Craft In The Age Of Digital Fabrication Presented By FAB9 x General Assembly

Craft is an art, trade or occupation, requiring special skills, typically manual skills involving patience and dexterity. Often, what defines craft is that within the process of making, the final piece is ‘at risk’, that a certain outcome is not guaranteed. The Internet and the advent of digital fabrication have reimagined how we make things by changing our relationship to production, through computer aided design and additive and subtractive manufacturing. These digital processes, seem at odds with the definition of craft.

Hans Chang, the founder and CEO of FAB9, Melbourne’s newest high-tech makerspace will chat to a panel of contemporary makers, on the vanguard, who are integrating new technologies in their making and will discuss with them:

What does it mean to be a craftsperson, in the age of digital fabrication?
How has digital fabrication tools and techniques changed your making process?
What are some advantages and disadvantages of hand craft vs digital techniques?

Sarah Ceravolo, Convolo Design
As a designer committed to exploring the potential of technology, Sarah Ceravolo has embraced computational design processes and fabrication methods to achieve optimal and dynamic functional form. With a background in Fine Arts and Architecture, Sarah has developed a design-focused skillset ranging from gold and silver-smithing to conceptual technology driven architecture. Having already exhibited at the Beijing Biennale, Sarah presented to members of NASA at the 2012 Venice Biennale Space Symposium. She launched a collection of work at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Design Week exhibition and Wanted Design in New York. Her solo Melbourne exhibition, Tango of the Minimal Surface launched Convolo Design and took place at fortyfivedownstairs. Sarah is an advisor on thee 3D Manufacturing Industry’s Advisory Committee, Australia.

Jem Selig Freeman, Designer – Like Butter
Jem Selig Freeman is an industrial designer and furniture maker, whose primary areas of engagement are CNC machining and manufacturing, 3D computer modelling and animation, digital and analog photography. Jem is one half of Like Butter, a design and fabrication studio in Kensington which he runs with his wife sculptor Laura Woodward. Like Butter functions across multiple industries, from its own furniture and lighting products, to film and animation production, to one-off commissions for significant design and fabrication projects. Like Butter has gained a reputation for its approach to design and fabrication that is based on flexible and lateral thinking, strong aesthetics and considered detailing.

Bin Dixon-Ward, Jewellery Maker
Bin Dixon-Ward brings a distinctive lens to contemporary jewellery and a new way to understand and engage with the urban fabric and the role of digital technologies in jewellery. Her solo exhibitions include The Grid Reimagined At RMIT, Oomph! for Radiant Pavilion and This is What’s Left of the West Gate at The Substation. Her work is held in public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Musee des Artes Decoritifs (The Louvre) Paris and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Bin is a sessional lecturer teaching digital modeling and 3D printing in the RMIT School of Art.