Combining old crafts with new technology: 3D printed Middelsee pottery.

Eva Dijkstra is a student of Creative Craftsmanship at ROC Friesland College. Right now her work is presented at the exhibition at the Princessehof Ceramics Museum in Leeuwarden. But unfortunately, few people have seen her creations since the museums got closed due to the corona measures.

The stories behind her crated objects are worth telling and add a lot of value to the ceramics themselves.
Eva started to plan out this project when she was offered an internship at Lies Keramiek in Leeuwarden. The student had to dig the clay by herself to make it as authentic as possible, as well as to purify it and make sure it is the right clay to burn in the kiln. The process took some time, but eventually all the problems were solved.

However, after that Eva didn’t want to make your average turntable pottery. She came up with something completely different: she combined traditional with modern by making ceramic objects with a 3D printer. The process is art in itself – the clay needs to be put into the printer and it builds up a vase or jar layer by layer. She admits: “But sometimes nothing happened at all for weeks. The device had its own will.”

There are big hopes that people can see Eva’s creations again on the 9th of June but for now, thanks to these unusual circumstances, her pottery is the first long-term student exhibition in the museum.

Craft Your Future Makeathon aftermovie!

Instead of postponing or canceling the training week in Valencia, the Craft Your Future consortium prepared a Makeathon, where each of the countries was working on the same challenge, with the connection points online.

Within the two days of the Makeathon, students from 3 different countries (with about 10 different nationalities) and from 7 different schools worked on the societal challenge of heat stress. Heat stress is the result of stone-paved and walled cities with hardly any green to cool it during the hot days. Heat stress is becoming more serious now summers are getting hotter due to climate change.

Each group of students used the CyF cards to define the working components for their solution. There are four cards to choose from – craft, technology & trends, circular, and a wild card.

By the end of the second day, the students have finalized their prototypes (some teams even made more than one!), and were ready to present it to the rest of the group. It is great to see what amazing ideas young minds can create in such short time!

“Journey into the past” – Methodical game

Tryavna Art School – Bulgaria.

From 22nd to 25th February, a group of art students from “Tryavna Art School” came together to work on a methodical game. Their task was first to craft several wooden cubes with images, then to develop different game strategies with the cubes.

In Bulgaria, the students of art schools have to take two final exams at the end of their last academic year. One of the exams is in Bulgarian language and literature while the other one is in History of art. This second exam provoked the teachers in the Art School of Tryavna to think about different ways to help students properly prepare for the examination.

“Journey into the past” is a methodical game, which was developed by both teachers and students in the History of Art classes to support the students’ learning process by using art images, which are included in the final exam syllabus. The workshop turned to be very successful since both the students and the teachers found the game really helpful and fun to use in class.

“We have been thinking of various ways of developing the methodology of this game. We have been talking about designing a board game with the images; of creating online games and also of a more compact option. We present to you our first step and craft process.”, shared one of the teachers in the Art School of Tryavna.

Crafting the cubes game.

International Trainning Week at the UPV and Prototyping in Oceanonaranja FabLab

On the occasion of the 1st Craft your Future Training Week, Oceanonaranja FabLab welcomes students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia to develop the selected projects and carry out the prototypes of each one of them.

CyF: Corona Challenge Aftermovie is here! 🎉

To remember the best moments from the event, we have created this aftermovie:

Corona Challenge was a unique experience both for us and for students – there are not a lot of projects, where HBO, MBO and international students are working together. This was the first step to change that! We hope that you enjoyed participating in the event, and are looking forward to the next (hopefully, not Corona related 😉) event like this.

3D printer technology, through the eyes of Craft students.

