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"Situated on historic Museum Row since 1965, the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is an invaluable contributor to Los Angeles culture, exhibiting current artists with intriguing perspectives and distinctive practices. CAFAM offers consistently unexpected exhibitions of compelling work that takes traditional techniques in new, often surprising directions. Exploring the leading edge of craft, art, and design, CAFAM gives audience to diverse makers and artists whose work is often not represented in larger art institutions.

CAFAM is special because it is a place to both see art and make art. Tying into exhibitions, CAFAM coordinates a robust roster of hands-on workshops led by professional artists and instructors. The museum is a place where friends and families come to spark creativity, appreciate more fully what it means to craft something by hand, and feel how satisfying that can be. CAFAM enjoys collaborating with community organizations throughout Los Angeles to draw artists and crafters from across the city together for work on group projects and for special events. It’s impossible to guess what extraordinary thing you will find here next.

This extends to the CAFAM Shop, which features an expertly curated, ever-shifting array of beautiful handmade items from skilled artisans. The intimate, atypical museum space and independent spirit at CAFAM combine to create an atmosphere of genuine excitement and delight, where people in Los Angeles deepen their relationships to art, creativity, and one another. Step inside, and become a part of what’s happening at CAFAM."
museums  losangeles  art  craft  crafts 
august 2017 by robertogreco
About — Nanette Sullano
"Nanette Sullano has been weaving her signature burden baskets and bowls for eight years, working as a designer since 2000, and is the owner of the gender-neutral online vintage shop for kids, Born and raised in Los Angeles, her interest in the native California people and flora have greatly informed her work and teachings. As a teacher, her workshops incorporate her practice of non-violent, empathic based communication along with ritual in honoring the plants and the land from which materials are gathered. In addition to her own workshops, Nanette is available to teach private classes and retreats, nationwide and abroad. Her weavings can be commissioned or purchased as made."
art  artists  california  baskets  craft  crafts  losangeles 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Field Experiments
"Field Experiments is a nomadic design collective that explores traditional crafts by engaging in collaborative making with local craftspeople in diverse regions around the world. Underpinned by cross-cultural exchange, we produce projects, products and ideas across multiple formats including furniture, clothing, video works, publications, exhibitions, interiors, installation and printed materials."

"Field Experiments is Benjamin Harrison Bryant, Karim Charlebois-Zariffa and Paul Marcus Fuog. Under the collective Field Experiments they create their own exploratory work and are commissioned by others to create new projects and collaborative product ranges.

Field Experiments was established in 2013. Outcomes from FE: Indonesia have been shown at Ventura Lambrate (ITA), Sight Unseen OFFSITE (USA) and DesignEx (AUS) in 2014. Field Experiments gives presentations and conducts workshops to share learnings on exploratory modes for experimental research. Past presentations / workshops include: Semi-Permanent (NZ), Monash University Art Design and Architecture (AUS) Design As Activity (AUS)."
benjaminharrisonbryant  paulmarcusfuog  karimcharlebois-zariffa  design  indonesia  clothing  furniture  art  video  making  collaboratives  craft  crafts  cocreation 
july 2016 by robertogreco
How textiles revolutionised technology – Virginia Postrel – Aeon
"Older than bronze and as new as nanowires, textiles are technology — and they have remade our world time and again"

"In February 1939, Vogue ran a major feature on the fashions of the future. Inspired by the soon-to-open New York World’s Fair, the magazine asked nine industrial designers to imagine what the people of ‘a far Tomorrow’ might wear and why. (The editors deemed fashion designers too of-the-moment for such speculations.) A mock‑up of each outfit was manufactured and photographed for a lavish nine-page colour spread.

You might have seen some of the results online: an evening dress with a see-through net top and strategically placed swirls of gold braid, for instance, or a baggy men’s jumpsuit with a utility belt and halo antenna. Bloggers periodically rediscover a British newsreel of models demonstrating the outfits while a campy narrator (‘Oh, swish!’) makes laboured jokes. The silly get‑ups are always good for self-satisfied smirks. What dopes those old-time prognosticators were!

