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David Grimshaw: Crafting the digital: an investigation into material & process led digital making

When reading Pye’s comments on the pre-eminence of his making over that of a computer, it inspired me investigate whether digital manufacturing technology had developed to a level where it could produce work with a similar level of finesse and beauty that is characteristic of Pye’s work. Pye’s making process using his fabulous “Fluting Engine” had particular constraints, risks and opportunities that led to the individuality and beauty embodied in his work, and whilst the CNC router has a similar reductive cutting
process, it also has an individuality that is particular to its digitally controlled making process. Through my research, I have realised that my ambition is not to produce physical replicas of Pye’s work, but to embody his making philosophy when using digital echnologies. I now approach CNC manufacturing as a craft maker, focusing less on the CAD modelling process, and seeking to more fully engage and respond to the physicality of the digital making process. 
David Grimshaw

Earlier Event: October 25
Artists talk: Richard Slee - Framed
Later Event: November 13
Artists Talk: David Grimshaw