SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming 5th New European Bauhaus (NEB) webinar, titled Responsible Futures: Innovation & Experimentation in Craft taking place on the 17th of April 2024 at 17:00 (CET). The webinar is free and open for all to attend.

The webinar coincides with the annual New European Bauhaus Festival, taking place between 8-21 April 2024. The webinar will present a programme of experts and makers, bringing new perspectives on the role of innovation, experimentation and the transformational potential of craft.

The webinar aligns with the principles of the NEB: beautiful, sustainable, together and will aim to discuss how crafts can play a pivotal role in new forms of innovation that are responsible, socially and environmentally conscious and capable of bringing positive economic, cultural and societal impacts.


Re-engaging old or heritage practices and innovating them in new ways can often bring sustainable and accessible ideas into contemporary life. The webinar programme will shed light on how societal needs; environmental concerns; policy priorities; new technologies and global access to information and knowledge sharing are impacting crafts and craftspeople. It will discuss how we should act with responsibility and care when it comes to the innovation journey and always consider the broader uses, costs and benefits involved.


Case studies and insights from experts will demonstrate how the innovation and experimentation of traditional craft knowledge can push new boundaries in terms of business models, materials, education, skills and community engagement.



17.00 – Welcome & Introduction | Nicky Dewar, President WCCE

17.10 – Keynote speech | Ruxandra Lupu | Responsible Innovation

17.30 – Craft Case 1 | Ivana Borovnjak | MADE IN Platform

17.45 – Craft Case study 2 | Adele Orcajada | Education & Training

18:00 – Craft Case study 3 | Kim Cordes | Materials & Making

18:15 – Q&A




Ruxandra Lupu is currently Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Cyprus, working on methods for mapping how ideas of sustainability are tacitly embedded in the knowledge held by textile craftspeople through their gestures. In her project she aims to develop and test a method for mapping and communicating metaphoric gestures that brings together linguistics, movement/dance theory and creative practice.

Educated as a traditional printmaker in Italy, she obtained her PhD from the University of Leeds in 2020, with a project operating at the intersection of artistic practice, ethnography and new technologies. Previously to her Marie Curie project she was a researcher associated with institutions such as University of Jean Monnet (France), Italian National Research Council (Italy) and Cardiff University (UK). In these roles she worked among other on the development of new frameworks and methods for assessing the value of Research, Development and Innovation practices, arts and crafts skills and research communication and innovation practices.

An enthusiast of novel ideas emerging at the intersection of domains, Ruxandra has a deep interest in emerging innovation practices within crafts, that are performed in an imaginative, responsible and fruitful manner to the benefit of artisans, the environment and society.




Ivana Borovnjak is a designer based in Zagreb, working independently and as a founder and member of Oaza Art and Design Collective. She graduated in conceptual design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007. Since then, she has been actively contributing to the independent cultural scene through projects of various sizes and impacts.

From 2013 to 2017 she was the director of the Croatian Designers Association, involved in the creative direction, curation and management of initiatives, platforms, festivals and educational projects. She designs, curates, researches and writes about art and design.

She designs, curates, researches and writes about art and design, and is a founding member of Oaza, a Zagreb-based arts organisation. Oaza came up with the original idea for the MADE IN project on the basis of a local crafts research project Old School Ilica, and now, about ten year later, MADE IN is a multi-award winning platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange between traditional craftspeople, contemporary designers and experts in the fields of culture and science. MADE IN awards include European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2023.




Adele has been a materials researcher, librarian and curator since 2014, working as a freelance consultant before becoming a partner at MaterialDriven, where she continues to explore materials innovation with brands and institutions. In addition, Adele has been the academic director of the Basque BioDesign Center, a space dedicated to biodesign, technology and sustainable materials development.

She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, and has experience as a fashion accessories designer and product developer, working with fast fashion companies, artisan designers, and fair trade initiatives. She has taught at fashion and design schools in Spain and the UK, ESNE, Central Saint Martins, and Royal College of Arts, and also teaches Materials for the Fashion Degree at IED Kunsthal, Bilbao, and the 3D Design Degree at Kingston University in London.

Adele also regularly contributes as a speaker at events such as Fashion Revolution’s Open Studio, The Festival of Making, London Design Week, the Design Research Society, and Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week, on cutting-edge topics such as materials innovation, sustainability and the circular economy. Her essay Embodying the Invisible has been published in Laundry Arts Service’s The Slow Grind. Adele is currently a pre-doctoral researcher for Elisava University.




Kim Cordes (he/him) has grown up in East Westphalia, Germany since the 1990s. His work is situated in an interplay of Textiledesign, Material Research and Photography. While completing his economic studies in Leipzig in 2018, he founded a sustainable fashion label and a social club. Within his studies in textile design, Kim focuses on eco-social Materialresearch.

His awarded bachelor’s thesis ‘ReFib- Recyclingfibroin as textile finishing’ combines designed research with industrial feasibility. In his artistic work he is questioning multi sensual experiences through textiles in the interference of haptic virtuality.




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