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Crafting as Inquiry into Computation: Exploring wire-bending in traditional practice and design education.


This paper presents the development of three novel approaches to sustaining and revitalizing the dying craft of wire-bending: Digital Crafting, Computational Crafting, and Crafting Fabrication. Computation and digital technology were integrated with traditional wire-bending principles to design and fabricate artifacts. Three artifacts resulting from these novel approaches are presented, and analyzed for how these methods may be used in design education and practice. [Link to paper]

Keywords: wire-bending; Bailey-Derek Grammar; craft; computational design; fabrication; Digital Crafting; Computational Crafting; Crafting Fabrication; Trinidad Carnival

Citation - Noel, Vernelle A. A. 2016. “Crafting as Inquiry into Computation - Exploring Wire-Bending in Traditional Practice and Design Education.” Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (Eds.), Complexity & Simplicity - Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, Pp. 311-320. http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2016_075.



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