Robot Heart Factory

September 21st, 2016

Robot Hearts

Been experimenting with my vacuum former again. I’ve been making more hearts for robots, but this time I’m using plastic plates as my material source. Not only is it very affordable, but also food safe. I could use these for chocolate molds.

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Hereafter Monument

September 8th, 2016

Hereafter Institute Podium

The Hereafter Institute had a great show a few weeks back at LACMA and a great article written by the LA Times. As well as a nice shot of the Hereafter Monument.

The monument is a sleek, slanted, rectangular object, invoking an gravestone. The glass front displays social media data from an encoded vinyl record playing above. Literally, a physical record.

The object is deceptively simple, a lot of technology is stored inside. And was quite a challenging design/build.

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Hereafter Institute Locket - Black Edition

August 24th, 2016

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While we’re on the subject of finishes, I just got this one anodized flat black. It looks great, but it also feels great. Nice work Tru-Tone Metals.

The Hereafter Institute Locket (both Original and Black Editions) will be on display at LACMA this weekend. If you’re in the LA area, check it out.

Tumbling with Brass

August 24th, 2016

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Been experimenting with some different aluminum finishes lately. Got the mirrored finish down pretty good, but I’ve also been tumbling parts with brass screws. Tumbled on left, sanded on right. I really like how old, dirty, and pitted the parts come out.

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Hereafter Institute Locket

August 23rd, 2016

The Hereafter Locket

One of the projects I worked on for the Hereafter Institute is the Locket, a wearable memorial.

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Hereafter Institute

August 23rd, 2016

This summer I’ve been working on some projects for the Hereafter Institute.

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo has launched the Hereafter Institute, where participants will have the opportunity to plan their digital afterlife and learn about the artist’s proposed technological solutions for the preservation of the digital soul.

In a private consultation, the artist and his team will introduce options for digital preservation including 3D body scanning, wearable memorialization, and the embedding of personal data into everyday objects.

If you are in the LA area this weekend, you should check it out.

What a great team, project, and experience.

Shiffman’s Frame

August 23rd, 2016

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Made some frames for a project Dan Shiffman is working on. Some laser cut acrylic, standoffs, a monitor, a Raspberry Pi, and camera. Yes, I know the screen is upside down, we’ll flip it in the software.

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Turning Pine

July 18th, 2016

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Pine wood was pretty much the first “serious” material I ever really worked with. But I haven’t done anything with pine for years. I got my hands on some large logs of pine, from a tree that fell during Sandy, and figured I’d turn some lamps.

The pine is very soft and had a lot of tear out, but I really liked the grain patterns. I think a finish is really going to make it pop.

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Moiré Pattern Clock

July 5th, 2016

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Made a quick prototype for a clock mechanism powered Moire Pattern kinetic sculpture. Laser cut some cardboard (back of a yellow legal pad), painted it black and white, fitted it to an off the shelf clock mechanism.

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Utility Belt Workshop

June 8th, 2016

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I taught a utility belt making workshop with Kate Hartman the other day. A lot of fun.

First step is actually make a belt: strap, buckle, clip, tri-glide, and do a little sewing. Next, we’ll add electronics and gadgets.

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Weave Through Tri Glide

Buckle and Clip