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Artist and industrial designer
Blending traditional and digital tools to make one-of-a-kind objects of beauty
Brooke M Davis Design blurs the line between artisan and designer by combining artistic expression with design precision to produce luxury craftsmanship. The process involves coupling mass production techniques like computer aided design with hands on master craftsmanship to create new and exciting results. With individuality in mind, this process allows for ease of customization at the client’s request.
Brooke's process of discovery and creation for Tablescape #1 (at left) is much like it is for all her original works. "It's a fluid process, and it always involves my ShopBot CNC," notes Brooke. "I always have in mind that CNC is going to be integrated into my process. I'll often start by making a 2D pencil sketch, then build on the idea by doing quick modeling in wet clay, to see where this takes me. I'll photograph the models, and bring them into computer and use CAD to hone and clean up the lines ... It's a fluid process. I'll then go back to clay to continue to play with the work. Sometimes I'll draw on top of the photographs and bring that into the computer to further develop the design."
Brooke's collections range from high-end one-of-a-kind pieces to
limited run productions. With quality craftsmanship and attention to
detail, every piece is made to order with quality in mind. She works
with individual clients, interior designers, and architects to offer
a variety of services to meet innovative project needs. Specialties
include limited run CNC production, industrial design, furniture
design, and custom architectural installations.
"I'd worked with ShopBots throughout my education and teaching positions, so I was very familiar with their tools and capabilities. CNC technology became ingrained into my creative processes from the start, and I always integrate it into my design and production process. I finally bought my own ShopBot in May of 2011 and it's been everything I knew it would be.
One of the things I really like about ShopBot is the community that surrounds it. The people at ShopBot are great -- very helpful if I ever have a question. And there's a very supportive and active group of users on the forum, so you feel like you're part of a larger group that's very much into CNC and helping one another succeed."
Brooke also founded the community hacker space, make+SHift in 2011. " It's the only Design on Demand Shop for product developers in Texas!" says Brooke. "We provide you with the necessary design resources to make your ideas a reality. We offer design consulting services, CNC prototyping, and classes to advance professional development, plus comfortable work-space all in one place."
Brooke notes, "One of the things that's been wonderful about
opening make+SHift is that I learn something new all the time from
my customers. They bring new projects and challenges to the table,
and my team gets to think of new ways of solving problems. It
energizes my own design thinking as well."