Talk12 May 2022, 18:00 - 21:00
Exhibition9 May 2022 - 13 May 2022, 09:00 - 17:00
14 May 2022 - 15 May 2022, 10:00 - 17:00
146 Marylebone Road
Sustainable Crafts in an Age of Advanced Technology
EDGE hosts a selection of Kam Ce Kam in-house designs, handmade in India by their team of highly skilled craftspeople. A panel discussion during the week explores how technology is shaping the future of the craft sector to the advantage of both maker and product.
EDGE hosts a selection of Kam Ce Kam in-house designs, handmade in India by their team of highly skilled craftspeople. Featured are the Sitara side chairs and Cane Backed Settle created in seasoned natural Ash with an oiled polish. The Wicker Story collection showcases the Undulating Bench, Chaise Longue, Chair and Stooland, which utilise highly sustainable bamboo wicker woven onto a tubular skeletal frame.
Sustainable Crafts in an Age of Advanced Technology, Thursday 12 May, 6pm – 9pm
With the advance of AI and robotics comes the fear of massive job redundancies. A classic example is the textile industry in India. But is there a different way that technology can be married with craft skills to the advantage of both maker and product?
Although valued and appreciated, often in a quaint sort of way, the longevity of craft products is traditionally often doubted. Much of this could be because small crafts centres, especially in areas like Indian villages, cannot afford the high-tech machinery to manufacture to high market standards. One of the real USPs of AI is that the cost of production can be greatly reduced by the affordable mass multiplication of tasks that robotics offer.
The goal of this discussion is to identify what tasks in craft that are at present expensive can be transferred to robotics to make them readily available to the wider artisan community.