People familiar with my work may be surprised to learn that I use CAD (Rhino, primarily) as a design tool and that quite often, elements of my work are made using CAM processes, such as 3D milling of wax which is then cast in precious metals. My own approach to these technologies is not unique and while I don’t use them as a primary method of production, there are many makers who do – Janet Huddie, Christopher Hentz and Joshua Demonte to name a few with varied approaches.

 

CAD/CAM is here to stay, the 'new industrial revolution'; as with the last industrial revolution, there are the luddites, those brandishing sabots but so far there has not been the equivalent of wealthy, bourgeois mediaevalist, William Morris to lead a movement against it. (Despite the beard and mediaevalist tendencies, I have no such desire to call up arms against new technology quite apart from being of somewhat modest means.)

I recently received an invite for my students and me to participate in a very exciting exhibition of work which focuses on the use of CAD in jewellery. Organised by Karen Dicken, one of my colleagues who teaches CAD and product design in several other Scottish colleges, the exhibition is on the theme of “Handmade by Machine” and is going to be hosted by the prestigious Glasgow arts venue, The Lighthouse, which also houses the only open-access CAM lab in Scotland, MAKLab.

The brief for the competition is very open:

[Students and lecturers] will be invited to explore the possibilities in design using CAD as a tool to make jewellery. They will be asked to produce one piece of jewellery using the computer and its software components as their main tool in production. Pieces may be rapid prototyped, laser cut, printed or presented as animated virtual jewellery as long as their piece has entered and exited the computer at some stage in the manufacturing process. Pieces will be finished to a high standard and if the design requires finished by hand.

This has forced me to seriously think about my own practice and to consider what I am going to make for the show. I could have used one of my existing pieces, such as "Supercollider" or I could have finished off the Coco Chanel tribute piece for it, but I feel that this challenge needs to be met by something even more subtly exploring the area in which I work, blurring the boundaries between "handmade" and "machine made" to the point where people are unclear which bit is which.

 

Opalised Squid

 

Opalised squid. 

 

In recent years, I've enjoyed working with those little steel carbon dioxide cylinders which are used in cafés to whip cream and the like and it has always struck me that they would make a great little submarine. I also have a section of opalised squid and I a happy conjunction on my desk has led me to create a piece on a theme of "20000 Leagues Under The Seas", taken from the Jules Verne novel of the same name. I remember reading this and really enjoying both the book and the film with Kirk Douglas and James Mason. In a way, it is surprising I haven't tackled this theme before. 

The piece is going to be a collar with a large pendant, the collar based on the remarkable Hohenlohe Collar, dating from 1460 - 1500:

 

 

I couldn't find any references to or photographs of this piece online, so this is scanned from the marvellous V&A book "Medieval Jewellery" (sic) by Marian Campbell. I am not even sure what this is made of, but I think that the branches may be enamelled iron.

I've always loved this piece and thought that it would be fun to interpret this in a more contemporary way. It is my intention to recreate this style digitally.

The submarine is well underway:

 

20000 Leagues Under The Sea - WIP - 6

 

And I am delighted to report that the propellor actually rotates!

 

Video here

 

 

Views: 217

Tags: CO2, WIP, cad, cam, casting, cylinder, exhibition, fossil, found object, gemstone, More…glasgow, hand made by machine, handmade, iron, jewellery, jewelry, jules verne, justified sinner, karen dicken, lighthouse, machine, mill, nautilus, nemo, opal, opalised, pendant, revo, rhino, rust, silver, squid, steel, sterling, submarine

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Latest Activity

Brigitte Martin left a comment for Valerii Latyshev
"Thank you, Valerii, for the update. It would be wonderful to have some images of Russian craft fairs posted here. If you have any photos to share or if you intend to snap a few, please email me (crafthauseditor@live.com) so that we can set this up…"
yesterday
Valerii Latyshev left a comment for Brigitte Martin
"What`s new? It`s a summer time and this mean there are a lot of craft festivals and fairs in Russia. Craft fairs take place in other seasons too but in summer we have many open air craft fairs. So we use this opportunity to see what people make and…"
yesterday
Jivan Astfalck posted a blog post
Thursday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Artist in ResidenceUniversity for the Creative Arts (UCA) and the Watts Gallery Location: FarnhamCloses: Thursday 16th July 2015Award : UK/EU onlyInterviews: 22 July 2015 The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist institution…"
Thursday
Gustav Reyes posted photos
Wednesday
Gustav Reyes is now a member of crafthaus
Wednesday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"NEW JOB VACANCY: PART-TIME TRAINING ADMINSTRATOR Looking for a new career? As the leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, we are now seeking an experienced Training Administrator to support the Curriculum Leader on a part-time…"
Wednesday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"A SENSE OF JEWELLERY Tue 15 September - Thu 19 November 2015 Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm, Free Venue: The Atrium http://www.goldsmiths-centre.org/whats-on/exhibitions/a-sense-of-jewellery/ A Sense of Jewellery brings together outstanding examples of modern…"
Wednesday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"WELCOME TO THE GOLDSMITHS' CENTRE. A unique community for jewellers, goldsmiths and the public. It’s an exciting time as the new exhibition A Sense of Jewellery, guest curated by Amanda Game and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE, opens in…"
Wednesday
Brigitte Martin posted a video

Lisa Hammond: 'A Sense of Adventure' feature film about British potter

This documentary follows top UK studio potter Lisa Hammond as she prepared for her 2012 Goldmark exhibition. Delving into her artistic practice, it provides ...
Wednesday
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post

Flora Bhattachary, London, UK - Carving and 3D

YANTRA, 18L and black ruthenium plated silver,limited edition…See More
Wednesday
Sam Mitchell and barbara bryn klare are now friends
Tuesday
Atelier Hg liked Brigitte Martin's blog post Atelier XJC - Material Exploration
Monday
Jill Gibson liked Charity Hall's group Scrounge
Monday
Kelly M Nye liked Brigitte Martin's blog post Atelier XJC - Material Exploration
Monday
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post

Atelier XJC - Material Exploration

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the high-end Swiss jeweler…See More
Monday

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Masthead Credits

Alison Bailey, "Soothing Cactus"

Materials: hand dyed and commercial fabric, brass, and embroidery thread
Dimensions: 11” x 11” x 3”

Alison's profile on crafthaus.

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service