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Wasted. When Trash Becomes Treasure.

Digital book launch and talk by Glenn Adamson & Katie Treggiden

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Wasted. When Trash Becomes Treasure.

Digital book launch and talk

Craft, design and creativity have an incredible power to bring about positive social change. Perhaps nowhere more so than when it comes to the existential threat to the environment currently facing the world’s population. 

Our current model of take-make-waste means that two-thirds of what we extract from the earth ends up as waste. But there is hope in the solutions proposed by a new generation of optimistic designers and makers. Indeed, they are perhaps the only hope we have.

On the occasion of the publication of the book Wasted. When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion) Glenn Adamson and Katie Treggiden discuss the all-consuming topic of waste and explore how it could instead become the raw material of the future. 

Our MAD residents, Studio Plastique are part of this book.


Info & registration

Date and time: Thursday December 10, 2020 - 7 pm.

Participation is free, but registration is required. 



More about Katie Treggiden & Glenn Adamson

Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven writer and keynote speaker championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine, Design Milk and Monocle24. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden. She has launched, edited and published an award-winning design blog and an independent print magazine. She recently gained a distinction for her master’s degree in the History of Design from the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of the Leach Pottery.

Glenn Adamson is a curator and writer who works at the intersection of craft, design history and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. He is the host of Design in Dialogue, a triweekly online interview series co-presented with Friedman Benda gallery. Adamson’s publications include Fewer Better Things (2019); Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson); The Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007). He contributes regularly to Art in America, Crafts, Disegno, frieze, The Magazine Antiques, and other publications. Adamson was the co-curator of Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years at MAD (2016); Beazley Designs of the Year 2017, at the Design Museum, London; and Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, at the Yale Center for British Art (2017). He recently completed a biographical study of the artist Lenore Tawney, included in the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s exhibition catalogue Mirror of the Universe.  



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