The ridicule is unfair. Anticipating climate-controlled interiors, greater nudity, more athleticism, more travel and simpler wardrobes, the designers actually got a lot of trends right. Besides, the mock‑ups don’t reveal what really made the predicted fashions futuristic. Looking only at the pictures, you can’t detect the most prominent technological theme.

‘The important improvements and innovations in clothes for the World of Tomorrow will be in the fabrics themselves,’ declared Raymond Loewy, one of the Vogue contributors. His fellow visionaries agreed. Every single one talked about textile advances. Many of their designs specified yet-to-be-invented materials that could adjust to temperature, change colour or be crushed into suitcases without wrinkling. Without exception, everyone foretelling the ‘World of Tomorrow’ believed that an exciting future meant innovative new fabrics.

They all understood something we’ve largely forgotten: that textiles are technology, more ancient than bronze and as contemporary as nanowires. We hairless apes co-evolved with our apparel. But, to reverse Arthur C Clarke’s adage, any sufficiently familiar technology is indistinguishable from nature. It seems intuitive, obvious – so woven into the fabric of our lives that we take it for granted.

We drag out heirloom metaphors – ‘on tenterhooks’, ‘tow-headed’, ‘frazzled’ – with no idea that we’re talking about fabric and fibres. We repeat threadbare clichés: ‘whole cloth’, ‘hanging by a thread’, ‘dyed in the wool’. We catch airline shuttles, weave through traffic, follow comment threads. We talk of lifespans and spin‑offs and never wonder why drawing out fibres and twirling them into thread looms so large in our language."

"As late as the 1970s, textiles still enjoyed the aura of science. Since then, however, we’ve stopped thinking of them as a technical achievement. In today’s popular imagination, fabric entirely belongs to the frivolous world of fashion. Even in the pages of Vogue, ‘wearable technology’ means electronic gadgets awkwardly tricked out as accessories, not the soft stuff you wear against your skin – no matter how much brainpower went into producing it. When we imagine economic progress, we no longer think about cloth, or even the machines that make it.

This cultural amnesia has multiple causes. The rise of computers and software as the very definition of ‘high technology’ eclipsed other industries. Intense global competition drove down prices of fibres and fabric, making textiles and apparel a less noticeable part of household budgets, and turning textile makers into unglamorous, commodity businesses. Environmental campaigns made synthetic a synonym for toxic. And for the first time in human history, generations of women across the developed world grew up without learning the needle arts."

"Textiles illustrate a more general point about technology. The more advanced a field is, the more blasé we are about its latest upgrades. Success breeds indifference. We still expect Moore’s Law to hold, but we no longer get excited about the latest microprocessor. The public has largely forgotten the silicon in Silicon Valley.

New and improved fabric technologies haven’t attracted public enthusiasm since the backlash against leisure suits and disco shirts made synthetics declassé in the early 1980s. ‘Pity poor polyester. People pick on it,’ wrote The Wall Street Journal’s Ronald Alsop in 1982, describing DuPont’s efforts to rehabilitate the fibre’s image.

What ended the consumer hatred of polyester wasn’t a marketing campaign. It was a quiet series of technical innovations: the development of microfibres. These are synthetics, most often polyester or nylon, that are thinner than silk and incredibly soft, as well as lightweight, strong, washable and quick-drying. Their shapes can be engineered to control how water vapour and heat pass through the fabric or to create microcapsules to add sunscreen, antimicrobial agents or insect repellent. Over the past decade, microfibres have become ubiquitous; they’re found in everything from wickable workout wear to supersoft plush toys.

