Debate: New technologies are killing hand-made craft
Is there still a place for teaching traditional craft in art and design higher education as preparation for employment in today's creative industries?
Craft – the art of hand making – exists as an end in itself and provides a visual and tangible element of research, development and product. Craft has traditionally questioned and influenced design and manufacturing through its understanding of the properties and potential of materials.
As part of the culture of consumerism, the challenges of 2D digital developments have been embraced and 3D now seeks the skills of hand-forming to progress. Some see this as riding roughshod over traditional craftsmanship. What is the impact of new technologies on quality and value and where does this leave the traditional craft maker?
Panel members include:
- Andrew Adams, Corporate Services Manager by Johnson Tiles in Stoke on Trent
- Christopher Breward, Principal Edinburgh College of Art; Vice-Principal Creative Industries and Performing Arts, formerly Head of Research Victoria and Albert Museum
- Rebecca Earley, Textile Designer and Academic; Professor in Sustainable Textiles and Fashion Design Chelsea College of Arts; Director Textile Futures Research Centre UAL
- Grant Gibson (Chair), Craft, Design and Architecture Writer; Editor Crafts Magazine
- Tavs Jørgensen, Potter and 3D ceramic designer; Research Fellow, Autonomatic Research Group University College Falmouth; Visiting Tutor Royal College of Art
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