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    CCCD Announces 2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Recipients

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Materials-Based Research Grant. Of 46 applicants, three project teams will receive $10,000 each to pursue mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM research, including exploring the effects of farming practices on the material properties of bone china, crafting with nature through growing 3D forms with bacterial cellulose, and developing a technique for producing analog lava flows.

    “As the leading supporter of craft and higher education in the United States, CCCD is proud to support the expanding definition of craft-based research through innovative material practice and collaboration,” said CCCD Executive Director, Stephanie Moore.
    The goals of this peer-reviewed grant are to advance, expand, and support innovative and mutually-beneficial craft-based research in the United States. This includes fostering new craft-based approaches to STEM research; supporting craft practice, experimentation, and applications outside the field of art; advancing innovative research in craft materials (e.g. wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass); exploring the inter-relationship among the fields of craft, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and fostering new interdisciplinary approaches to craft informed materials-based research in the United States.

    This year’s panel included: Martin Conreen, Director, Institute of Making, University College London and Senior Lecturer in Design, Goldsmiths, University of London; Kieren Jones, Course Leader, MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; and Leila Kinney, Executive Director, Arts Initiatives and MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Material Concerns, an exhibition exploring the phenomenon of craft and cross-disciplinary practice in the United States is planned for CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop in Asheville, NC in 2018 and will include the projects by the 2017 Materials-Based Research grant recipients.

    2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Recipients:

    Weighing calcined cow, pig, and sheep bones from the Blue Hill at Stone Barns Kitchen. Photo by Gregg Moore.

    $10,000 – Effects of farming practices and animal husbandry on the material properties of bone china
    Gregg Moore, Associate Professor of Art and Design, Arcadia University
    Tobias Landberg, Assistant Professor of Biology, Arcadia University

    To test the hypothesis that factory farming technology, relative to traditional farming practices, reduces the bone mineral content that improves bone china quality.

    Project Abstract: “Not all bone is created equal. We know that farming practices have an effect on animal bone qualities (Reid & Horvath, 1980; Suttle, 2010). We do not yet know how farming practices that affect the animal’s quality of life determine bone china material properties. Our preliminary experiments show dramatic differences in bone china quality using single source, organic, pastured, hormone and drug free animal bone ash compared to industrially sourced bone ash (Figure 1). We don’t yet know if this is a widespread phenomenon. We will test the hypothesis that factory farming technology, relative to traditional farming practices, reduces the bone mineral content that improves bone china quality.”

    CumVivo

    Crafting Cum Vivo. Photos courtesy of Walter Zimbeck and Ryan Hoover.

    $10,000 – Crafting Cum Vivo: Growing 3D forms with bacterial cellulose
    Ryan Hoover, Faculty, Interdisciplinary Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art
    Walter Zimbeck, Manager, 3D Printing, Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.

    To research and develop bioprinting methodologies to 3D print forms with bacteria that produce cellulose microfibers, creating three-dimensional objects with novel material properties optimized for the object’s form.

    Project Abstract: “Nature simultaneously builds material and form through additive processes. We then harvest from nature to craft objects, often with subtractive processes like woodworking that waste material and energy and prevent the structure of the material from being optimized for the form. With careful application of advances in biotechnology, craft may now become making with nature. We will research and develop bioprinting methodologies to 3D print forms with bacteria that produce cellulose microfibers, creating three­ dimensional objects with novel material properties optimized for the object’s form.”

    Range of different lava flow forms produced under different conditions. Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Karson. http://lavaproject.syr.edu/

    $10,000 – Building lava flows for scientific and artistic displays: A craft and science synergy
    Jeffrey Karson, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University
    Robert J. Wysocki, Assistant Professor, Sculpture Program, Syracuse University

    To develop a technique for producing analog lava flows made from real basaltic lava (as erupted on Hawaii, Iceland, seafloor, etc.) that are suitable for display for scientific, educational and artistic purposes.

    Project Abstract: “We propose to develop a technique for producing analog lava flows made from real basaltic lava (as erupted on Hawaii, Iceland, seafloor, etc.) that are suitable for display for scientific, educational and artistic purposes. Building upon our considerable experience with this exotic material, our approach will involve using armatures, thermal treatments, and other methods to preserve the spectacular table-top-size lava flows produced in our ongoing experiments. Our goal is to produce displays that can be shared and appreciated in a wide range of settings including classrooms, science displays, studios, and museums.”

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     The Materials-Based Research Grant program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

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