A tangle of thoughts

28 August 2007

One throws out threads of ideas and others pick them up add a few more and pass it on. Others mess it up and soon there is a tangle, a ghost of an idea.
When I visited with Pat Freiert she mentioned that she and her husband had taken a course in MINDFUL LIVING. This sounded to me like the mindfulness of the tea creremony (the attactive part to me) or the Zen way of creating decribed in the Unknown Craftsman.
Now Leach, who wrote the introduction to this book has his detractors–Garth Clark is one. His words spoke to me too:

Fine art ceramics is not a panacea and we do need to revalue and encourage the craft pot, provided it can find a contemporary voice.

The blog, What’s in the Making has a few entries, thoughtful, and the following intro:

The crux of the matter
As a Slow Notion, this topic delves into the practical, aesthetic and moral dimensions of the craft process. In the spectrum of production, design refers to the conception and promotion, while making is the middle process that brings design into being. In late capitalism, making becomes ever more invisible. Our factories have gone to China. This has led to anxieties about skill-shortage in the West. Does it matter that we no longer make things? Does it matter how things are made — whether they are made by hand or who makes them?

This blog dicusses the Droog design philosophy and now the emergence of iCraft. Can prototyping desk top computer displace the craftsperson?

the United States currently has a significant market and technological advantage in these technologies, all of which directly convert computer design files that describe objects as “3D models” into physical objects constructed layer by layer (i.e., assembling particles of work-piece material digitally on each layer and then adding to the work piece one layer at a time).
Digital production (or rapid manufacturing) transforms engineering design files directly into functional objects—ideally, fully functional objects.

Pat of South Carolina South Carolina talks about slow weaving.
I’ll leave the DYI movement for another entry.

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3 Responses to “A tangle of thoughts”

  1. Fiona Says:

    have you come across Jane Frost’s blog where she writes about her experiences of slow making. http://frostart.co.uk/general_info/blog.php
    You might also be interested in Cathy Treadaway, http://www.csad.uwic.ac.uk/profile_ctreadaway.htm, who researches into the effects of digital technology on creative process. She’s a textile artist herself and much of her work is also with artists working in textiles. She’s speaking at a workshop on Physicality at Lancaster University (UK) this coming weekend – I’m hoping to be able to hear her, and I think her paper will be online after the workshop.

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  2. I read the link to the blog on design philosophy and found an entry on the value of handwriting. Indeed, I had mentioned somewhere on my blog about writing the pre-final versions of essay drafts in college for these very reasons. I think how we do things, whether weaving, writing, designing, affects our whole being and changes us and our values.

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  3. glennis Says:

    Wow- that was a lot of food for thought. I went to the NCSU JTATM site and read over the abstracts there. Cathy Treadaway’s work is intriguing- I guess I assumed that the use of digital imaging technology as a design tool as opposed to a production tool was already in full swing in the textile design world. Tricia McKellar comes to mind. Although she doesn’t (that I know of) design commercial textiles she melds technology with her textile work in a meta-media sort of fashion.
    I was also interested in the abstracts on the 3D body scanning technologies and wonder how artists such as yourself, Karren (and other artwear designers) might envision incorporating this idea in the future.

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