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Brief Published: 22 Jan 2014

Hand & Machine at Toronto Offsite Festival

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The Hand & Machine exhibition – part of the annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (20-26 January), examines how developments in technological materials and processes are causing a shift in conventional approaches to design. The experimental products on display highlight the preservation of traditional craft techniques while embracing new advancements. 

  • Moving on from his work with wood, resin and ceramic, London-based Zachary Eastwood Bloom updates his digital look by working with 3D-printed nylon. Read more about his work in Clay Innovators.
  • Blending traditional craft with up-to-date technology, Toronto-based Hot Pop Factory and Ozana Gherman will be showcasing a collaborative project that mixes 3D printing with weaving.
  • Berlin-based collective The T-Shirt Issue brings technological innovation to the traditional world of pattern cutting. Its unusual designs redefine expectations of conventional clothing construction by transforming 2D shapes into structural 3D forms.

This emerging visual aesthetic reflects the melding of analogue and digital worlds and its increasing impact on design. Further insight can be found in our Design Democracy Industry Trend report Obscure, and our blog post about recent book release Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.  

Hand & Machine runs at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery until March 15 2014. 

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