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Lauren is a specialist in craft, innovation, unconventional entrepreneurship and identity. Drawing on years of working within arts organisations, with craft freelancers and practitioners, and across academia, Lauren values the relationships and stories that emerge when working with curiosity and in collaboration. Themes central to her work on the Creative Communities programme include co-creation, cultural democracy, and arts and culture as a mechanism for community activism.


Baker, L., Bruce, F. and Cooper, S. (2023). The Co-Creation of Contemporary Craft Identities via Temporary Collaboration between Designer-Makers and Craft Development Organisations. The Design Journal. 

Shaw, K., Baker, L. and Peel, S. (2023). By All, For All: The Power of Partnerships. AHRC Creative Communities Deep Dive Report 2023. 

Baker, L. (2021). Unconventional Craft Identities: Acknowledging Alternative Approaches to Enterprise in Scottish Craft. Makings Journal, 2(1). 

Baker, L. (2020). Craft & Covid-19: Vulnerabilities & Resiliency. Craft Futures at the American Craft Council. 

Baker, L., Valentine, L., & Cooper, S. (2019). Designing Craft Opportunity: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Creating the Craft Scotland Summer Show. The Design Journal22(sup1), 123-135.

  • Art and Design (other/general) PhD
  • Art MA
  • Textile Design BA (Hons)

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