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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

David Goodwin

I combine modern manufacturing processes with traditional craft techniques to produce fascinating and elegant jewellery. Wire structures manufactured in 18ct gold, set with precious gemstones and pearls play with the light and attract the eye.

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Something Old, Something New. The Marriage of Digital - Craft
The aim of this paper was to examine the hybrid practice of integrating computer-aided design and/or manufacture with the traditional techniques of metalwork and jewellery. It questions how digital technology provides not only technical precision, but also, crucially, an original theatre for creative stimulus, extending the boundaries and rejuvenating the traditional vocabulary of the craft.
This is illustrated with work that, although digitally created or inspired, nevertheless relies on the integration and knowledge of applying traditional hand skills. Contemporary metalwork and jewellery makers who initiate this hybrid practice in their work were contacted to contribute to this paper.


Outcome 2 - 100% Proof
The works that I selected to show in this exhibition were gold jewellery pieces. The main criteria for the work from the Mesh & Helix series were to push the boundaries of new technologies within the practise of jewellery manufacture and to question their applications within the field of craft. The Mesh & Helix series were designed with the use of CAD and the manufacturing processes of Rapid Prototyping, Casting and other traditional jewellery making techniques.
The use of new manufacturing techniques within the creation of the jewellery objects was to research the possibilities that these technologies can offer and to create work that would arguably not exist otherwise.


Outcome 3 - Interface
For this project I was asked to submit the process and working of how I produce my work: initial sketches, 3D models, prototypes, silicon moulds and finished pieces. I created a new range of experimental pieces based on the use of the way that rapid prototyping technologies build in layers and ‘grow’ the object. I created jewellery objects that arguably could not be produced by any other means and that would not have the same effect if fabricated by hand.
Titled the Grow series, the work examined and researched how rapid prototyping technologies, specifically the 3D Systems Viper, builds in layers and uses support structures to allow for the building of undercuts and overhangs. The experimentation process required me to create different design ideas to test the technology whilst creating valid outputs in relation to my criteria of jewellery objects.


Outcome 4 - Rising Stars
I selected 11 rings to be shown at this exhibition to display the changing aspects of my work. Ranging from 2004 to 2007, the collection explored scale, form, material and process.
The Mesh & Grid series, which push the limitations of rapid prototyping and new casting technologies, were on show in a retrospective timeline idea, new work was produced to show progression which looks to analyse pattern within my work. The idea of showing work retrospectively along with new work was to examine, with exploration of these techniques and my design aesthetic, the many exciting possibilities still available.


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