Phil Cuttance’s aim is to produce a series of intricate cast objects based on his faceture casting process but, by utilising Plymouth College of Arts Digital capabilities, take the process into a new direction in terms of the form and scale of the pieces.
By cutting larger, more intricate moulds using Plymouth College of Art’s digital equipment, he uses these digitally made moulds to cast sculptural pieces using water-based resin; each piece is unique in its form.
Cuttance thinks that digital technologies should have a light footprint within craft, and not be used to replace skill, but to complement the maker; To provide the maker with opportunities which aren’t possible by hand.
There are many people in the design/make field using technology, and he hopes that this project is another example of using digital technolgy in this limited way.
He claims he is wary of digital technology, but has been excited and impressed with what forms he can now make using the processes he employed. Cuttance feels he can use it in future projects to push the aesthetic of his work further while maintaining the ‘hand-made’ integrity of his work.