IYRS Announces Jack Mauch as Artist in Residence for Digital Modeling & Fabrication Program



With the continued growth of digital fabrication in power and accessibility, so grows the need for flexible, inventive problem solvers, whether craftspeople, designers, artists, or the like. Mr. Jack Mauch has been selected as the inaugural Artist in Residence for the Digital Modeling and Fabrication program at IYRS.

Photo from www.jackmauch.com by Jesse Beecher

The goal of the IYRS Artist in Residence Program is to foster a period of intense technical, material or process based research to uncover creative and/or innovative opportunities to leverage technology, both software & hardware. By applying and exploring the tools & methods of DMF, the Artist in Residence provides a venue for introduction to, or continued exploration of, digital fabrication technology in an effort to integrate powerful, new skills in personal practice, while driving the industry & technology forward.

“…a period of intense technical, material or process based research to uncover creative and/or innovative opportunities to leverage technology, both software & hardware…”

The professional practice of makers often involves a concentrated, self-contained system of development, planning & implementation. Utilizing technology ubiquitous to the DMF program, and working alongside DMF students, the Resident Artist will model a professional workflow that unlocks technical & aesthetic processes DMF students may not have experienced. Although the Resident’s end game is self-directed research, the first month of the residency is allocated to direct student interaction through learning & teaching as students execute their end-of-program Capstone Project. The goal of engaging in this phase of the program is to assist students with the coalescence of disparate skills & manufacturing processes, while creating a refined, well-crafted

The experience seeks qualified candidates of makers with an established professional practice & demonstrated expertise in their field searching for intensive technical, material or process based research & development, all while deepening their knowledge & exposure to digital fabrication processes, both software & hardware. Of primary importance to IYRS is that the Resident Artist be interested in using their time to undertake a course of research that is
technical in nature with an outcome that has utility. We encourage Residents to explore the various software, tools and materials used within the DMF curriculum in order to discover unique applications that are specific to the Resident’s professional practice. However, we are particularly interested in how the Resident combines technology with their established skills, then translates this information into physical form for all to see.

Jack Mauch, a studio craftsperson based in Allston, MA, is the IYRS Artist in Residence for Spring, 2018. He will be working with the DMF team in April & May, 2018.

Here is a brief excerpt from Jack’s website:

As one of five children in a family that values art more than procedure, no one objected when I elected to drop-out of high-school at age 16 to begin studying at the Maine College of Art. I double majored in Ceramics and Furniture Design, and ultimately graduated with a BFA in Ceramics. I moved to Cambridge, MA where I worked for the Department of Exhibitions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught woodworking as a Non-Resident Tutor of the Arts at Harvard’s Eliot House. Seeking to expand my creative vision and technical abilities I obtained a two-year Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Crafts where I conducted a broad, multidisciplinary study of materials and craft processes, and began much of the inquiry that drives my work today. I currently work in my studio in Allston, MA, but frequently travel to participate in artist residencies and to teach workshops. My work has been exhibited in the United States, including at SOFA Chicago, the Penland Gallery and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and has been featured in American Craft Magazine and on the Popular Woodworking Blog.


If you are an individual who would like to be considered as a future Artist in Residence please contact us.