Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The end is here!

So the semester is over. Marathon finals. Four, eight hour critiques in a row! Grades have been submitted but the work is not over. We have our J&M Triennial exhibition. I am busy designing displays, table legs, projector mounts etc. I am also trying to finish up a few bracelets for a design show and I am working on packaging (any input would be great).  I am making a limited run of these silver cuffs (all different) and they need fancy packaging. The window is tight. They need to be done in a few weeks so there is no time for custom printing/die cutting.  

The holiday season is here which is good and bad.  Bad, because we have to drive....a lot. Good, because it is forcing me to stop working. I am a work-a-holic.  I need a break.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Nervous System

A trip to Boston would not be complete without a trip to the Nervous System.  Jessica and Jessie were gracious to give us a tour of their shop. They are having an open studio next weekend (December 5th).  For some reason I thought it was this weekend. I will just have to go again!  It is hard to have a conversation in the space because there are so many amazing things just sitting around on shelves. I wanted to touch it all!!!

I got to lay my hands on a few pieces that I had only seen in photos. The dress was a lot more robust that I thought.  It was also great to see their samples for the New Balance shoes. The geometry for the midsole pattern is based on pressure data.  It is really great to touch these things. The material the sole is being printed feels and reacts just like the foam from a normal sneaker. It will be interesting to see it this moves the industry to create custom sneaks based on your foot.

I didn't get a photo of it but their shipping/packaging area is impressive! I am a big nerd when it comes to good graphics/inserts/packaging.  I love their specimen jars and the black boxes. 

It feels just like yesterday when I had them do a Skype lecture for my digi fab class in 2009 at SUNY New Paltz.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Minimal to Bling.

On the flip side the Society of Arts and Crafts had a great interactive jewelry exhibition.  The format of the work was amazing where visitors were strongly encouraged to try on and interact with the work. Once adorned or purchased visitors had their portraits taken wearing the work and those photos were added to the exhibition. It was a great way to get personal with work that would normally be under glass. Some of the highlights for me were Tom Hill's new wood work, Emily Rogstad, Raissa Bump, Mallory Weston and Kate Furman.  This is SAC's last exhibition before moving into a new space.