Crossing Parallels:

Interaction between the basketry technique of hand coiling and 3D printing.

The project

Interaction between the basketry technique of hand coiling and 3D printing.

THE CHALLENGE
New technologies are sometimes perceived as threats to traditional crafts. Crossing Parallels aims to demonstrate that millennial techniques and new technologies are not opposites but can actually nourish and enhance each other. This hybrid collaboration invites us to reconsider the value of craft traditions in a contemporary context.

THE SOLUTION
The Crossing Parallels collection will be composed of baskets and containers. Partly handmade they will each bear a hybrid aesthetic telling about the encounter between basket weaving traditions and digital manufacturing.

AMANDINE DAVID (Belgium)

Amandine David is a designer and researcher whose work celebrates knowledge sharing and multidisciplinary collaborations. At the crossroads between traditional crafts and digital practices, she develops hybrid tools and an original material research.

ESMÉ HOFMAN (The Netherlands)

Esmé Hofman is a basket weaving master working for designers, artists, museums, and any creative area. As a modern craftswoman, she looks beyond the borders of her craft knowledge to explore creative possibilities and generate new ways of making.

JORIS VAN TUBERGEN (The Netherlands)

Joris van Tubergen is an inventor and expert in the field of 3D printing. His technical knowledge is used in several international projects and installations. His unique vision of the role of digital fabrication in society makes him a frequently requested speaker.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

The trigger that led me to initiate the project Crossing Parallels in collaboration with Esmé Hofman, basket weaving master, and Joris Van Tubergen, 3D printing artisan, is a similarity existing between coiling (a basketry technique) and 3D printing. The technique of coiling relies on the sensitive manipulation of materials by a human hand, 3D printing allows building tangible pieces from digital data. However, both techniques build objects through the same construction principle, laying one filament -whether natural fiber or melted plastic- on top of another.
My work explores the tension between traditional craft and new technologies, I saw in this construction similarity an opportunity to reveal the common points between traditional crafts and new manufacturing techniques and to question the definition of craftsmanship at large. Millennial crafts contain knowledges that are valuable to contribute to the evolution of our relations to new technologies, and to nourish/challenge/enrich the applications and aesthetics of digital manufacturing.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

Crossing Parallels started when I met Esmé and Joris back in 2018. It felt right as we all appeared to share a mind-set: being interested in the process, in the technical challenges, and not wanting to make the same objects again and again. We started experimenting and building a material dialogue: between us, but also between basket making and 3D-printing. Through models, samples, tools, we raise questions, creative opportunities with the goal to create hybrid fabrication methods and aesthetics combining basket weaving and 3D printing.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

Challenging the horizontal layering that is common to the coiling technique of basket weaving and 3d-printing led us to develop a rotary 3D printer. This tool became the heart of our cross-disciplinary collaboration. During the Worth Project, Joris conceived the second version of the rotary printer, allowing us to print more precise and bigger shapes. We used the rotary 3D printer to print flexible fibers, following my drawings. Those fibers are then shaped by Esmé using traditional basket weaving techniques.
The Crossing Parallels pieces aesthetic are marked by the creative decisions and gestures of the three of us.

THE COLLABORATION:

During the development of the project, both Esme traditional knowledge of basket weaving, Joris expertise of 3D printing, and my work as a designer expand beyond the frontiers of their respective field to benefit each other. My goal as a designer is to make such dialogues possible, to be a mediator or coordinator for a multidisciplinary practice. By working with others, I aim to reveal common grounds to collaborative methods of producing, as well as aesthetics reflecting the evolution of crafts.

THE FUTURE:

During Worth project, we developed a first collection of pieces revealing the hybrid aesthetic of weaving from 3D printed flexible fibers. This collection will be followed by new chapters in our research process. Crossing Parallels will keep on expanding in a rhizome-like dynamic. Our ever-growing ecosystem made of tools, artefacts, methods, inventions, patterns,… generated new ideas, and new potential applications. Crossing Parallels also triggers methods for sharing and creating knowledge. In the end, our process reflects about human centered collaborations, how they can last and evolve together at the same time.

THE MESSAGE:

Traditional craftsmanship and digital manufacturing are not opposed, they can challenge and enhance each other. Multidisciplinary collaborations allow us to question our tools, their applications and their value for society.

 

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

The Vegan Sheep

The Vegan Sheep

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

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Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

SILENCIO

SILENCIO

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

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Fragments Garments

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Hollow: A Lie Story

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FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

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Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

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Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

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