Microfibres are one reason the ‘air-conditioned’ fabrics Loewy and his fellow designers foresaw in 1939 have finally come to pass. These fabrics just aren’t promoted in the pages of Vogue or highlighted on the racks at Banana Republic. They don’t attract attention during New York Fashion Week. Their tribe gathers instead at the big Outdoor Retailer trade shows held twice a year in Salt Lake City. There, outdoor-apparel makers and their suppliers tout textiles that keep wearers warm in the cold and cool in the heat; that block raindrops but allow sweat to escape; that repel insects, screen out UV rays and control odour. By establishing that truly weather-resistant fabrics were possible, Gore-Tex (first sold in 1976) and Polartec synthetic fleece (1979) created an industry where engineers now vie to find ever-better ways to conquer the elements. For instance, ‘smart textiles’ originally developed for spacesuits use microencapsulated materials that melt when they get hot, keeping wearers comfortable by absorbing body heat; when temperatures fall, the materials solidify and warm the body."

"Reducing textiles to their functional properties misses much of their appeal, however. They’ve always been decorative as well, a source of sensory pleasure going all the way back to the sexy string skirts worn by Stone Age women. That’s why dyes have been so important in the history of chemistry and trade.

In our computer-centric era, the pursuit of beautiful textiles has naturally turned to information technology. Over the past decade, inkjet printing on fabric has taken off. Instead of requiring a separate plate for each colour, digital printing registers the entire design at once. So for the first time, designers can use as many colours, and as varied patterns, as they choose. Although it currently accounts for less than 5 per cent of printed fabrics, digital printing has already changed the way clothes look. It’s the technology driving the colourful prints so prominent in recent women’s fashion, as well as the crowdsourced design sites Threadless and Spoonflower.

The customers who’ve embraced those designs don’t think much about what makes them possible. But the very invisibility of textiles testifies to their power. We think of them as natural. The instinct behind ‘wearable technology’ is sound, even if the products so far are awkward. ‘Imagine a textile structured from a blend of different fibres which each function as component within a circuit, for example, battery fibres, solar fibres and antenna fibres,’ writes the US fashion technologist Amanda Parkes in an op-ed for the website Business of Fashion. ‘The material itself becomes a self-sustaining “textile circuit” that has its own power and interactive capabilities, but the embedded technology is essentially invisible.’

If the goal is to shrink the distance between nature and artifice, us and it, no technology is as powerful as fabric. Intimate and essential, it touches every moment of our lives. It is among the greatest products of human artifice. Yet it is also an extension of our skin."
textiles  glvo  virginiapostrel  history  clothing  crafts  culture  technology  2015  wearables  materials  industrialrevolution  fashion  craft  dyes  machines  printing  science  adamsmith  raymondloewy  arthurcclarke  dupont  synthetics  fabrics  fabric  elizabethbarber  williampetty  davidorban  josephmariejacquard  weaving  looms  knitting  spinning  craigmuldrew  jameshargreaves  richardarkwright  beverlylemire  samuelcrompton  1939  vogue  microfibres  gore-tex  polartec  ministryofsupply  mizzenandmain  yicui  materialsscience  threadless  spoonflower  amandaparkes  future  making  cv 
june 2015 by robertogreco
The Craftsman, the Trickster, and the Poet, by Edith Ackermann [.pdf]
"I suggest that art as a way of knowing is about “re-souling” the rational mind. This, in turn,occurs as a consequence of being mindfully engaged, playful in spirit, and disposed to usection—or the powers of myth—as windows into our inner and outer realities. Here, I of-fer a few thoughts on how people make sense of their experience, envision alternatives intheir minds, and most importantly, how they bring forth what they envision in ways thatcan move and inspire others (those at the receiving end of a creator’s oerings)."

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"The craftsman, the trickster, and the poet are emblematic of the creative side in all of us: a deeply-felt reluctance to freeze the nuances of human experience into set categories, or representations, that rid themselves of the imaginal for the sake of proof or "reason". The artist sticks to the image. And that is why s/he captures our imagination. When art is "true", we know how to read between the lines! What the poet especially warns us against is to look at words as signs (instead of symbols, or indices),: “As we manipulate everyday words, we [shouldn’t] forget that they are fragments of ancient stories, that we are building our houses with broken pieces of sculptures and ruined statues of goad as the barbarians did” (Schultz, 1993. p. 88). The scientist instead is more of a Saussurian. He wants words to be signs, and he cringes when their meanings are “sticky” (fused to their contexts), “thick” (polysemic), or ambiguous (could be seen in more than one way). As for he rationalist in us: s/he wont seek to delight, amuse, or move us (spark insights). Instead, s/he’s here to reason, argue, and prove (provide evidence)!"

