Between March 10th and 26th 2021, nine Spanish makers participated in the second residency of iAtelier- Technology & Innovative Practice to develop five projects combining traditional and digital fabrication technologies. The whole programme has been held at the EXarchitects and FABDEFAB FabLab in Villaviciosa de Odón (Madrid).
The programme started in September 2020 with the Sandbox Event where twenty-six participants from all over Spain met virtually to learn about new digital fabrication tools. The main goal of this event was to establish synergies between craft makers and digital designers to develop a common project applying both their craft skills and their digital knowledge. Among the craftspeople profiles, ceramics was the sector with most popular discipline followed by jewellery, textiles and wood. On the other hand, digital profiles were characterised by their ability to use digital software such as Grasshopper, Adobe or AutoCAD.
After the Sandbox Event, participants had to propose a project to apply for the first experimentation residency. Out of the 16 submitted proposals, 5 projects were selected considering the quality of the proposal, its viability and the availability of tools in the workshop. All selected projects integrated different trades, techniques and skills. During the first residency that took place between October 19th and 23rd, participants had access to the space and equipment of the FabLab and started to develop and explore their ideas together with the guidance of the experts.
After the first residency, the FabLab team continued virtually training, advising and working with the participants for several weeks. Participants had around four months to develop and define their ideas. The second production residency was divided into two weeks, from March 10th to 12th and 24th to 26th. The projects began to be produced and previous designs were materialised in the following proposals:
Maker profiles and projects can be found here.