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CRM; Launch Pad 2007 Finalist Exhibition; Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery
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The CRM project emerged out of research into the role of sheet metal in early European Australian settlement. Sheet metal was particularly valued as a material in the domestic environment. Object analysis revealed a reduction form along with a basic geometric form. Complex form in sheet metal objects is the exclusive domain of expensive press tools or skilled artisans. The objective was to explore how objects of complex form could be constructed using less restricted methods. The CRM project was initially exhibited at Dab Lab, (9 May - 14 June 2007), subsequently selected as a finalist for the Launch Pad exhibition, Living Edge Sydney (26 July - 17 August 2007) and Melbourne (29 August - 16 Sept); and in the group exhibition 'Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery', Centre for Visual Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver, USA, (6 Sept - 9 Nov 2007). I identified an opportunity to investigate the creation of complex forms using methods employed by sheet metal fabricators. I positioned my investigation between objects that are made using financially prohibitive, technologically based methods and those that are labour intensive. My contribution provides a unique solution that combines aspects of different fabrication methods, creative problem solving and contemporary design. The CRM project provides a platform for the development of new objects that are complex in form and relatively low cost. The combination of computerized numerical control technology and manual workmanship has enabled a new method of designing and making for designers that offer new possibilities for the development of objects in their practices that are more financially sustainable. The project was funded by the Australian Visual Arts/craft Board and an Early Career Research Grant from UNSW.
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