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Throughout most of known human existence the processes, materials and tools of production were available to individuals involved in both utilitarian and expressive work. Since the Renaissance, however, the exponential growth and sophistication of technology has made it impossible for the majority of artists to gain access to many potential tools for expression. Despite the complexity of myriad technical means, some individuals have been successful in utilizing advanced technologies for expressive purposes. The purpose of this study was to examine the methods these individuals employed to access and apply sophisticated technologies for expressive production. A qualitative research methodology consisting of personal interviews was used as the primary means of data acquisition. Analysis of the interviews incorporated the constant comparative method in a search for grounded theory. Two categories of similarities within this population were revealed: situational similarities and phenomenological similarities. Situational similarities established that this population was primarily located within the higher education community. Phenomenological similarities identified behaviors common to this population: an ability to communicate across disciplinary boundaries, and the ability to isolate, understand and carry out sophisticated technical processes. The study has implications concerning the higher education environment and the cross-disciplinary exploration this environment has the ability to support. Further study of the higher education environment and its impact on cross-disciplinary research was recommended.