The bigger question to me is, if the cad/cam designer is using
computer tools (strokes or what ever term you like) like I use
regularly in Inkscape (for web design and other graphic art) is
there any art work or unique value.
I've been following this thread though I do not work with wax or
CAD. I tried working with wax once and preferred fabrication though I
may work with wax more in the future for certain elements.
I don't believe however that fabrication is superior to wax or wax
is superior to CAD. When we speak about "Art" who are we to determine
is art enough to be called art. This really steams me. There are so
many people out there who want to judge what is and isn't art and if
we listened to only their opinions and guidelines then art would
cease anyways because it would be the same damn thing over and over
again. The key word in the sentence above is graphic art. I have
friends who are graphic artists and they believe whole heartedly what
they do is art. Isn't it what we put into something, visualize,
express, submit to that brings a creation to life? art
1 (Art) n.
1. Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the
work of nature.
2. a. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors,
forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the
sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a
graphic or plastic medium.
b. The study of these activities.
c. The product of these activities; human works of beauty considered
as a group.
3. High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of
beauty; aesthetic value.
4. A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
5. A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
What determines if something is or is not art as I believe is what
someone else is able to see in a particular piece. I walk by things
everyday that I do not see art in but many people do. I am not going
to stand on a soap box and tell them they are wrong.
As to unique value - who can recreate what we see in our heads? In
my classes the instructor will often teach us a basic concept for a
design such as a spin ring but by the time each student has finished
they all look different and unique though the concept and
construction of the ring is the same. Take a roomful of CAD designers
and they will each come up with a different design from their heads.
If we can't allow people too express themselves in whatever form and
using whatever method they like then no wonder we have a hard time
getting the world to realize the artist value of our endeavors.
Some may or may not like the look of the art that is created using
CAD but that doesn't justify them to indicate that another persons
work is not art.
Okay - off my soap box ---
Hoping her art is art enough!