“The Nature and Art of Workmanship”- Excerpt

In the excerpt we read from “The Nature and Art of Workmanship”, David Pye makes some really interesting comments about the economics of craft. He describes certain goods, certain “crafts”, that are still made through the workmanship of risk. However, he notes that many others are dying out because it is not economically feasible for them to keep up production when pitted against similar goods created through the workmanship of certainty. Continue reading →


“The Fold”: Chapters 1-2

From The Fold, by Gilles Deleuze:

Folding–unfolding no longer simply means tension–release, contraction–dilation, but enveloping–developing, involution–evolution. The organism is defined by its ability to fold its own parts and to unfold them, not to infinity, but to a degree of development assigned to each species. Thus an organism is enveloped by organisms, one within another (interlocking of germinal matter), like Russian dolls. The first fly contains the seeds of all flies to come, each being called in its turn to unfold its own parts at the right time. And when an organism dies, it does not really vanish, but folds in upon itself, abruptly involuting into the again newly dormant seed by skipping all intermediate stages. The simplest way of stating the point is by saying that to unfold is to increase, to grow; whereas to fold is to diminish, to reduce, ”to withdraw into the recesses of a world.” — Chapter 1, p. 8-9

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Image Sampler in Grasshopper

In our “Generative Algorithms” reading this week, the thing that really caught my attention was the image sampler function. I feel like I could potentially use this function in Grasshopper to revisualize data imagery (if that makes sense) and then further manipulate it in the program. Continue reading →

“On Weaving”, Chapter 3: The Fundamental Constructions

In this piece, Annie Albers makes an argument that weaving which more readily reveals the nature of its perpendicularly intersecting threads is superior to other forms, and she attempts to back up this assertion with the example that a stone sculpture that more readily reveals that it is made out of stone is superior to one that tries to move beyond its material confines. I know very little about weaving, but I know a decent amount about sculpture, enough so at least to take quite a bit of issue with her above assertion. Continue reading →