FabLab - The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

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FabLabs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication Flora Pearson, the Devon Guild Exhibitions Officer, trained on the FabLab at Plymouth College of Art alongside Devon Guild Members and other makers. She describes her experience here. I did a FabLab course in June and July at the FabLab facility at Plymouth College of Art and found it enthralling, exhausting,

inspiring and exciting in equal measures (I called it a journey beyond my comfort zone!) Here’s what they say about it: FabLab is the educational outreach component of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), an extension of its research into digital fabrication and computation. A FabLab is a technical

prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A FabLab is also a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent. There are FabLabs in 30 countries around the world. Because all FabLabs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network for research and invention. The FabLab in Plymouth College of Art was a suspiciously clean looking room (by art school standards!) with a number of large machines and a lot of computer screens. By the end of the 6 weeks we had used all of these and had at least a vague appreciation of the endless possibilities of these technologies; the laser cutter for mainly 2D in paper, card, plywood and perspex, the CNC routing and milling machines for working 3D in wood, plaster, foam, rubber and resins, 2 types of 3D printers, and 3D scanners. The students on this course were a mix of artists, makers, local business representatives and usurpers (me). The course was an NCFE accredited course (level 2 award in creative craft) which meant we were required to keep track of our learning and work on a final portfolio and project. The course was roughly divided into 2 halves – the first half was an introduction to the dizzying possibilities of the technology and machinery available as well as an introduction to the software required and the health and safety implications, and the second was spent working on our chosen project. continues inside ➔

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An update on our innovative project exploring the links between English football clubs and their craft origins

Home Ground – on tour The Home Ground exhibition has toured to Sheffield and Macclesfield so far in 2015, acting as a trailblazer for the participation programme that runs alongside it engaging local communities and supporters connected to each football club. Each location of Home Ground is very different to the next as the project is focused on developing new audiences within football communities. During the Sheffield programme lead artist Chris Knight delivered workshops to the local primary school, in the local college with the Senior Blades Supporters Group and at a local youth club with members of the Blades Youth Team. Zoë Hillyard, the lead artist in Macclesfield, has been working with two groups and started the project by working with young families who live within the community surrounding Moss Rose stadium, the home of The Silkmen. The Macclesfield project started with a research visit to Adamley’s Hand Printed Textiles, the Silk Museum and Paradise Mill in order to give the group an understanding of Macclesfield’s rich heritage within the textile trade. The core group in Macclesfield are made up of members of the The Silkmen supporters’ club who expressed an interest in producing pieces of craftwork influenced by the historical link between the club and its local industry. Many of the supporters have stories to tell about their personal link to the trade through their families wh