In today’s world, we have collected centuries of knowledge about traditional making or craft techniques and now we’re also lucky enough to have a whole range of digital tools to help us make our ideas come to life.
Credit featured image: ‘Material Alchemy’ created by NEKLESA. Photograph, Anna Neklesa.
Credit: Listing image: ‘3D Weaver’ created by Oluwaseyi Sosanya. Photograph, Zuzanna Weiss.
Yosana introduces us to what can happen when the fields of craft, textile design and technology collide.
In the world of textile design, whenever the word craft is mentioned most people automatically think of traditional woven carpets, hand-embroidered flowers and repeat-print patterns.
All of these associations do represent craft but there is more to craft and its meaning has many different dimensions.
Over the past few years many sectors within the creative industry have evolved and we, as creative practitioners, are curiously seeking for alternative ways to create new products as well as improving existing ones. This curiosity has allowed various designers to intertwine craft with technology and science in order to produce fresher and more innovative materials.
Although innovation is essential, we also need to keep in mind that preservation of craft and its traditional techniques is extremely crucial. As without it, many designers and creative artists wouldn’t be able to develop within their specialised areas.
With all this in mind, I’ve picked out a selection of designers and projects – including one of my own- that show you what’s possible when you mix craft, textile design and technology together.
Engineering: Oluwaseyi Sosanya
Science: Anna Neklesa
Functionality: Ryan Mario Yasin
Preservation: Celia Pym
Celia was a finalist in the 2017 Loewe Craft Prize.
Craft and computer aided design (CAD): Yosana Leal
Health: Bolivia’s indigenous women
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