DESIGN_ The fate of craft in a digital and technological era: how can machines be manipulated to produce more 'human' outputs? Frances Norris - curious print designer with a focus on process manipulation - develops methods whereby traditional techniques can be reinvented to sustain their existence within our digital era.
"My project Neocraft: Humanising the Machine 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."
*With thanks to Interform, Unit 22 Laser cut and DuPont™ Corian® who helped fabrication processes along the way.