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Design Talk Lecture Series

Frankie Flood: UWM Digital Craft Research Lab (DCRL)

Frankie Flood, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, teaches in the Jewelry & Metalsmithing area and oversees the Digital Craft Research Lab at UWM. 

Frankie Flood is one of four Design Research Institute Fellows for 2013-2014.

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  • Have B.

    Excellent, Frankie is always a great presenter!

    February 13, 2014

  • Pete P.

    Awesome talk! As always, Frankie drops the knowledge, and it totally humble about it. :)

    February 12, 2014

    • Frankie F.

      Thanks again for coming to the talk, Pete. I hope your talk went well; can't wait to see the video of it when it's posted.

      February 13, 2014

  • Frankie F.


    Thank you for comments! It is my hope that my cutters would be used and not JUST placed on a pedestal. You may have noticed a progression in my talk where the objects I make are getting closer and closer to my desire for them to be "put into daily use"! Shea's hand is doing that and I think that's why this project is so dear to my heart right now.

    Thanks again for your kind words.


    February 13, 2014

  • Jonathan G.

    Frankie. Very inspiring presentation.

    First and foremost, you got me to think!!!! :) I'm still thinking about what is art, craft, tools, process, design. Question I wanted to ask you was... 1. If one of your "pizza cutters" sits in a gallery and never cuts a pizza... is it a pizza cutter? And if not, why design the object to seemingly appear like a pizza cutter. Why not make it appear like a pipe.

    On another note... someone said "humble" in a previous comment about you. You beautifully explained your art, but in particular... showed how you are a master craftsman. This, I AM humbled.

    Thank you for re-energizing my creative batteries. I look forward to upcoming lectures!

    - Jonathan Gelfman

    February 12, 2014

  • Carl W.

    Fascinating topic. Frankie has a great approach to his craft... and more.

    February 11, 2014

    • Pete P.

      Carl, I missed you... any chance you were sitting right behind me?

      February 12, 2014

  • Romualdas S.

    Lets expand the awareness of the Wisconsin Gov. Business Contest of $100,000.00 due Jan. 31, 2015 and now the for teens due mid March 2014.
    Supported with ideas worth sharing
    Team up with a business or organization and host a pre warm up business pitch or social networking party sharing ideas .
    Romualdas Stanenas/Teacher/ Educators Credit Union Member
    Previous draft proposal 2013
    Allow for the knowledge to develop through out the state.

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Romualdas S.

      I am meeting with Alverno University & submitted draft idea to 2014 Wisconsin governors Business contest. I would like U.W. Milwaukee to join reviewing the grants for the project. Contact would be nice.

      February 2, 2014

    • LeeAnn G.

      Let's talk before or after the Design Talk Lecture on Feb. 11. I look forward to it.

      February 10, 2014

  • LeeAnn G.

    You will love this talk! The Digital Craft Research Lab is amazing. So is Frankie Flood!

    3 · January 16, 2014

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