I am an experienced digital craftsperson, maker and researcher. For over fifteen years my research has been investigating the integration of digital design and production technologies into art and craft practices. As such I am interested in the role and significance of digital tools within craft practice, both in terms of new aesthetic opportunities, and how the creative use of this toolset challenges the concept of the ‘handmade’. I have exhibited digital craftwork both nationally and internationally. More broadly, I am interested in how craft, as a materially sensitive and human centred practice can have value in multidisciplinary research projects and has been involved in numerous collaborative projects that bring together diverse teams to investigate areas beyond the normal scope of craft practitioners. I am also interested in how access to digital manufacturing tools can empower individuals and communities to ‘make’, especially in relation to Makerspaces and Maker communities, both within the UK and beyond. I was a member of the AHRC peer Review College from 2012 to 2018, including sitting on the ‘Follow on Funding’ award panel. I am a Fellow of the RSA and external examiner for BA(Hons)/MDes 3D Design and Craft Course at the University of Brighton.
A fuller project description of work by Marshall can be found here. A link to a co-authored paper presented at RTD (2019) entitled ‘Enticatypes: Exploring how artefacts can entice conversation on craft values in digital making’ can be found here.
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Marshall, J & Rossi, C. Making with China: Craft-based Participatory Research Methods for Investigating Shenzhen’s Maker Movement. Digital Culture & Society (DCS), Vol. 3, Issue 1/2017 – Making and Hacking, ISSN 2364-2122