Chinese Visual Festival

Crafting Futures Odette Steele


A short film of textile designer Odette Steele’s 6 week residence in Chengdu on the Crafting Futures China project in 2019.


The film

A short documentary film about UK textile designer Odette Steele’s 6 week residence in Chengdu on the Crafting Futures China project in 2019 – an adventure in exploring sustainable materials and creative design through the traditional craft skill of Shu Embroidery.


About Odette Steele

Odette Steele graduated from University of Arts London with a degree in Academic Practice and London College of Fashion with a degree in Fashion Textile. With a unique style and eye for detail, Odette is a Textile Designer, with her work focused on embroidery, print and knit outcomes. She is seeking a career path where she can use her design skills and experience to produce unique products and services, as well as teaching and collaborating to encourage the sharing and transfer of skills.


About Crafting Futures China

Crafting Futures is a British Council global programme supporting the future of craft; its practices and people. In 2019, British Council launched Crafting Futures in China, aiming to foster international opportunities for UK and Chinese women artisans, explore sustainability and innovation across the craft sector and drive change among younger generations.

Partnering with cultural enterprise Fangsuo Commune, the British Council invited emerging UK designers Odette Steele and Abbie Adams to Chengdu in Sichuan Province and Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province for a 6-week residency. The programme offered a unique opportunity to engage with traditional embroidery and ceramics artisans, collaborate with local craft students and engage audiences through special exhibitions and local media coverage. Following the residencies, participants will continue to research, develop and design sustainable and innovative craft projects,  working with UK and Chinese craft practitioners.



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