The Digital Fabrication Residency holds a program of guest speakers, individual consultations, group workshops and open work periods for artists, designers and creatives to learn digital fabrication. The Residency is an online intensive incubator that emphasises 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, textile printing and other related digital production methods. The program is aimed to empower individuals at all stages in their career to explore the technologies that are changing the way art and crafts are being produced.
Digital Fabrication Residency was founded by Erik Guzman and Kari Lorenson. Erik was a pioneer of one of the first digital fabrication laboratories at an educational institute whilst resident at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is a digital fabrication consultant with 20 years of experience with CNC technologies. As an artist Guzman’s work has been covered by numerous publications such as Art Forum, Art In America, Sculpture and more. Kari founded the Fibers and Materials Study Lab at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is an artist, educator, writer and technical consultant with over a decade of experience. In March 2014 Lorenson founded Knotwe, an online hub for fibre, textiles and surface design. The platform includes the Fiber Textiles Surface Design Registry – a directory of artists, designers and craft professionals.
The accomplished innovators came together to forge an educational space where creatives can explore the modern mediums of technology that are becoming increasingly important in the way that art and craft work is produced. Residents can submit up to 5 files to be 3D printed or submit files for a limited number of laser cuts or custom digital embroidery. Service users can connect from just about anywhere: their studio, kitchen, coffee shop, makerspace or local FabLab for instance. More traditional working methods are covered in the context of integration with digital means. In-brief the Residency program includes:
- Professional level software workflows cover designing, modeling, engineering parts, file preparation, locating CNC related services and insider tips on professional level services providers for machine output;
- Individual project consultation from idea to execution;
- Submit files for three dimensional printing, laser cutting and digital embroidery output;
- Provision of selected temporary software licences for the duration of the residency term.
Kari Lorenson shared: “There is a great deal of interest in our residency program especially on the part of artists who want to begin using 3D printing in their work as either finished artworks, or prototypes for larger projects including for example public art. 3D printing is a major visualization tool especially in the competitive arena of public art where there are large budgets and public interest at heart in the decision-making, planning, implementation and engineering of projects.”
Applicants are welcome to apply for 12 week or 6 week residency sessions. If you are seeking a place at the residency the full program calendar can be found here.