Until recently, incremental changes have guided makers in perfecting their skills and in mastering their know-how.However, the Industrial Revolution, mass production and consumerism have completely redefined the role of makers in an era of standardisation. By replacing skilled humans with faster machines, we have substituted uniqueness and identity with
efficiency and productivity and have put our knowledge and skills at risk.
Redefining the concept of progress, Artisan 4.0 promotes further collaborations between craftsmen and machines, in which designers bridge the gap between the old and the new. Pre-industrial craftsmanship is merged with the use of high-tech manufacturing methods and digital technology, combining the best of both worlds. The resulting artefacts carry a deep
emotional significance with an intricate technological undertone.
The first collaboration for Artisan 4.0 took place between glassblowers, additive manufacturing and digital systems.
The experimental process generated a complex relationship between the imperfections of amorphous blown glass inside
a more organised 3D printed mesh. This design experiment between radically different materials is complemented with
digital tools that not only enhances the user experience but also salutes the work of the artisan.