Adamina Turek Digital Media Technician: Camberwell staff profile
Adamina is one of our talented technicians at Camberwell College of Arts. She works with the Digital Media team at Peckham road, specialising in web development, from design to coding. Adamina also teaches Flash animation, helps students with 3D scanning, Photogrammetry and 3D printing. She moved to London from her native Poland twenty years ago to study a BA in Design for Interactive Media and then went on to do MA in Photography and a PGCE. We met Adamina to find out more about her experience working at Camberwell and her projects within her personal practice.
Being an international student myself I have a lot of sympathy and understanding for those students who move to London to study. It can be as much as exciting as daunting to live and study away from home in a new country.
My job, just as any digital related job, is changing all the time with the progress of technology and with changes in curriculum. My teaching is often very practical but I also teach in a more formal setting delivering lectures and workshops. Big part of my job is troubleshooting, managing expectations and explaining processes and their timeline.
In my opinion teaching is very rewarding job, I love passing on knowledge and sharing my experiences with students.
In my personal practice I explore the craft of wood carving and pottery. The nature of both is very tactile and throughout the process, I am in constant contact with the material. The process of making in my practice is almost the opposite to creating digital files for 3D printing where one doesn’t have contact with the material until the object is printed. A few years ago I was introduced to ceramics by a fantastic artist and maker, Taslim Martin who is Ceramics Technician at Camberwell, he taught me how to throw on a potter’s wheel and at that moment I was in love with pottery.
Since then, I set up a micro studio with my partner in north London where we live. We also work in wood and run workshops in spoon carving across UK. My personal interest in woodcarving brought me to teach MA students the craft of spoon making. Where students designed their own, often unconventional spoon and then carved them using traditional carving tools. Working with Digital everyday it was very refreshing to be able to teach craft of spoon carving!
My passion for woodwork is definitely coming from my dad, who has been a carpenter all his life. I grow up with objects made out of wood, the smell of wood was always been present in my life. My dad is a maker and he would never called himself an artist. However some pieces he has made out of wood are simply a work of art.
Please tell us about your most resent project
I am currently working on a research project called “Taking a Spoon on a Journey” where I am taking a hand carved wooden spoon through processes available to students across all the different workshops across Camberwell College of Arts. The spoon has been firstly carved in wood using traditional tools then digitalised by a process called Photogrametry, which allows us to get a 3 dimensional digital version of the spoon. That 3D digital version is then 3D printed and the 3D print is then used to create a mould in ceramics and also in foundry. I am very much simplifying the journey here, but what is important about this research is that there will be at least 5 spoons created from the initial mould.
These spoons will be created using different techniques, from wood, plastic, clay to silver and bronze. The research will explain in detail the time scale of each process and the materials involved. This project came to life when I wanted to learn more about the processes available in our workshops here at Camberwell, but also I wanted to combine craft and digital work.
What are our future plans?
My infatuation with ceramics and woodwork over the past few years drove me and my partner to establishing the 2 Hungry Bakers brand. We make functional tableware both from wood and clay. So my plan is to continue to develop the 2 Hungry Bakers brand, make work that I am proud of and enjoy the process of making. I also hope to expand the teaching of spoon carving and share my passion for craft with wider audience!
2 Hungry Bakers