Handmade by Machines : Seized by the Means of Production

Craft Cultures - Hand Made by Machine

Image Credit | Bin Dixon-Ward 

Handmade by Machines: Seized by the Means of Production | 11th November – 6th December

Has the relationship of technology to craft practice been altered in a digital age? What is the nature of this change and what are the opportunities which are dawning?

Handmade by Machines collates the most recent and cutting-edge thinking about the impact that digital technology has had on the craft world with a special focus on the way in which the technology has been seized by makers as a means of production, and the impact that this has had on what the term “hand-made” actually means. This exhibition seeks to highlight and provoke discussion on the implications and influence of technology in creative craft practice and will show a range of artefacts which explore these themes.

The selected exhibitors showcase a breadth of responses across a range of practices which straddle the intersection between hand and machine made, and will question craft values in digital making. From light up jewellery, to those examining waste materials, and the creation of golem-like-creatures all will serve to demonstrate the diverse thinking and approaches that these practitioners are exploring. Alongside these international exhibitors the show will also include a range of work produced by the School of Jewellery’s Design for Industry Alumni and the B1 3PA project curated by Bridie Lander.

Exhibitors include

Maya Amrami, Vito Bila, Stephen Bottomley, Anne Earls Boylan , Rachael Colley, Karen Ann Dicken , Bin Dixon-Ward, Meng He, Nantia Koulidou, Wanshu Li, Justin Marshall, Paul Mcure , Greg Sims , Oliver smith, Troy  Richards, Wendy Yother, Jessamy Kelly and Diego Zamora, Winter and Kurth


The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University will be hosting the 2019 Handmade by Design one-day symposium 20 November 2019

The symposium will be the inaugural event of the new Birmingham City University research cluster, Craft Cultures, and an online publication of the proceedings is planned to follow.

The cost of attending the symposium is £35, including morning and afternoon tea and coffee.

Book you place HERE