For the twelfth year, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts convened a summer conference to look at craft in a broader context. The conference is intimate in scale and encourages an active exchange between participants and presenters. For our summer conferences, mornings are spent in presentations and lectures with afternoons filled with group discussion and studio based workshops that provide a way of exploring ideas through materials. This event is an important part of the work we do at the school, and supports our belief in creating an environment that values reflective thinking within an inclusive and creative community.

This year’s conference, Sustainability: Impulses, practices and models, brought together nine inspiring presenters from a variety of creative disciplines.

Pashon Murray
Keynote Speaker
Abby Barrows
Meredith Brickell
Sara Clugage
Susie Ganch
Pascale Gatzen
Pam Longobardi
Dr. Darren J. Ranco
Nanda Soderberg 

Focusing in the areas of art and design, fashion, education, anthropology, biology, community organizing and critical writing, their work models the potential for creative practices to make meaningful connections between people and to serve as a catalyst for change.

Read more about the Registration Procedures, Presenters, Rates, and more from this year’s conference.

Participants from all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome – no previous experience in any discipline, medium, or technique is required.

A lottery process is used for selecting summer conference participants, with half of the spaces reserved for new attendees. For more information or to be added to our conference mailing list for future years, email 

Eleven years of conference presenters and workshop leaders:

Tanya Aguiñiga
Sandra Alfoldy
Siemon Allen
Nora Atkinson
Dan Beachy-Quick
Paulus Berensohn
Christina Bertoni
John Bielenberg
Nancy Blum
Laura Brown
Rick Brown
Judith Burton
Akiko Busch
Kendall Buster
Robert Campbell
Jamie Carpenter
Alison Chase
Sonya Clark
Matthew Crawford
Erik Demaine
Martin Demaine
Andrea Dezö
Charles Garoian
Neil Gershenfeld
Saul Griffith
Sabrina Gschwandtner
Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Meredith Hall
Del Harrow
Molly Hatch
Ayumi Horie

Laura Hosaluk
Michael Hosaluk
Peter Houk
Tim Ingold
Jeanne Jaffe
Ole Jensen
Daniel Johnston
Jamie Johnston
Tom Joyce

Sarah K. Khan

Maira Kalman
Janet Koplos
Jack Lenor Larsen
Liz Lerman
Faythe Levine
Carole Frances Lung

Ellen Lupton
Lydia Matthews
David McFadden
John McQueen
Nathalie Miebach
Amon Millner

Michael G. Moore
Stephen Nachmanovitch
Arturo O’Farrill
Michael O’Malley
Sheila Pepe

Jeanne Quinn
Ronald Rael
Rowland Ricketts
Brian Rotman
Paul Sacaridiz
Judith Schaechter
Warren Seelig
Ezra Shales
Pradeep Sharma
Jenni Sorkin
Kim R. Stafford
Michael Strand
Susan S. Szenasy
Jeanine Thompson
Jacob Tonski
Matthew Trimble
Allan Wexler

Namita Gupta Wiggers
Anne J. Wilson
Frank Wilson
Joe Wood
Lily Yeh
Amit Zoran


For more information or to be added to our conference mailing list contact Haystack.