Digital Fabrication Residency first launched in September 2014. Since the beta session group, DFR has helped numerous artists learn fabrication techniques through project-based learning. DFR is a community of artists that are interested in exploring how digital fabrication techniques and traditional fabrication techniques can come together in interesting new ways. Along the way, DFR formed the division Art Design + Fabrication to meet the needs of artists who needed projects fabricated for public art, gallery, art fairs and museum shows.
The core concept of digital fabrication is the synchronization of materials, software and machinery. DFR is designed to empower artists with knowledge and workflows that will help meet specific project goals and gain an understanding of digital tools. The technologies available to residents have rapidly grown at DFR resulting in growth of new onsite residency programs and workshops geared to specific workflows. We are always interested in meeting artists, designers and educators who are interested in proposing talks for our Speaker Series or workshop content.
Digital Fabrication Residency studios are located near St. Michael's Maryland. The area is renowned for the beauty of Chesapeake and surrounding farms and charm of the Eastern Shore. A 3.5 hour trip from NYC, 1 hour from Washington D.C., the area hosts a wealth of history and charm. There are many lodging options from bed and breakfasts to hotel chains, Air BNB and an array of restaurants, markets and other resources unique to the region.
KARI BRITTA LORENSOn| Director | Digital Fabrication Specialist
Specializing in digital embroidery, textile design, and utilizing digital technology for fiber, textile and sculptural applications. Lorenson is an artist, educator, writer and technical consultant with over a decade of experience in design, the visual arts and facilitating creativity. An expert in emerging technology and workflows that experiment with traditional and progressive technologies. Lorenson was sculpture faculty and Operations Manager of the Fine Arts department at the School of Visual Arts until 2014. She was lead designer of the Nature and Technology Lab and created the Fiber and Material Studies Lab integrating digital fabrication technology and traditional processes. Lorenson founded Knotwe, a popular online platform for artists, designers and craft professionals innovating at the forefront of craft, art, design, tradition and technology in fiber arts, textiles and surface design. In 2014, Lorenson founded Digital Fabrication Residency, initially an online project learning professional development opportunity for artists that has now grown into several programs including onsite opportunities for artists to work directly with machines and digital fabrication specialists. Art Design + Fabrication naturally evolved as a service to assist artists with creating artworks for museum, gallery exhibitions, art fairs and other professional platforms.
ERIK S. GUZMAN| Head Technical COnsultant| Digital Fabrication Specialist
An accomplished artist, educator, and digital fabrication consultant with over 20 years of experience in CNC technologies, and decades of traditional sculptural experience, he is highly sought after for his understanding of materials, process, industrial level workflows and engineering. Guzman has traveled around the world consulting with hundreds of artists, organizations on numerous projects both in the public art sector and for private works. He pioneered one of the first digital fabrication labs in an educational institution at the School of Visual Arts in New York City developing innovative workflows that use cutting edge technology and software. He is an integral part of Digital Fabrication Residency and Art Design + Fabrication for his expertise and extensive experience in sculpture and digital fabrication technology.
Guzman's artwork has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His most recent public art project, The Weather Beacon was installed in New York City's Financial District in Lower Manhattan in 2010, receiving international attention for innovation and masterful engineering. Guzman's work has been covered by numerous publications such as Art Forum, Art In America, Brooklyn Rail, Sculpture and numerous other media sources. He is a featured artist in Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art written by Arthur I. Miller published 2014.