KWMC: The Factory is collaborating with Walter Jack Studio on an exciting public art project, offering local makers and designers the opportunity to learn digital skills and develop their own product designs.
– Learn 2D design skills
– Design and make a product to be laser cut in brass
– Consider how to develop their product into a business
– Create a design for the outside of new local building Hengrove Energy Centre!
The product(s) will be laser cut from brass sheet, creating the ‘positive’, for participants to take home and start to sell or develop further into a marketable product. The remaining ‘negative’ material will form the cladding for the new building, whilst acting as a billboard advertisement for the products!
Together with Walter Jack Studio, KWMC: The Factory will provide design and software training, manufacturing expertise and creative support. Small-scale prototypes of the designs will be created using The Factory’s laser cutter, and participants will receive a batch of their final product laser cut in brass to showcase or sell.
Due to current social distancing measures, sessions will now take place digitally through:
– e-learning modules
– online group-based design tutorials with Walter Jack
– Virtual check-in sessions & tech support
Until restrictions relating to the coronavirus outbreak are lifted, all laser cutting and physical prototyping will be completed by a Factory technician post-lockdown.
If you’d like to find more, watch the recording of our INSPIRE talk with Walter Jack Studio here.
Walter Jack set up the sculptural design studio 25 years ago and was joined by Paul Channing in 2000.
As makers of things (as well as ideas) they have a particular interest in transformation – forms that change shape in use and over time – and the creation of surprising places.