Design In Motion
Edinburgh-based company Anarkik3D was founded in 2007 by designer Ann Marie Shillito and software engineer Xiaoqing Cao. Having spotted a gap in the market they developed Cloud9 software to make it easier and more affordable for makers to embrace 3D modelling tools. What makes this software so special is its haptic (touch) technology, and its use with the bespoke ‘Novint Falcon’ haptic device. This controller, often used in gaming, allows users to physically feel the objects they are designing on screen by sensing feedback through the grip of a joystick.
Digital Design Studio
The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is a post-graduate research and commercial centre of Glasgow School of Art, specialising in real-time 3D capture, 3D sound, modelling, motion capture and animation. DDS has developed a world-leading reputation through their participation on the Scottish Ten project, which utilises 3D modelling and visualisation for heritage conservation and management. This partnership with Historic Scotland and the organisation CyArk has created highly accurate digital models of Scotland’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a further five significant heritage sites worldwide. This technology allows us to experience the past virtually, through the visualisation of cultural heritage that may no longer physically exist.
Born in Scotland, Fulton studied at Edinburgh College of Art before going on to the Royal College of Art. Now based in London, she is regularly featured in the city’s world-leading Fashion Week. She established her eponymous womenswear and accessories label in 2009 after gaining industry experience in Paris. Fulton’s striking collections are a fusion of traditional and digital processes. She starts by painstakingly sketching every item in her collection by hand, before converting the designs into digital to enable production via laser cutting, digital print and other technologies. Pieces are then hand finished and embellished using couture techniques and less traditional materials such as Perspex to produce high-quality, unique garments with a bold, contemporary aesthetic.
George was the first ever V&A Game Designer in Residence. In her early twenties, she is already an accomplished game designer, winning the 2012 BAFTA Ones to Watch Award for the prototype of Tick Tock Toys, a family-friendly puzzle game for iPhone and iPad. During her residency at the V&A in 2012, George took inspiration from furnishing fabric in the Britain 1500–1900 galleries by the leading Arts and Crafts designer William Morris. The resulting Strawberry Thief game is an expressive, creative and immersive experience with broader appeal than many traditional games on the market. The game, which has already had over 60,000 downloads, is free from the App Store.
Hear Sophia talking about her work here.
Originally trained in aerospace engineering at Glasgow University before moving into jewellery and metalwork design, MacLachlan uses computer software as a craft tool to help shape her design concepts. MacLachlan has used digital technology to push her aesthetic in new directions, developing a technique of generating 3D forms that create flickering optical effects. The pieces in the exhibition show the potential of computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing as a means of designing and manufacturing jewellery that would be impossible to create using traditional craft processes.
Currently Programme Director in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, Mann’s work has been exhibited and collected by institutions around the world including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Crafts Council of England. In 2008 he won the World Craft Council Prize for Glass and in 2009 was awarded the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize. Mann is fascinated by transforming the ephemeral nature of time and motion, such as the flight of a bird or the fluttering of a moth, into forms that we can see and hold using photographic and digital technologies.
Hear Geoff talking about his work here.
Sara Robertson & Sarah Taylor
Robertson (Lecturer in Craft Innovation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee) and Taylor (Course Leader for Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham) have collaborated to explore their joint interest in technology and textiles. Digital Lace is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional lace table runner using smart materials combined with traditional processes. Months of making, prototyping, testing and refining has led to a textile surface that is digitally programmed to emit light and change colour, transforming the potential of textiles.