Liverpool Design Festival comes to successful conclusion
The Liverpool Design Festival concluded on Sunday 8 November 2009 and has been branded a great success by organisers and participants alike.
Tara Badami, Director of Design Initiative which organised the Festival said;
“Despite shocking weather over 1500 visitors braved the elements to visit the Eco Design show and shopped, networked and had fun making their own creations in the workshops. I believe we really boosted the local design economy and have put people in touch with each other that will go on to create new products and new businesses.”
Ilsa Parry, designer and exhibitor said;
“The Liverpool Eco Design show this year was a huge success for me in terms of making the direct local contacts I needed to ensure that my business reaches its ambitious goals. I met a wide and varied range of people and thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating my work to the visitors who were genuinely interested.”
The opening event of the festival was the Eco Design Show with trade, press and VIPs visiting on Friday 30th October and over 1500 paying visitors coming in over Saturday 31st Oct and Sunday 1st Nov. Visitors discovered how to turn old shop signs, car windscreens and plastic bags into beautiful and functional lamps, vases, bowls and jewellery, before making their own t-shirt designs or ‘pimping’ their old bags into something special with local designers Neil Keating, Emily Lansley and Clare Wilson from Nook and Willow.
The Finishing School ran from Monday 2nd – Friday 6th November and offered masterclasses from experts working in the fashion and design industry for aspiring professionals. One of the participants commented; “It’s been absolutely amazing and I’ve received advice and feedback beyond my expectations. It’s going to help me think, reflect, progress and explore new ideas.”
The Design Symposium was held on Wednesday 4th November at the Art and Design Academy of John Moores University. Michael Wolff, perhaps best known as co-founder of iconic brand consultancy Wolff Olins was the highlight of the event. In conversation with Patrick Burgoyne, editor of Creative Review, Wolff shared his wisdom and opinions on branding to a sell-out audience.
Design Stars a competition for 11 to 16 year olds was launched during the Festival. The competition is aimed at getting pupils to think about careers in the design industry and is supported by games giant Sony, graphic agency Nonconform and fashion accessory makers Nook and Willow. Teachers working in Liverpool schools or schools in the Find Your Talent scheme in other Merseyside boroughs need to move fast if they want to benefit from free workshops in their schools. Winners will be announced next year at the Liverpool Design Festival.
The festival also featured a Design Trail around the city which took in exhibitions, art and craft sales, galleries and shops that feature design.
The Liverpool Design Festival is run by industry support body Design Initiative with the financial support of the City of Liverpool and the National Lottery though Arts Council England.