The Craft of Creating Accessibility in the Post-Digital Era

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Pamela See

The elevation of traditional craft practice as a form of resistance against technological development is a key attribute of the post-digital era. In this paper, I posit a sympathetic relationship between Chinese papercutting and computer art (CA). An arts-based research methodology will be applied to analyze the outcomes of an international community art project titled The Float. Undertaken between January and June 2015, it engaged over 100 young people in traditional Chinese craft workshops across Australia, Canada, China, and the USA. The project culminated in a series of exhibitions that emphasized humanity’s shared stewardship of the oceans. The artworks presented included both computer-assisted animation (CAA) and computer numerical control (CNC) cut paper. In this case study, the oft-polarized media of craft and CA were simultaneously engaged.