The not-for-profit company Digital Arts and Crafts Ltd has grown out of Richard Weston's fascination with natural materials such as minerals, fossils and rocks that led to his award-winning scarves for Liberty of London. Along the way he discovered numerous other uses for his library of digital scans and began working with young children and students. After using flatbed scanners for many years he has recently bought a powerful Nikon microscope that greatly extends the range of the 'data from nature' that are the da&c's key resource.
The da&c has four directors:
Richard Weston: trained as an architect and landscape architect, Richard is a well known author and designer. His design work has been exhibited and published internationally and his books include a Sir Banister Fletcher Prize-wining study of Alvar Aalto and the authorised monograph on the work of the architect of Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon. After 30 years as a university teacher, latterly as Professor of Architecture at Cardiff University, he took early retirement in 2013 to pursue his fascination with natural materials as an inspiration for digital design.
John Parker: after many years as a Literary Agent, looking after clients such as Roy Lancaster, Sir Roger Penrose and Iain Sinclair (both of whom he still advises) John now acts as a literary and media consultant. He has a particular interest in the impact of digitisation on publishing and will be leading an innovative programme of printed and e-books for the DA&C
Tina Fotherby: after four years as in-house publicist for one of Britain’s most famous businessmen, Theo Paphitis, Tina has formed her own agency – Famous Publicity – to provide a specialist service for clients in the areas of adventure, art and brands.
Rebecca Pike: following graduation in 2003 Rebecca worked as Richard Weston's research assistant. Since then she has been practicing in London, delivering many small residential schemes and latterly commercial and education projects, including the refurbishment of a Grade I Listed crescent in Bath. In 2013 she established Studio Pike.