My OFFSET talk. basically.

The talk I gave in Dublin at the Offset series of talks has been put online.

I get a little bit better after the first few mins…. oh dear….

Thanks so much to everyone at OFFSET for putting on such a great event. Its probably the best series of design talks ive seen together anywhere.  It was an amazing honour to speak at it. Many of the other talks are now online. David Shrigley’s one is really funny.

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kumbeshwar technical school

I met up with the excellent Kumbeshwar Technical School here in Nepal, from their fair trade profits they run a school for 260 children as well as an orphanage for 19 children. They also train and run literacy courses for their workers.
I went down to visit them for fair trade day (a week late because of the week long Maoist strike here in May)
For fair trade day KTS hired doctors/nurses/dentists for a free health check for the children, the workers as well as local people and children who are not in the school.
They also had a ‘meet up’ day for their knitters. The knitting that KTS produce is??done by the women at home in the villages so that they can can be flexible and remain with their children, so several times a year they meet up to share skills and get technical feedback. Each of the knitters knitted one patch of their own design and the whole lot was sewn together to make a pair of gloves. The gloves are sent to People Tree who may incorporate some of the patterns into their knitware and reward the knitter’s own designs.
You can read more about them and if you look at the rest of the site see (and order) some of the beautiful knitware products they make here
I am getting some carpets made at KTS …..will post something about that soon