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David Goodwin
Something Old, Something New: The Marriage of Digital - Craft

Conference Contribution

Challenging Craft International Conference
Grays School of Art

September 8, 2004

paper: Something Old, Something New: The Marriage of Digital - Craft
co-author: Stephen Bottomley

Following ongoing practice-based research, Goodwin was invited to co-author Something Old, Something New - The Marriage of Digital - Craft, conference paper with fellow researcher, Stephen Bottomley (Head of Metal, Sheffield Hallam University).

This paper was subsequently presented at the Challenging Craft International Conference, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen alongside keynote speakers such as Mah Rana and Kenji Toki.

The paper examines hybrid research into 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 craft.

The paper included a peer review of contemporary metalwork and jewellery works that, although digitally created or inspired, relied upon the integration and knowledge of applying traditional hand skills. This led to invited menbership to the Crafts Council Advisory Group into future development. The above research has also informed forthcoming individual projects, such as Interface, 2006, which sought to further change research methodologies utilized in traditional and new technological development.

A revised version of this paper was presented at the Autonomatic Symposium, Falmouth College of Art, February 2005. This second paper extended the reflective review of individual practice-based research in relation to new technologies and the use of CAD/CAM processes within jewellery design and manufacture in general.

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