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The Technology Behind Crafted Visions

The innovative technology of Crafted Visions

The story of how creative partners illuminated the intersection of art and technology.



Meet Naomi Mcintosh



Naomi has a diverse background having studied Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, before gaining a Masters Degree in Design from Central Saint Martins in London.

Image: 'Medium Turn Short', by Naomi Mcintosh

Surfaces are manipulated to create sculptural objects. The works are ‘Wearable Drawings’ by using planes and lines forms are suggested, capturing volumes, transforming 2D surfaces into 3D objects. With precise geometry the pieces investigate how volumes, patterns, planes and forms are seen. Movement is crucial as the relationship between the body and objects is explored.

Work is produced by combining a broad range of skills, combining digital and hand processes and using 3D body scanning Rhino alongside hand drawings and making skills. 

© Naomi Mcintosh / Craft Scotland



Meet Maria Eife



Image Left: 'Linked Bangle', by Maria Eife
Image Right: 'Pleated Hoops', by Maria Eife


Maria, who studied computer-assisted design as part of a jewelry program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, began designing jewelry on a computer program before she ever had access to a 3D printer. Now she prints bangles in complicated loops of mesh, and creates architectural rings of gold and silver. 

In 2009, Maria made a laser-cut felt necklace for a group exhibition and saw the potential in new technologies. Most of her designs start as sketches on paper. Her pieces evolve as she works on the computer, drawing and expanding on her geometric forms – wearable brainteasers, if you will, like a bracelet or a necklace with interlocking loops.

Maria Eife merges traditional jewelry-making techniques with new technologies to create bold, wearable art that is also affordable. The South Philadelphia designer mixes precious metals and stones with nylon, plastic and felt, and creates her unique pieces using 3D printing, laser-cutting, and laser-etching technologies. 

"I look at all kinds of structures - anything from buildings and bridges to botanical forms or even fabrics. I have a whole pleated series inspired by fashion," Maria told a Philadelphia writer in 2017.



Meet Nervous System



Nervous System was formed by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, their trajectory focuses on generative design methods using both algorithmic and physical tools to create innovative products and environments.

Attracted to complex and unconventional geometries, their inspirations are grounded in the natural forms and corresponding processes which construct the world around us.

To evolve such forms, they systematically engage in generative processes. Instead of designing a specific form, they craft a system whose result is a myriad of distinct creations. These systems are interactive, responding both to changes in specific variables and to physical inputs. There is no definitive, final product, instead the many designs created allow for mass customization.

Their products are designed to be affordably and ethically made.They use manufacturing methods that do not require large facilities or massive manual labor. They use inexpensive materials and believe that the value of their designs comes from an intelligent and beautiful marriage of form and function.

© Nervous System. The music is "Goodnight Sunlight" by Ketsa


See the show:
Crafted Visions : The Tension of Opposites is now showing
at Patina Gallery, Santa Fe.


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The Technology Behind Crafted Visions