Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Carnival in Paris!

In le Jardin des Tuileries, there is a carnival along the rue de Rivoli.
Susie, I thought you'd like this clown with a saxophone.
Yes, we are in France.
This delightful image actually represented a more dimensional object!
It's a little roller coaster!
This fair, like most contemporary carnivals, demonstrates many creative uses of fiberglass. This guy was really big.
Bat/bird man/boat
This was the first food stand that I saw.
This is in its perfect context.
This is rad, no matter where. I should go eat there tomorrow, just because I can.
Update: those churros tasted like old oil, had no cinnamon, and no creaminess inside. California churros have much better flavor and texture!
The games have interesting prizes-- cell phones, digital cameras, and other electronics. These prizes seem even more inaccessible than the stuffed animals in the rigged carnival games that I'm used to.

You could even win a crepe griddle (in theory, if not in practice.)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another RISCA show!

Elena Calderón-Patiño, RISCA's Community Arts Program Director, curated a show at the Atrium Gallery in 1 Capitol Hill (across the street from the Rhode Island State House.) Elena is working to support creativity from diverse ethnic communities, and this is a show of work by Asian artists. The work pictured above is in the show, which will be on display until the end of August.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I milled out the Internet Zero boards on the Modela. More information on Internet 0 can be found here, and the files for the boards can be found here, under Internet 0.

When I tried to cut the boards out on the Modela, the bit consistently threatened to drag itself through the milled traces, so I used the drill press to perforate the boards and then break them apart. (I didn't have a jewelry saw and the wood saw blade was too wide.)
When separating the perforated boards, it is important to carefully apply even pressure to each side of the break. I find the easiest way to do this is to lay the board on a table, with the perforated line parallel to the edge of the table (directly over it.) Push down on the piece of the board that hangs off the table, while simultaneously holding the other half down against the table. It should snap easily along your line.
I started to stuff the boards and I hope to get stuff closer to working!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Full Circle

Today my mom sent me a link to something that was posted on BOING BOING.
SHE sent it to ME!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I've been figuring out how to use this open source program called, "Processing". You can download it for free and find tutorials on the Processing website.
I created the image above with one of the simple beginning codes, and the images below were created by modifiying that code.
A sort of storm
Undulating waves like unraveled knitting

Then I figured out how to code different colors.
I drew this with a mouse.

Monday, July 19, 2010

From Here to There

This is most of a letter I wrote to accompany a letter of support from MIT, asking for assistance to attend the Fab Academy graduation in Amsterdam!

In the summer of 2009 I was very fortunately awarded the Fellowship of Craft by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. That September, while teaching at the Rhode Island Maker Faire at Slater Mills, I was invited to participate in the Fab Academy, the pilot year of a program in digital fabrication. I decided to invest my fellowship money in furthering my education, and I enrolled as one of half a dozen people in America who participated as students in this exciting and prestigious new program.

Though classes were held at AS220's new Fab Lab in Providence, the program was taught through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Barcelona, via international video conferences. This communication technology connected us, not only to MIT and Barcelona, but also to the other Fab Academies in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland; Pune, India; Capetown, South Africa; Amsterdam & Gronigen, Holland; Nairobi, Kenya; and Bermeo, Spain.

Nearly fifty Fab Labs, or digital fabrication laboratories, have been created in sixteen different countries around the world. A Fab Lab consists of a suite of tools for digital fabrication, including a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, CNC router, 3D scanner, 3D printer, and a variety of other tools. These resources enable people to make almost anything, and can help everyone to better meet the needs of their community via rapid prototyping and digital design solutions. At the Fab Lab in Jalalabad, Afghanistan lab users designed and fabricated their own long- range wireless antennas to bring internet reception to their community. These receivers were built from plywood and chicken wire.

In our Providence and Rhode Island communities, I see a need for employment. Using the skills that I have learned in the Fab Academy, I hope to create jobs by building a lasercutter and starting a laser- cut textile business. In this endeavor I will unite these new digital techniques with my extensive knowledge of traditional craft practices. I'm currently researching different types of home-built lasercutters, and writing a business plan.

This August, the first class of the Fab Academy will graduate in Amsterdam at the 6th annual FAB conference. I look hopefully forward to attending this event and to learning, teaching, and continuing to work in new ways in the future.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Electronic "Paper"work

I've been applying for a lot of stuff lately, mostly associated with the logistics around getting to the Fab Academy graduation in Amsterdam. I'm working on an interview/ article for an exciting magazine, and yesterday I gave an artist talk for the Providence Art Windows. I guess I haven't written in a little while because, focusing on work, I didn't feel outgoing for a few days. Now I'm finishing up projects to bring to Europe, and researching libraries, museums, galleries, and suppliers to visit while overseas. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More Glass

Photos by Gisel Florez, except for the bottom one.
It took me a month to make this necklace.

I made some of these beads with vintage glass rods from 1950s France.
I etched the glass to look matte, like candy necklaces.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hair- do

I don't usually post images of things I didn't make myself, but I really want to share these. Most of them are from Hairport in Lisbon, Portugal.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Evolving Bubblecloud

I'm always trying to figure out the myriad possibilities to construct the support structures for these forms I imagine.