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26th October 2015

York College took part in the Craft Council's Make:Shift:Do half-term activity, hosting a free New Digital Craft workshop which was open to all ages and abilities.

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The New Digital Craft event featured hands-on experience from established makers, using digital technologies including 3D printing, laser cutting and CAD modelling in conjunction with traditional making workshops in ceramics, jewellery, metal work and woodwork. There were demonstrations from Go Print3D, HPC Laser and artist Jim Bond throughout the day, as well as drawing machines for children of all ages to experience.

Ed Poxon,  Art & Design course leader at York College said: "About 180 people visited our Make:Shift:Do event and seeing the students and educators exchange ideas about some of the new “making” technologies available to them was fantastic,  particularly the interaction between the traditional “analogue” and the new “digital” skills. One of the young children who took part said it was like digital DIY.'”

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Make:Shift:Do, organised by the Crafts Council in partnership with the V&A, Institute of Making at UCL and Ultimaker, allowed everyone the chance to experience new technologies through a programme of workshops, events and activities taking place at thirty different venues all over the country. Each activity highlighted a boom in new making, fuelled by accessible new design technology and the spread of social media.

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