THE PHILADELPHIA MAKER MOVEMENT: TOWARD FUTURE GROWTH & SUSTAINABILITY
Monday October 13, 2014 4-7pm
Philadelphia was once known as the “Workshop of the World” owing not to its big factories, such as Stetson Hats and Baldwin Locomotive, but rather to its staggering number and diversity of small manufactures, artisanal shops, and cottage-scale makers. Today, Philadelphia is witnessing a revival of that legacy with a new maker movement growing in number and strength. Panelists include SP artist Doug Bucci.
Doug Bucci is a designer and educator in the field of jewelry. His work utilizes digital processes to explore and display biological systems and the effect of disease on the body. Computer Aided technologies allow the maker to view and simulate not only data, but patterns and cell forms, which can be transformed into meaningful, personal, wearable art. Bucci views his digital process as one that allows for a creative freedom unfound in traditional hand-made methods. His work is in the collections of the Windsor Castle, Berkshire, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany; and Design Museo, Helsinki, Finland.In addition to CAD work, the artist has spent much of his time teaching Jewelry, and Industrial Design. Bucci earned his MFA (1998) from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and currently teaches in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM area at Tyler, and in the Industrial Design department The University of the Arts, both in Philadelphia.