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Let’s Talk About… Craft Culture

March 08, 2016


How is placemaking shaped by a tradition of craft? From Medicine Hat’s Medalta factory, thriving on the rich resources of clay and natural gas in the 1900s, to bespoke, digital means and mass customization, “craft” defies narrow definition. And yet the ability to think with one’s hands is pervasive in our connection to local culture and our natural environment. What traditional ways of making and construction are important to our city? And what economic possibilities does craft and making afford?

Join the conversation with panelists:

Aaron Nelson, Medalta

Ian MacGregor, The Canadian Museum of Making

Maddy Purves-Smith, Custom Woolen Mills

Jennifer Dobbin, The Dobbin Group

Studio Collective, University of Calgary


Tickets to the event can be purchased in advance online at

Adult $12 public / Students $5

Tickets also available at the door $15


About d.talks

Started in 2013, Design Talks Institute is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to fostering collaboration and conversation about design and the built environment in Calgary. d.talks aims to broaden public awareness of the connection between thoughtful design and better quality of urban life. Find more at:

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