Ephemeral Arts Connection workshop

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When Stardust* founders Francesco Ducato and Carla Athayde came up with the idea of publishing a book with 2000 unique covers, I imagined that somebody had told them to reach out to me and that I would say YES to this challenge.  Their idea was to use the concept of “connecting” to generate patterns that would be embroidered with the digital embroidery machine that we have at Fab Lab Barcelona.

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The book is going to be published by ACTAR publishers and with the expertise of Ricardo Devesa we are inserting a custom, unique digital fabricated method into the normal industrial production of binding and printing books, maintaining the costs and making a proof of how digital fabrication is opening up possibilities in the current industry.

The workshop was full of various inputs for the participants, with all partners presenting their work, Fabtextiles, Stardust*, Actar and also Maximiliano Romero from Phyco.Lab in Milan talking about Data flows in Digital Fabrication and Bea Goller, talking about her research on sonification of architecture.

The second day there was a very interesting visit at L’Automatica where Ariadna Serrahima & Diego Bustamante talked to us about their collective, that recovered an old letterpress printshop and converted it to a local social hub for experimentation, learning and small scale production.

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The theme of “connecting” was elaborated by investigating several methods and themes:

magnetic fields
– constelations
– delanay
-voronoi
-circular packing
-point network
where the participants worked on small grasshopper definitions developed by Santi Fuentemilla
The objective was to fine tune one of the definitions, to optimise in machine production time and aesthetic outcome. The final definition was fine tuned according to the embroidery machine parameters and exports automatically the iterations for the book cover.
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We finished our four day workshop with a visit to Valldaura Self Sufficient Labs, where Jonathan Minchin explained us the vision and the projects currently running at the Green Fab Lab.
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