Innovating and preserving traditional skills using digital technology
Technology is increasingly important in enhancing and nurturing entrepreneurship, as well as developing new products and processes and creating sustainable livelihoods.
The Digital Makers network investigates the role that digital technology can play within traditional craft.
Our work recognises the issues, opportunities, skills and approaches in this area and the Digital Makers project focuses on three areas that are key to understanding the impact of digital technology on tradition.
We investigate the technological aspects of digital making in terms of supply, design, making and distribution alongside the technical aspects of current practices.
We engage with traditional craftspeople to explore the cultures that exist within current practices and the new cultures enabled by digital technologies.
And we work with practitioners to investigate the support structures and methods that will help creative craft enterprises embrace technology with sympathy to their current practices.
Dr. Paul Smith: [email protected]