Cube 3D printer in action
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Cube 3D printer in action

3D Kernow makes a splash in Falmouth!

June sees a programme of influential speakers, demonstrations and hands on workshops focused on developing the uses of 3D printing technology in Cornwall.  This exciting initiative is the result of work by 3D Kernow, a group formed with the express purpose of encouraging the exploration of the technology for groups, individuals and companies in Cornwall. … Continue reading

"Breathless" by Cornelia Parker.  Victoria and Albert museum

The apprentice….too little, too late?

Surely I cannot be the only person who has noticed the bidding war between the parties on the number of apprenticeships that will be created during the next government ?   Sometimes the current level of debate reminds me more of a game of Toptrumps than a serious attempt to get policy across, ah well! … Continue reading

Driftwood sculpture at the Eden Project by heather Jansch.

Teaching creativity

  An argument that I had thought long dead resurface recently, briefly stated it suggests that creativity is not something that can or should be taught in schools because in order to be creative an individual needs to have a wide range of knowledge and skills.  These things are what schools should be teaching so … Continue reading

My blogging excuse, a new roof for the workshop

Ringing the Bell for creativity!

A long blogging break, justified only in part by my other project in the image, but now back to it!  And what a way to start the year.  Sir David Bell made national headlines with a robust critique of elements of the education system as it exists in this country at the moment.  The  arguments were … Continue reading

Which way now for Design Technology?

The make baby and the design bathwater.

  Some very thoughtful and enlightening feedback to my last posts and a conversation with a colleague are the starting points for this post.  My colleague, who teaches at a local sixth form college,  was showing me around and, as you do, we were sharing frustrations.  One in particular was a great product model, fully … Continue reading

Detail from a dining table by Edward Barnsley

Reading, writing and wroughting…………..

  Following some pretty detailed comment from Martin Chandler on my last post it seems only fair to respond to some of what he said.  Given that I suspect both he and I come from pretty much the same stable there is a lot of common ground between us, but of course some issues arise … Continue reading

One of Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial tables.
Falmouth University students presenting their designs to Sir Kenneth Grange

Teaching iterative design……….catching up with the curve.

  Things have changed in the design world.  I jumped at the invitation to join students at Falmouth University as they presented their ideas to to their visiting professor, Sir Kenneth Grange.  Now here’s the thing.  When I was growing up this man was shaping the world, indeed he was creating the design climate we … Continue reading

Degree show work by Hannah Casey, an ex pupil who has gone on to great things.

“What’s wrong with DT?………….Now there’s a question.

  I can’t recall what I was looking for but I came across this report on the RSA blog, “What’s wrong with DT?”   Written by John Miller it provides a thought provoking analysis of Design Technology, you should certainly read it here.   Miller is an advocate and supporter of the subject but has the advantage … Continue reading

Designs for a table. In this case the first sketch lead to a full size drawing and manufacture.

Iterative design……………….the shape of the future of Design Technology

Just over twelve months ago the proposed new National Curriculum for Design Technology had thrown most of us into disbelief and despair.  It seemed that all the work developing the subject over the last twenty or thirty years was simply to be discarded and a model rooted in the 1920’s was to be the way … Continue reading

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