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Digital practice in material hands: How craft and computing practices are advancing digital aesthetic and conceptual methods

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Craft practitioners have deftly navigated a wide range of digital media tools as they have evolved, to enhance and originate forms of practice. Human centric and analogue methods are informing digital creation, which in some cases is softening a prevalent signature aesthetic evidenced in the use of computer fabrication processes. This article observes recent applications of computing media in making spheres consistent with this progression, and evidences new roles for makers as they drive technology use and related agendas, which is leading to craft skill influencing wider realms of practice and industry.

Keywords: aesthetic; analogue; craft; digital fabrication; human centred; naturalization; new media

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Kingston University, UK

Publication date: May 4, 2012

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