Creative Approaches in Digital Craft through the Application of Waterjet: The development of Marquetry, Construction and Design in Studio Glass.
Troli, Margareth (2011) Creative Approaches in Digital Craft through the Application of Waterjet: The development of Marquetry, Construction and Design in Studio Glass. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland
This research is concerned with the engagement of waterjet cutting (a CAD/CAM technology mainly used in industrial production) from the perspective of a designer-maker. The research focus is on practical investigations in the field of ʻStudio Glassʼ a sub-branch of ʻStudio Craftʼ. Novel technical approaches of interlocking, construction, fusing and casting were developed through investigation and engagement with waterjet cutting, glass and a range materials to aid in the making of glass artifacts. Methods for creating ‘Marquetry’ in glass by interlocking shapes and reliefpatternmaking are made explicit through tests and artworks. Flexible materials, heat-resistant materials and porous materials were cut to aid in mould production for glass. The testing of interlocking by offset and topographic layering established potential routes for developing artworks. This research project has developed new technical and creative approaches for ‘Studio Glass’ through combining waterjet cutting with kiln-forming techniques. This project was achieved through practice-led research based on a ‘multi-method’ approach, by lending approaches from identified methodologies such as Bicoleur and Adopted Naturalistic Inquiry. Collaboration and facilitating projects proved that the research also have a wider application potential. The research journey shows evidence of how access to a digital fabrication technology has influenced and inspired the development of a new visual language for the researcher. It is also evident that strategies for developing ideas, as well as working-methods have changed as a consequence of employing CAD/CAM. Ideas inspired from the use of technology changed throughout the research. Initially works were based on testing, but were later were inspired by findings and as the waterjet became second nature to the researcher.
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