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Michael Shorter, Jon Rogers, Dr John McGhee, Erika Shorter

A Craft Technologist’s Approach Towards Printed Electronics

Michael Shorter, Professor Jon Rogers, Dr John McGhee, Erika Shorter.

Affiliation: Eclectric Research Studio, University of Dundee, 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab, University of New South Wales

Keywords: Craft, Technology, Reflection.

Conference activity: Presentation/exhibit

Project Summary:

This paper opens a conversation around what printed electronics are and how a craft technologist would use craft process values such as reflection and an understanding of materiality while navigating this emerging technology. The outcome of exploring printed electronics through a craft technologist’s lens is paper circuitry: an affordable and accessible take on printed electronics that is informed by craft process. Justin Marshall explores the role of technology as a craft tool in Craft and Technology from a Pragmatic Perspective [2]. While technology typically influences craft, this paper will invert the ratio. How can craft processes help to develop printed electronics technology, and by extension other emerging technologies? 


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Marshall, J. (2002), Craft and Technology from a Pragmatic Perspective. Presented at Craft in the 21st Century, Edinburgh. (www.autonomatic.org.uk/archive/team/jm/JMcraft-techpaper.pdf)

Schön, D.A. (2003), The reflective practitioner : how professionals think in action. Ashgate, Aldershot.

A question that arises from your project: How can a Craft Technologist democratise emerging technology?

Full paper:

Shorter, M., Rogers, J., McGhee, J., & Shorter, E. (2014), A Craft Technologist’s Approach Towards Printed Electronics. In K. Bunnell & J. Marshall (Eds.), All Makers Now: Craft Values in 21st Century Production, International Conference Proceedings, Autonomatic Research Group, Falmouth University, 10/11 July 2014 (pp. 139 – 143). Falmouth University, ISBN 978-0-9544187-9-3