Sunday, April 6, 2014

Work? Display

I am trying to figure out how to display this work. The gallery wants the wood but I am not sure if it should be flat, on the wall, kicked out and hanging.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014


We had a visitor in the lab over spring break. Bin Dixon Ward is a jeweler from Australia that 3D prints all of her work. Her work pushes the tolerance of the 3D printer by making thin interlocking substructures that would be nearly impossible to make by hand.  She uses SLS 3D printing technology to build the work and then hand dyes all of the pieces.  Her work has a playful, whimsical feel being that has a wonderful movement when worn.  It is hard not to play with the work.  The is a lot of complex geometry inspired by map data that adds a level of sophistication and comfort to her work. 

 She happened to be passing through New York on her way to Shanghai and I begged her into doing a little mini presentation in the lab.  

Thank you Bin.  Safe travels.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I am working on a few things while I am stabbing my eyes out at work.  I have never been so busy in my life.  I have fallen behind with craft-tees and lots of other things because of the snow and the makerbot array.  I am getting to a point where I need to consider hiring an assistant or at least find some kind of uber app that will organize everything for me.  I would like to make about four more of these necklaces. There is still a lot more experiments to be done with this beading method.  


Monday, February 17, 2014


Our Sense 3D scanner finally came in.  
Much like the xerox machine.  All I want to do is copy my face.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


So today is the day. I can finally post some images because in a few hours we will be cutting the ribbon on our new makerbot array/innovation center. So many makerbots. There are so many people that helped make all of this happen. From administrators to electricians, it was a HUGE endeavor. 

Last night, we almost made all of them print at the same time (video below).  They are all running just fine, I just thought it would be epic to make them all run at once.  They also look super cool with the lights off.  

I think that this will allow an unprecedented level of access to 3d printing here at SUNY New Paltz.  In just a few short years our little lab has grown by leaps and bounds.  I am happy to help be a part of all of this and I hope this continues to grow.  I also hope all of this translates into a major and we eventually will expand into a larger facility.  

Thank you to Bre Petis, the CEO of makerbot and all of the other people involved.  

Now I have to go to work.  I am sure there will be a line of people outside of the lab today.  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

learning sculptris

In attempt to add to my digital curriculum I have started experimenting with Sculptris (a free hybrid software that utilizes parts of Zbrush).  First things first master the head sculpt.  I am also stalling until Tuesday to post photos of our "Big" announcement.  

I am making slow progress. Mind you these "sculpts" start off as spheres.  I need to make a video.   

Sunday, February 2, 2014


     After being postponed three times the metals department finally had their holiday party.  Jamie Bennett hosted the party and after the hoopla he gave us a tour of his studio.  The last time I had been in Jamie's studio it had just been finished and he was moving all of his stuff in.  This time it was full of work! 

      Every holiday party we do a secret santa. This year I got an incredible handmade copper tankard.  It had a glass lens in the bottom!  I miss hanging out with the metal peeps. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

  More adventures.  

I am actually finding bursts of energy here and there to make some stuff.  Mostly experiments.  Things that I had been meaning to finish up.  We have some incredible things happening at school.  I can't quite talk about it yet but it is kind of big.  I have two commissions, a solo show, two classes, two workshops, one group show and of course the digi lab to manage.  There is a lot on my plate right now.  I am keeping up but just barely.  So far so good.  I will try to keep things going on the blog but it is a stretch.  

  I had this bag of prints sitting on my desk and I finally strung them together.  Also we finally put the last layer of ink on the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow prints. Not too bad.  I still think they need something more.  Good news is we wont run out of spoil boards anytime soon.