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A key characteristic of the Futurenetic fashion tribe is the way they so willingly embrace new technologies and adapt them to old ways - or perhaps it's more a case of updating older methods with new techniques. Studio jeweler and metals magician Stanley Lechtzin is such an artist. "The computer is a liberating force that provides us with freedom and independence," he explains. "It is inexpensive, readily available and unlimited in its applications. I now believe that the CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided-Design / Computer-Aided-Manufacture) is a new craft medium." (images)
The computer is able to undo a lingering legacy of the industrial revolution which separated the three parts of creating objects: fleshing out the concept, the actual design part and then executing the design. Concept, design and execution have been reunited and placed back under artists' control, fostering less of the specialization and compartmentalization that led to a reaction by the artists - and was an instrumental force in the contemporary craft movement. "The hands on CAD/CAM craft provides an answer to the problems with technology that so disquieted my predecessors; namely the alienation and removal of the designer/artist from the interaction with materials and the satisfaction and discoveries derived therefrom," continues Lechtzin. "I choose to immerse myself in the technology of my generation...I wish to speak to and about my time, and can find no better medium than the technology developed by this highly industrialized society."
Using the materials and anonymous processes of industry, Lechtzin personalizes the outcome and gives industrial materials a different kind of value, one which is also aesthetic and cultivated in the wearing. "The forms I create would not evolve as they do without regard to the body," he notes. But adornment is only one part of his work's overall message. "I would have no interest in creating these pieces, if all they need do is adorn. My intent is to act as an interpreter of today's technology and demonstrate human values in control of this new medium."
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com