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Traditional craft meets digital technology
Manchester's Craft and Design Centre is the perfect place for this exhibition, called Breathe, which fuses two different art forms together.

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See how the art of glass blowing has been combined with digital technology in this new show (Image:

Glassblowing and digital design are not commonly two art forms you would place together, but this new show combines the two to add a touch of technology to an ancient art form. The two artists involved in the exhibition are Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary, who won Manchester Metropolitan University's MMU Graduate Award in 2017. Jahday Ford is a glass blower and Joseph Hillary is a digital designer, who have worked together to create a really unique show. The duo won the 12th annual exhibition award and are now exhibiting their work until spring 2018. The exhibition is sponsored by The Radcliffe Trust, one of Britain's oldest charities who support people working in the arts and heritage sector. They support traditional craft sectors and their support of this show is an example of how traditional art forms are embracing technology to enhance the creative process. This exhibition highlights how the use of technology can be positive and innovative to the craft world.

The exhibition of glass blowing creations has an impressive digital element. The sound of Jahday creating the glass was recorded and converted using Joe's digital design skills. This was then turned into a 3D mould by converting the sound waves. The resulting glass is an example of the first breath of the artist, hence the title of the show. Their work is inspired by Michael Eden and is something new and different. The craft style is innovative and uses technology to manipulate physical materials. It is a clever way to give new life to a traditional art form.

The exhibition is taking place at Manchester Craft and Design Centre from Thursday 15th February until Sunday 13th May, so there is plenty of time to catch the show. The exhibition is open from 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday and is free to visit. There will also be a special talk on Sunday 27th February, where the curator will explain the show on a free tour. There is no need to book for this special event. Simply turn up and meet on the ground floor by the exhibition space at 1.30pm. This is a great event for art and design lovers who want to see how technology can change the way you create.
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Why? For a craft exhibition of glass blowing which uses digital technology
When: 15th February-13th May: Monday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm
Where: Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JD
Cost: FREE
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