Beneath the Surface: Digital-craft borderlands in education

Jennifer Gray, Stephen Bottomley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

This paper explores the current craft practices and ethos of
academic craft makers within the Design School at Edinburgh
College of Art /The University of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) has had a strong virtuous tradition
of studio-based practice dating back to the 18th Century and now,
with an increasing community of digitally versed makers, practices
go beneath a material surface to investigate shared themes of
production, narrative and memory.
How are digital methodologies being introduced to traditional
studio based craft programs like Glass, Jewellery and
Silversmithing by subject practitioners (Bottomley and Gray) and
applied by their new emerging makers?
Have values of craftsmanship altered when operating in the
territory between craft culture and digital making?
To explore these questions the philosophical approaches to research
and practice of Bottomley and Gray to research and practice, will be
examined in relation to the academic curricula they shape through
projects and post-graduate research at ECA. This paper will
demonstrate how the digital alone cannot deliver polished and
beautiful finished products and recognise the importance of
integrating essential hand skills and tacit material knowledge with
the use of modern digital technologies.
Keywords: Integration, (im)-materiality,
practice-led teaching
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAll Makers Now: Craft Values in 21st Century Production
Subtitle of host publication International Conference Proceedings, Autonomatic Research Group
EditorsJustin Marshall, Katie Bunnell
PublisherFalmouth University
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-0-9544187-9-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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