Making is a tradition as old as humanity itself. For many people it is critical to survival. For others it is a chosen vocation. For some it is simply a delight to be able to shape a material and say: “I made that”.
Making is also a powerful way to solve problems, express ideas and shake our world. It is an empowering skill for children, young people and adults alike. What and how we make defines who we are, and communicates who we want to be.
The campaign to raise awareness of the importance of making has been gathering momentum, with institutions such as RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) spearheading the STEM to STEAM movement. STEM to STEAM aims to add Art and Design to the classic lineup of STEM subjects in education and business – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Advocates for STEAM argue that Art and Design are capable of transforming our economy in the 21st century. Making is pivotal to this.
As well as an important tool for learning, making has an impact on wellbeing and personal expression and fulfillment.
This theme explores the relationship between imagination and making. We are interested in how one impacts the other.