Future Foundry: Closing the Loop


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14 - 20 February
Future Foundry ,the social enterprise which helps young people gain a foothold in the creative industries, showcases the results of their latest training programme, ‘Closing the Loop’, which took place in Dover and Sheerness in 2017. The free training programme introduced young creative people aged 16 to 30 to the Circular Economy and the idea of building businesses in innovative and low-cost ways, such as using discarded materials to reuse, remake and manufacture new products, or develop community projects or events.

The Circular Economy is a vision of a world where both the making and using of products wastes nothing. It offers an alternative to the traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) and aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Workshops run by industry experts explored sustainable design and waste reduction, business, rapid prototyping and more traditional making techniques such as screenprinting. Ideas developed included printing on and upcycling discarded wetsuits by Lorna Doyle, neonatal midwife Sian Knight's innovative products for babies in incubators, Rose Hewitt’s knitted accessories made from T-shirt yarn and Jack Cant’s artworks and furniture made from skateboards.

Future Foundry aims to address the barriers to entry facing young people who want a career in the creative industries. The profit-for-purpose company promotes excellence, bringing young people into contact with inspiring practitioners, to enable creative business start up and engagement with contemporary maker and sustainability movements. Future Foundry is supported by Kent County Council, Scape Reinvest Communities Fund, Countrystyle Recycling, Arts Council England, Swale Borough Council, Dover Big Local, Dover Town Council, Dover Community Association and Andrews & Arnold. Future Foundry has successfully worked with over 400 young people from across Kent through its creative workshops and the popular Student Makers Markets which offer free stalls and ‘street based’ business training for students, graduates and unemployed 16

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2QrBTXhbnM