Awesome Stuff: Crafts Of All Kinds
from the three-makers dept
This week, we’re taking a look at a trio of interesting crowdfunded offerings that each take a lot of craftsmanship of entirely different sorts.
This project comes from a designer with a pretty hefty portfolio, and claims to be a world’s first: not 3D-printed but rather 3D-knitted shoes, made on demand using the latest automated knitting machines. The result of this process is an extremely lightweight shoe that is manufactured with zero wasted material, and it unlocks some interesting design options: not only can a pair of shoes be customized, each shoe can be designed separately. Will people want to experiment with asymmetrical footwear?
This project comes from another experienced designer with a specific vision, but this time it’s one of retro-futurism and handcrafted art. Two Nixie Tube Clocks have already been funded on Kickstarter, and now there’s a third design in the works alongside reissues of the others. Though they aren’t cheap, they certainly are works of art, and they aren’t assembled from cheap parts or even inauthentic ones: the clocks use genuine Soviet-era vacuum tubes sourced from Russia and Ukraine, and are hand-built from a selection of premium hardwoods then finished with custom etch-work in brass and steel.
Finally, we’ve got a veteran programmer offering up something a little different: an educational graphic novel based around real-world coding, hacking and hardware. The pages shown so far look great, seamlessly bringing actual information about technology (and refreshingly accurate depictions of it) into the comic book format. Born of the challenges the artist faced trying to teach his own kids about computer science, it looks like a labor of love that should be worth checking out.