This week on The Capital of Craft, Sarah James from Craft Festival and Find a Maker chat's with Dr Nicola Thomas from University of Exeter.
Nicola Thomas is Professor in Historical and Cultural Geography at the Department of Geography, University of Exeter. Her research interrogates the ways in which geographical perspectives can help make sense of ‘craft’. This includes the relationships between places, materials and makers; the role of craft communities; the connections between craft and justice movements, and the embodied, material and social entanglements within craft.
Nicola sits as a Trustee and Director of two arts organisations, Kaleider and Double Elephant Printworkshop, enabling her to take her research back into the sector. Her own passion for engaged research has led her to develop a strong co-design methodology within her research practice, working in partnership with organisations like the Make South West, Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and the Crafts Council.