Final-year BA (Hons) Applied Arts student Alfie Smith has secured a residency at a FabLab based at Plymouth College of Art.
FabLab EU is part of the Made@EU programme to develop new crafts using digital technology. As part of the project Plymouth College of Art offered 3-5 subsidized residencies to a value of between £1000 and £4000 each for creative professionals to develop projects that explore the integration of 3-D digital fabrication systems into their processes of design and production, to realize a new outcome.
Alfie told us: “I had previously been experimenting with ceramic 3D printing and had wanted to try the same process using a traditional glass paste called “Pâte De Verre” so I sent a proposal explaining this to the FabLab team and they accepted.
“They offered me a 3-week residency at Plymouth College of Arts, with full use of the facilities and any guidance I need to create some finished glass pieces. These pieces will then be exhibited internationally for the next two years.
“My plan is to create some simple vessels in the first week and then work on making them more complex. Hopefully I will gain some useful skills and contacts out of this placement which I can then use later in my career. With this residency I should also get some good publicity too because the FabLab programme is a worldwide recognised design network that documents all of the projects that they fund.”
After this placement ends, Alfie will continue to refine his practice at Wolverhampton for the final year of this degree before possibly moving on to study an MA course.
More details about FabLab http://fablab.plymouthart.ac.uk/about-the-fablab.html