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Richard Saul Wurman to moderate discussion on craftsmanship with modern materials

By IYRS School of Technology & Trades

NEWPORT, R.I. -- IYRS School of Technology & Trades will conclude its summer series, Mastering the Craft, with a roundtable focusing on Making with Modern Materials on Friday, August 15th in Restoration Hall.  The second annual event offers a unique window into understanding a modern face to craftsmanship by engaging master makers, builders, and companies in the region who work with composite and carbon fiber materials.  Series participants Matt Dunham, Clear Carbon & Components (Bristol, RI); Ben Hall, Hall Composites (Bristol, RI); Henry Elliot; IYRS School of Composites Technology (Bristol, RI); and Steve Nolet, TPI Composites (Warren, RI) will be joined by special guest Ping Fu, entrepreneur and Chief Strategy Officer at 3D Systems, a major innovative company in this space (www.3dsystems.com).  Discussion will be moderated by Richard Saul Wurman, an extraordinary innovator himself in information architecture, author of over 80 books, and creator of many world-renowned conferences and discussions.

“We see modern materials informing design thinking in a broad range of our economy,” says IYRS president, Terry Nathan,  “including wind energy, medical technologies, aerospace, automotive, boats, and now increasingly both residential and commercial construction. Much of this work is extraordinarily technical and very much craft-oriented.  Last year, IYRS hosted its first roundtable, comprised of makers mostly from the Newport community who practiced in a wide range of work from jewelry, stone carving, and sculpture to photography, to boat restoration and bow making.  Nearly one hundred fifty people attended the discussion, which was followed by a wine tasting courtesy of Vintry Fine Wines.

Making with Modern Materials is graciously sponsored by The Hilton Group at UBS and by Vintry Fine Wines, one of New York’s most exclusive wine merchants, who will offer a wine tasting and offer light fare for attendees of the roundtable following the discussion.

Tickets for the roundtable are $25 each and can be purchased by contacting Loriana De Crescenzo at ldecrescenzo@iyrs.edu or 401-848-5777 x204.

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