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Hybrid Reassemblage: An Exploration of Craft, Digital Fabrication and Artifact Uniqueness

Updated: Mar 12


This project seeks to bridge the gap between the digital and the traditional, combining the precision of contemporary 3D printing with the unique, organic charm of handcrafted artifacts. It explores the intersection of these two worlds through two distinct yet complementary approaches.

The first approach involves the intentional destruction and restoration of a crafted artifact. Unlike conventional restorations aimed at returning the object to its original state, this project intentionally leaves visible the marks of destruction and the 3D-printed restoration, transforming the artifact into a new object that memorializes both the act of destruction and the process of restoration. The second approach, hybrid basketry, merges 3D-printed structures with hand-woven patterns, creating a medium where digital curvatures and manifolds meet the organic appeal of reed, jute, and canvas fibers.

This combination not only challenges the limitations of 3D printing, where digitally designed artifacts are intrinsically reproducible, but also celebrates the individuality and craftsmanship of traditional artifacts, produced by hand. By integrating digital fabrication with craft, this project not only argues for the merging of these two distinct traditions but also showcases a unique way of creating objects where the digital and the traditional coexist, offering a new perspective on the relationship between technology and craftsmanship.

Research papers

Zoran, A. (2013). Hybrid Basketry: Interweaving digital practice within contemporary craft. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2013 Art Gallery (SIGGRAPH '13). ACM, New York, NY, US

Zoran, A., & Buechley, L. (2013). Hybrid reAssemblage: An Exploration of Craft, Digital Fabrication and Artifact Uniqueness. Leonardo, Journal of Arts, Sciences and Technology, 46(1).


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