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Exciting new programme to integrate cutting-edge digital technologies into traditional craftmaking

Posted 12.02.2021
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Exciting new programme to integrate cutting-edge digital technologies into traditional craftmaking moves online

Applications open for 20 places on innovative programme hosted by Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Limerick School of Art & Design 


Applications are being sought for an exciting new programme that will integrate cutting-edge digital technologies into traditional craftmaking.

The iAtelier programme is a core activity of the Crafting Europe project, which is led by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) and supported by Creative Europe.

Applications are being sought for 20 participants for the European Union funded programme, which is hosted by Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, in partnership with the DCCI.

Originally planned for 2020, iAtelier was postponed until this spring due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

DCCI European Programme Project Manager Nikola Tomić said: “The iAtelier programme was originally envisaged as a studio-based residence to include hands-on technical learning and encourage mobility among master craftspeople and younger generations. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, each partner in the Crafting Europe project had to adapt the programme to their respective national Covid-19 restrictions, and most partners moved all or the majority of the programme’s elements online. That is why we renamed the programme ‘iAtelier Online.”

The programme is being led by Digital Design and Fabrication Lecturer, LSAD, Michael McLaughlin and will be implemented across eight European countries.

Mr McLaughlin said: “iAtelier aims to create a craft innovation springboard by providing participants with training, access to new tools, and opportunities to network with designers, craftspeople and experts from across each host country. By exploring the intersection of traditional and digital tools and techniques, the participants will be encouraged to develop a myriad of creative and innovative projects.”

Applicants from a digital design or traditional craft background are invited to apply for the programme.

The iAtelier Introduction Series will take place in April 2021, where participants from both digital design and traditional crafts backgrounds will introduce their work and explore future design collaborations.

A series of expert talks will follow, in which participants will attend a series of online live talks from expert designers and craftspeople introducing how they utilise digital technologies and digital fabrication within their practice. Following on from these events, participants will be invited to apply for the Maker Workshops.

To be eligible participants will need to form a collaborative partnership of two or more participants. The collaborative partnership will be asked to create a digital craft project proposal and five of these partnerships will then be selected by the Crafting Europe team to develop their project through the Maker Workshops at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT.

The Deadline for iAtelier Online is midnight on February 17, 2021. Application forms for the programme can be accessed at


For further information, please contact [email protected]