Name: Viktor Markov

01* What is your age?
18
02* What do you study?   
Interior design
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
High School
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before? 
YES
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Household tools (screwdriver, missing parts of
furniture, cutlery);
Home decoration, art;
Prototyping;
For fun;
Work (research.
08* If you had the opportunity,
you would buy a 3D printer in..?
1 - 2 years
09* Did you find 3D printer technology
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you,
using 3D printing technology?
I don’t think there were any specific challenges 
for me, we got the best teachers in that area.
11* Do you think that technology helped
or will help you in the future?
It helps build up or create an object or a piece 
that is needed much faster.
12* What did you learn during the process
of using 3D printing technology?
Programming
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
Sketch up, Blender, OnShape, Vectary
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
Easier design and manufacturing of materials
 needed for work.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
A lot curvier forms can’t be printed right.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways
of teaching and learning?
Even the teachers need something new nowadays.
A 3D printing class will help the students
take some weight off and relax while creating 
something entirely new.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
I don’t think I can.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
3D printing might replace most traditional crafts 
in the future, but not so soon.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help
keeping the national heritage of a certain region?
I don’t know how, that is a relevant question. 
I don’t think that it can help that much with 
keeping the heritage of a certain region.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
depends. I have seen first hand the uses of 
3D printing in interior design for example.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
I would use it for a house design. The interior 
design will be the 3D printing part, and the 
numerations and the rest will be on hand.
Name: DIMITAR NACHEV

01* What is your age?
19
02* What do you study?   
GRAPHIC DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
 Bachelor degree
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before? 
NO
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Everyday items (cups, phone covers, toys, 
exercising machines);
Prototyping;
Work (research).
08* If you had the opportunity,
 you would buy a 3D printer in..?
3 - 5 years
09* Did you find 3D printer technology 
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you, 
using 3D printing technology?
LEVELING OF THE PRINTING PLANE.
11* Do you think that technology helped
or will help you in the future?
BETTER VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THOUGHT.
12* What did you learn during the process 
of using 3D printing technology?
PROJECTS CAN BE PRESENTED VERY LITERALLY.
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
CURA ULTIMAKER.
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
YOU GET A REAL REPRESENTATION OF SCALE.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
PRINTER SIZE.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways 
of teaching and learning?
WITH MANY THINGS.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses 
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
I USED A 3D PRINTER TO PRESENT MODELS OF FURNITURE.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
TOWARDS PROGRESS AND INNOVATION.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help
keeping the national heritage of a certain region? 
WITH MODERN PRESENTATION.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
you can create a common product combination 
between new and old.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
you can make a combination of new and old and 
have more productivity of a product.
*3D printed design projects in scale of furniture and the realized wood table. (Part of graduation project by Dimitar Nashev, student in Interior design speciality). *
Name: Nikola Mihov

01* What is your age?
18
02* What do you study?   
Iconography
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
High School
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before? 
YES
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Home decoration, art.
08* If you had the opportunity,
you would buy a 3D printer in..?
I don't know.
09* Did you find 3D printer technology
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you,
using 3D printing technology?
Learning the programs.
11* Do you think that technology helped
or will help you in the future?
Easier visualization  of the art project
12* What did you learn during the process
of using 3D printing technology?
Working with ZBrush program.
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
ZBrush.
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
Entering the digital art field.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
A lot curvier forms can’t be printed right.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways
of teaching and learning?
You work with a computer, not with your hands.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
By helping teachers and students work out
their art projects.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
By introducing modern technology.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help
keeping the national heritage of a certain region?
By making 3D models of this national heritage maybе.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
3D printing can help speed up the project process.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
3d printing can make the process of developing 
projects for wood-carved iconostases and carved 
frames for icons much easier.
Name: Elena Vacheva

