Lynsey Calder, 2014

This research sets out to investigate whether technological innovations in design and the personalisation of textile tourist souvenirs through 3D printing, could offer opportunities to break away from stereotypically throwaway, low quality, mass manufactured products that souvenir consumption is often associated with. Initially the study was undertaken within a historic environment in Stirling, Scotland, producing 3D printed souvenirs in situ and inviting visitors to comment on the finished items. The initial findings suggest that visitors placed a premium on the personalisation potential of the printed souvenirs. In addition, the immediacy of the in-situ production of souvenirs appeared to create new ways for visitor engagement and experience of the attraction and its artefacts. Focusing on conclusions that came out of the Digimakit pilot at Stirling Castle in 2014, we are now taking ‘Digimakit On The Road’.

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