Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On it!

Sorry for the lapse in communication. Look for my new work at Craftland in Providence this Friday and at the RISD Alumni Sale on December 8th at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Monday, September 10, 2012


My future arrived! I am now the proud owner of a lasercutter and I'm starting a textile business, launching in late September at the World Maker Faire in New York!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Headband plus earrings

I only noticed after making the necklace

that the headband + the earrings

roughly equal the necklace.
(pompoms and lasercut fabric
on a computer cable)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012


I gave up and it felt so good.
The first half of the day has been comically disappointing, but I'm not going to let that prevent me from enjoying the second half. I highly recommend patronizing the party supply store in Olneyville Square, (the one between Kennedy Fried Chicken and Keystone Printing.) They were so kind to me today.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Probably yes

I like thinking with my hands through play.
Thanks to Kelly Eident for the acrylic, and Mike McCarthy for the photo.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Corpus Callosum

I made a poster for the show tomorrow at 186 Carpenter Street in Providence. Corpus Callosum is on tour all the way from San Francisco, and Speaker For The Dead is joining them for some New England dates. Corpus Callosum has an amazing glass harmonium of tuned wine glasses (okay, not a true harmonium but SUPER INSPIRING nonetheless) , accordion, mandolin, guitars, percussion, voices, bells, and found objects. It should start by 8:30 and be over by 10:00, and I guarantee it will be a lovely time!
Corpus Callosum - Lullaby #2 from Dax Tran-Caffee on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Usually, I am a cyclist or a pedestrian. Never have I owned a car, though for about a year I borrowed one from my family. I can't say that I've had the smallest carbon footprint because I have flown over 200 times so far.  Being above clouds is a familiar sight to me. I took this several weeks ago on the way home from California.

Roger Williams Park is certainly the hidden gem of Providence. It covers more than 400 acres and was landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers over a hundred years ago. (Frederick Law Olmsted the elder was the landscape architect for Central Park in New York City.) I like to visit the Temple to Music, the lakes, the Botanical Center, the Japanese Garden, the Museum of Natural History, the carousel, and the stables for the police horses. I took this photo there recently. 
especially enjoy throwing sticks into the lakes when the surfaces are at least partially frozen because it can produce a good fake laser sound, like a tightly- stretched  spring reverberating inside a tube. 
Lately I am elated about actualizing a couple dreams. One has to do with music, and one has to do with a lasercutter. You'll hear more about it soon.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fireworks and Honeysuckle

July Fourth in New York

Booming mortar ignitions 
black powder combusting 
rolling thunderous echoes
shooting sounds, sounds like shooting. 

inconsistent hammering 
walking on bubble wrap
resonating snaps pouring like lead shot 
staccato flashes
loud silence
fading ghosts in every direction

Floating in a sulfurous haze
the bashful, blushed peach of a moon

hidden in plain sight.

To ride in a plane this very day,
below the clouds above here
witness to a neutral war
populated with flowers of light

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Laser- cut diner placemat doodles as prototypes for AS220's 
soon- to- arrive Shopbot!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Some work in Warren

I have a piece on display at the Imago Foundation for the Arts in Warren. My "Swing for singing" is in the "Love in June" show. The swing was recently at AS220's Pop- Up Gallery on Westminster Street in Providence. I really like the direction this piece is going in, and you should check it out if you're nearby. I'll be making a costume to wear when performing on it, eventually. Photos soon.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Textile toys

My niece and nephew turned one yesterday so I made for them some textile playthings.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2 doodles

I just returned from a month in California visiting family, friends, 
digital fabrication spaces, and exhibiting at the Maker Faire. 
Sketchbooks are convenient to work with when traveling. The 
stationary store in the Kinokuniya Mall always yields new drawing 
tools and I like using ballpoint pens in soft, brushy ways. That red 
text above actually says, "Good people disobey bad laws."

Back in Providence, I'm playing around in the shared studio 
downtown. New friend Paul Brazio gave us each storyboarding 
moleskines. I made this image with pencil shavings and tape.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More and bigger

I made another pair of pom pom earrings. To make them yourself, follow the technique demonstrated in my most recent tutorial video, but make some smaller batches of pom poms in a variety of diameters to create a gradient of sizes for the finished jewelry project. To build the earrings just tie the pom poms onto existing hoop earrings utilizing the longer belts that should still be hanging off of each pom pom. If you accidentally cut off the belts, use a needle and thread to securely sew the pom poms to the hoop earring (simply around the metal or plastic.)
Ask questions if you have any! 

A neat reference is the book,  Tassels: The Fanciful Embellishment by Nancy Welch.

Friday, April 27, 2012

A new studio to work in! This one is for animation and collaboration
Flameworked glass and lasercut textiles,
some glass bees, eyes, and beaks for birds

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I'll be exhibiting again at the Bay Area Maker Faire on May 19th and 20th. This will be my tenth Maker Faire! (Six in the Bay, two in New York, one in Austin, and one in Rhode Island!) 
If you're able to go, DO!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

תודה על כל מה שבראת

Follow this link to hear a song I recorded!

In case you didn't know, I like to sing, I like harmonizing, and I like layering vocals. I'm trying to figure out more about recording.

This is part of a Hebrew song I learned in fifth grade. I translate it as:
Thanks for all that's been created.
Thanks for all I have been given:
for the the laugh of a child,
and the blue sky;
for the Earth,
and a warm house;
a corner to sit in,
a woman to love--
because after all
I am alive.

This is how I learned it:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Olivia Horvath and Katrina Clark  invited folks to draw on the walls during last week's Coffee Club as part of their installation in the gallery at 186 Carpenter Street (here in Providence.)

I drew with some super new markers from Texas. That sign was already there.
Hey, Jess.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

More Women on Money

Ballpoint pen, I've been at it again.

Also, these are from a little while ago.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lasercut Textile Class

I'll be teaching another Laser-cut Textiles class at AS220 in Providence on January 21st and 22nd, from noon to 6 on both days! Sign up here, $90 for 12 hours, (just $7.50 an  hour!)

Here's a post about the last class, with some photos!
I laser-cut and hand- sewed these plant forms, and lampworked the glass components.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Jed Shepler of Houston, Texas found lots of beautiful old glass in various archaeological digs, and knapped these splendid arrowheads. I think this is definitely one of the most wonderful things I have ever received in the mail. 

Jed, thank you!