01* What is your age?
19
02* What do you study?   
Graphic design and visual communications
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
 Bachelor degree
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before?
NO
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Everyday items (cups, phone covers, 
toys, exercising machines);
Household tools (screwdriver, missing
 parts of furniture, cutlery);
Home decoration, art.
08* If you had the opportunity, 
you would buy a 3D printer in..?
3 - 5 years
09* Did you find 3D printer technology
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you,
using 3D printing technology?
I don’t have any challenges
11* Do you think that technology helped or 
will help you in the future?
The technology  help me to imagine the 
real proportion of the objects I design
12* What did you learn during the process
of using 3D printing technology?
I learn to use many programs.
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
3ds max, Cura, 
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
All your projects can become a reality.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
Тhe material he works with.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways 
of teaching and learning?
The technology  help students  to imagine
 the real proportion of the objects they design.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
Мaking models.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
I think it will help to save them.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help 
keeping the national heritage of a certain region?
Perhaps with the production of souvenirs.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
Making traditional sites for the region.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
Souvenirs such as magnets and keychains.
* 3D printed design projects in scale of furniture and interior. (Part of graduating project by Elena Vacheva, student in Interior design speciality). *

Shoulder bag PlogBag

We would like to share with you all another project carried out during this 2019-20 academic year. The students of the subject Models and prototypes of the Degree in Industrial Design of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), have worked on the principles of Craft Your Future.

The second project selected is the PlogBag shoulder bag, designed by the student Amparo García González, and developed by the textile artisan Mónica Curvetto of Moon de Val, with a workshop based in the city of Valencia.

General description:

Shoulder bag created with recycled materials to give them a second life. It is inspired by a new sport called Plogging, which owes its name to adding two terms: jogging (running) and plocka upp (in Swedish it means picking up). It is about incorporating into the daily exercise routine the practice of collecting all the garbage that is in your path.

Circularity: The PlogBag material is made from automotive waste, with bovine remains of fabrics for interior upholstery.

Digital Manufacturing: 3D printed grommets have been created to connect the strap to the main part of the product.

Necessity: It arises from the need to have a bag to use while we are Plogging, that is, running or playing sports picking up trash.

Differential Value: The product is created with recycled materials, and its purpose is to recycle and contribute to the environment, which is why it invites recycling and contributes to caring for our environment.

Al Sac! Bag

The third project that we are going to share has been developed along the same lines with the CYF (Craft Your Future) principles as the previous ones, with the group from the Workshop on Models and Prototypes workshop at the Universitat Politècnica de València.

The student Gemma Herrero has designed Al Sac!. She has worked together with the craftsman Josué Giménez Giménez of the Arpillera company. The workshop is located in a small town next to the city of Valencia, Benifairo de les Valls.

General description: Al Sac! is a project that arises from the desire to highlight the motifs of jute sacks commonly used by Valencian farmers in the countryside. Combining tradition, artisanal manufacturing methods and new technologies, Al Sac!, It becomes a bag with a current and young air available to anyone that can be used as a shoulder bag and hung on the frame of a bicycle.

Circularity: Circularity based on the reuse of jute sacks used in the field by farmers to harvest. These, coming from coffee exporting countries, once in the Valencia countryside, are filled with products grown in the countryside. Circularity is a very important aspect in this project as it is not the first recycling cycle that the bag goes through, but it is the end of a long process of reuse in the field.

Digital Manufacturing: In order to give a modern and youthful touch that brings modernity and aesthetics to such a rustic-looking base product, jute fabric is combined with recycled seat belts (scrapping cars) and industrially machined aluminum pins. These, in addition to providing the aforementioned aesthetic, add the functionality of a sturdy and versatile shoulder bag, as it can also be hung on the frame of a city bike.

Necessity: The need covered by this product is the easy and convenient transport of work and study tools that are so common today, such as a laptop, among others.

Traveling around the city using a bicycle as a means of transport has many advantages, but we usually find it difficult to conveniently transport everyday tools. With Al Sac!, this problem is solved, as the user can carry these tools comfortably on the bike with a bag that is later transformed into a shoulder bag perfectly integrated into the urban environment.

Differential Value: What sets Al Sac!, apart from other similar shoulder bags, are the manufacturing materials and dual functionality thought and designed for an urban utility.

Manufacturing materials are reused and local, helping to reduce the environmental impact and promoting the consumption of local products.