The Joy of Laser Cutting is a website designed to introduce laser cutting to artists. The goal of this site is to encourage creative engagement with laser cutters by educating and inspiring artists about the possibilities that this technology offers. The site contains 9 step-by-step “recipes” for making different fake foods using a variety of laser cutting techniques. Users can follow these recipes to learn the fundamentals of laser cutting, but are also encouraged to improvise, tweak, and make substitutions and they see fit.
This project grew out of my own experience looking to explore the potential for laser cutting in my own art practice. I had trouble finding resources and information that spoke to my interests & motivations as an artist; I wanted to be inspired, but all I found were tutorials on how to make keychains. With the Joy of Laser Cutting, I looked to fill this gap, by creating a resource for and by artists that not only teaches, but also inspires creative engagement with this exciting new medium.
The Joy of Laser Cutting is a part of Alda Escareño's MDes Thesis. She graduated from the IAMD program at OCAD University.
See a video and photos from the final thesis show here.
If you have any questions or feedback about this project, you can reach Alda via the form below. You can also follow her adventures here: @multiplealdas.