Skip to main content

Digitally interpreting traditional folk crafts.

Vilbrandt, T., Vilbrandt, C., Pasko, G., Stamm, C. and Pasko, A., 2011. Digitally interpreting traditional folk crafts. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 31 (4), 12-18.

Full text available as:

PDF (preprint)
VVP_IEEECGA11_Crafts_preprint.pdf - Accepted Version


Official URL:

DOI: 10.1109/MCG.2011.57


The cultural heritage preservation requires that objects persist throughout time to continue to communicate an intended meaning. The necessity of computer-based preservation and interpretation of traditional folk crafts is validated by the decreasing number of masters, fading technologies, and crafts losing economic ground. We present a long-term applied research project on the development of a mathematical basis, software tools, and technology for application of desktop or personal fabrication using compact, cheap, and environmentally friendly fabrication devices, including '3D printers', in traditional crafts. We illustrate the properties of this new modeling and fabrication system using several case studies involving the digital capture of traditional objects and craft patterns, which we also reuse in modern designs. The test application areas for the development are traditional crafts from different cultural backgrounds, namely Japanese lacquer ware and Norwegian carvings. Our project includes modeling existing artifacts, Web presentations of the models, automation of the models fabrication, and the experimental manufacturing of new designs and forms.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:heritage interpretation, craft, lacquer ware, carving, desktop fabrication, function representation FRep
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:19324
Deposited By: Professor Alexander Pasko
Deposited On:11 Feb 2012 17:10
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:42


Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...
Repository Staff Only -