Neocraft: Humanising the Machine

Textile Futures MA 2012-13 United Kingdom / 2013

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My project investigates whether digital technologies can be considered as tools for craft. Automated processes are often perceived as too predictable and lacking in human touch. I aim to discover unconventional techniques whereby the craftsman can humanise the machine by subverting its controls. A machine is made to do process x within parameter y. I intend to remove y from the control of the machine, and take control myself. This forces the machine to apply process x to the situation I choose. As a result I hope to promote this new digital platform for craft makes. By considering the laser cutter as a heating element rather than a cutting tool I have manipulated its specification to sublimate dye onto synthetic materials. My vessel forms provided angles that tricked the focus of the laser, creating imperfect results and revealing human mark makings.
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    My project investigates whether digital technologies can be considered as tools for craft. Automated processes are often perceived as too predictable and lacking in human touch. I aim to discover unconventional techniques whereby the craftsman can humanise the machine by subverting its controls. A machine is made to do process x within parameter y. I intend to remove y from the control of the machine, and take control myself. This forces the machine to apply process x to the situation I...

    Project details
    • Year 2013
    • Work finished in 2013
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Product design
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