favourite thing to do is still visiting the makers, manufacturers and industrial estates of Scotland

Made By Those was founded in 2014 by Jim Rhodes, Carmen Domingo & Barney Mason (above), a studio with the intent to pursue the use of technologies in design. It focuses on connecting the physical and the digital worlds.

Its first product was Woodpecker, a scalable digital drawing tool that can be placed and programmed to draw on any surface.

With a mission to create new ways to combine the digital with the physical, Those have now created Joto, an antidote to our reliance on pixels and glass screens. Joto takes the concept behind Woodpecker – transferring digital files, whether it’s pictures, texts or tweets, and into a real life image – and applies it to a product accessible and suitable for home use.

Nicolas Roope co- founded Plumen with Michael-George Hemus in 2011 and launched Plumen 001, an energy-efficient light bulb with design credentials. Six years later, Plumen has become a full lighting company, and the bulbs are now the illumination of choice for hospitality establishments from Bratislava to Jakarta. The Plumen 001 is now part of the permanent collections at MoMA, the V&A and Cooper Hewitt, and was nominated as design of the year by London’s Design Museum. After launching the second bulb in 2014, the company recently unveiled the 'Plumen 003', a slight departure from the more rational designs of '001' and '002' and a more poetic, slightly nostalgic approach to the light bulb. 

Daniel Charny is an acclaimed curator and design educator deeply interested in the role of making in our future lives. He is creative director of the London based consultancy From Now On and co-founder director of the award winning social design initiative Fixperts. Charny is Professor of Design at Kingston University and guest professor at KADK in Copenhagen, previously Senior Tutor at Royal College of Art. He is best known as curator of the Power of Making exhibition for the V&A museum and as creative director of the Maker Library Network for the British Council and founding director of the hardware incubator Central Research Laboratory.

Images: Joto, Fi Scot & Plumen



National Festival of Making (FOM), a vibrant celebration of Britain’s manufacturing and making heritage taking place on 6 & 7 May.

The festival will bring together artists designers, manufacturers, small scale makers and the public together to explore their own making potential. The festival takes place in Blackburn, where 25% of people, twice the national average, are still employed in manufacturing.

In the days preceding the weekend festivities Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, Design Council D&AD and Central Research Laboratory, will present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners, makers and other manufacturing businesses.

Through a series of Conversations in Creativity panels and Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) workshops the conference events will address key themes relevant to creative practitioners involved in the maker movement and industry.


Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery,
Museum Street