Digital Handmade

Digital Handmade

Craftsmanship and the New Industrial Revolution

  1. Lucy Johnston
  • ISBN 9780500517857
  • 25.00 x 19.50 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 288pp
  • With 541illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2015

A survey of international designers and makers who combine the latest digital technologies and fabrication techniques with the individuality of craftsmanship and handwork

‘From affordable jewelry, ceramics, and lighting, to priceless sculpture and textile art, these works demonstrate that digital technology can support and enhance artisanal techniques with highly individual and innovative results’ –
'Artisanship in the digital era: it sounds like a contradiction in terms. But Johnson's survey … proves that it really needn't be; it would be odd and unfair to describe these things as anything other than works of art'– The Observer
‘I turned the pages. On each one was something beautiful and impossible-seeming’– The Observer
‘This book will be an eye-opener’– The Jeweller

A new generation of creatives is fusing the precision and flexibility of computing and digital fabrication with the skill and tactility of the master artisan to create unexpected and desirable objects and products.

Digital Handmade selects a group of eighty pioneering designers, artists and craftsmen at the vanguard of this new trend. Makers include Louise Lemieux Bérubé, a Canadian artist whose works occupy a place between photography and weaving; Australian jewelry designer Cinnamon Lee, whose designs explore the relationship between hand and machine; and Japanese artists Nendo, who produce ceramic works in which digital fabrication meets ancient tradition.

Profiles of each artisan’s techniques are featured alongside the objects they produce, which range from the affordable and obtainable to the extraordinary and priceless – a dazzling spectrum of objects and work. Welcome to the next industrial revolution.

Lucy Johnston is a cultural trends commentator, writer and curator. She is the founder of The Neon Birdcage, a curation studio that creates pop-ups, brand experiences, exhibitions, seminars and publishing ventures. Among her clients are Wired magazine, BBC Radio 4, Ford, Apple and Bright Young Brits journal.