Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Lab Craft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft

Installation of Lab Craft at Oriel Myrddin Gallery

I'm really excited that we are currently in the process of installing The Crafts Council touring show, Lab Craft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft at Oriel Myrddin Gallery. The work arrived with us yesterday and our colleagues from The Crafts Council arrived today to work with us on the installation.

We first saw the show at Tent London in 2010 and were really captured by the ideas and possibilites that the show present to the contemporary designer and craftsperson.

Lab Craft includes 26 makers who combine hand, mind, eye, technical mastery of tools and materials, and aesthetic sensibility, with cutting-edge digital technologies. Using rapid prototyping, laser cutting, laser scanning and digital printing, Lab Craft explores the use of technology as an extension to the capabilities of the human hand.

Curated by Max Fraser, the exhibition includes work by some of the most experimental names currently working in craft and design, including; Tord Boontje, Michael Eden, Gareth Neal, Timorous Beasties and Nina Tolstrup, with many showing innovative work previously unseen. Textiles, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting and much more are presented to engage and intrigue anyone with an interest in craft, materials, design, and technology.

Watch this space for more images and thoughts as the show comes together. There will be an opening event on Saturday 3 March at 2pm with a talk by craft practitioners Anna Lewis and Claire Savage Onstwedder called Crafting Technology. Both Anna and Claire work with CIRIC at Swansea Metropolitan Museum.

Lab Craft will run from 25 February - 7 April 2012.

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