Binary Tools

Tavs Jorgensen

Abstract


Information technology has permeated virtually all of today’s human activities. Digital technology supplies the tools for countless creative practices, however the culture of studio crafts has yet to fully engage itself with these new possibilities. In order for the crafts maker to remain a current and relevant part of contemporary culture it is vital to embrace and utilize these new tools. This research centres on how digitally based techniques can be realistically utilized within a ‘designer-maker’ practice. The article is based on practical research and features a series of projects which deal with Rapid Prototyping, CNC cutting, and three-dimensional freehand drawing. To conclude the article discuses how digitally based techniques combined with traditional craft skills has the potential of forming the concept of the post- industrial artisan.


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