Tech fans flock to Leeds Craft Hack

Leeds Craft Hack, at the Leeds Museum..Jamie Hutchison from Studio 12 pictured with his 3D Printer.  Picture by Simon Hulme
Leeds Craft Hack, at the Leeds Museum..Jamie Hutchison from Studio 12 pictured with his 3D Printer. Picture by Simon Hulme
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Creative folk in Leeds have been getting crafty today on some cutting edge digital technology in the city’s first ever Leeds Craft Hack.

Visitors to Leeds City Museum got hands on with the latest art and design techniques in the new day-long event to showcase new ways of designing and making crafts.

Ben Sheard, AKA Circuit Ben from Shipley, plays his 80s keyboard, which is knitted with wool.

Ben Sheard, AKA Circuit Ben from Shipley, plays his 80s keyboard, which is knitted with wool.

Among the gadgets on show is a 3D printer, laser cutter and vinyl cutter - with pieces from the collections of Leeds’ museums and galleries used as inspiration.

One of the organisers, Liz Chadwick, Leeds museums’ digital media assistant, said: “We wanted to put together a workshop, with some of our collection items, for adults to give them a brief introduction of the craft world and the technology that can be used.

“We wanted to appeal to those who might never have experienced this type of technology before, and see that it’s accessible.

“It’s a good way to use craft and play - and use that to inform people about technology.”

The event saw the museum team up with experts at Leeds Hack Space, an innovative local group which brings together creative people and the latest tools.

Leeds-based audio-visual hub Studio 12 also brought in a 3D printer, which visitors used to design and print buttons.

Liz said the feedback from those at the event has been very positive and she now hopes to make it an annual attraction as well as working with schools and universities.

She said: “It’s been great seeing people bring in their own objects to design and customise. There have been lots of happy faces - people who’ve etched out coasters or created outfits.

“There were lots of people saying it was wonderful and that they’d not seen anything like it before.”

It runs until 4.30pm today.

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