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poetry  poets  crafts  craftmanship  trickster  editchackermann  mindfulness  2011  art  artists  creativity  science  stickiness  reason  imagination  beginnersmind  neoteny  play  playfulness  richardsennett  ellenlanger  georgsimmel  jesters  clowns  bricolage  gastonbachelard  making  piaget  ernstcassirer  mending  tinkering  jeanpiaget 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Circuit Stickers | Crowd Supply
"Circuit stickers are peel-and-stick electronics for crafting circuits. Use them to add electronics to any sticker-friendly surface: paper, fabric, plastic, the sky's the limit!"
electronics  stickers  edg  srg  glvo  crafts  circuits 
november 2013 by robertogreco
Oregon College of Art and Craft
"Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC), a principal center for education, dialogue, and the mastery of contemporary Craft, is dedicated to excellence in teaching art through Craft. Founded in 1907 by Julia Hoffman as the Arts and Crafts Society to educate the public on the value of art and craft in daily life, OCAC today is committed to studio practice as making with materials in a sophisticated conceptual framework.

OCAC is a private, independent, non-profit college offering the Master of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and two certificate programs in Craft, as well as continuing education for adults and classes and workshops for youth. An integral part of the Portland ethos of the hand-made and sustainable, the OCAC campus, nestled in the West Hills, features the new LEED Silver Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography and Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson Thesis Buildings as the result of a $14.7 million dollar capital and endowment campaign. For more than three decades, OCAC has attracted nationally and internationally recognized artists, makers and thinkers to Portland through the robust and diverse Artists-in–Residence program, annual lecture series, and Hoffman Gallery exhibitions."
oregon  portland  art  education  residencies  glvo  ocac  craft  crafts  arts 
august 2013 by robertogreco
The straightforward logic of "A Handbook of California Design" makes it the first step in discovering (or rediscovering) two generations of makers.: Observatory: Design Observer
"Obviously a number of the names I just mentioned are those of women. By framing their compendium as on "craftspeople, designers, manufacturers" the museum also easily includes a large percentage of women, working across the design fields, both in partnerships and alone. Ray Eames, the best known of these female California designers, was not as exceptional as we might have initially thought, though her work always will be. I only recently found out about Victor Gruen's wide, Elsie Krummeck Crawford, who worked with Gruen on iconic retail projects like Joseph Magnin and Barton's Bonbonniere, and later designed public sculpture, textiles, toys and seating planters for Architectural Fiberglass. Marget Larsen, another name new to me, also did some amazing advertising and supergraphic work. It isn't just the women, either, that broaden the range of design histories included here. There is a biography of Marion Sampler, the longtime head of the graphics department at Victor Gruen Associates, who happens to have been African American. And one for Carlos Diniz, an architectural delineator who may actually be the reason we remember work by Gruen, Yamasaki, Gehry, SOM, and many others. (I will admit, I have never made deep study of California design, and some of these names and facts will be better known to others.)

Many of the designers and craftspeople mentioned in the Handbook were familiar to me through commerce rather than study. Everyone knows, and hence knows the price of, work by the Eameses. But Kenji Fujita, La Gardo Tackett and Architectural Pottery, Jade Snow Wong, were only known to me because I follow the hashtag #thriftbreak on Twitter. I've written about this virtual community before, as I am continuously impressed by their ability to pick museum-quality modernism out of the HomeGoods detritus of Goodwills, Savers, and tag sales. They know about these lesser-known talents because pieces and sets are still out there for the picking, particularly on the West Coast. While many on #thriftbreak will surely want to buy this book, they may be graitified to hear that most of the listed artists are illustrated by portraits. Finding all of those portraits is an accomplishment -- Tigerman offers special thanks to the photo research of Staci Steinberger in her acknolwedgements -- but it would have been nice to have images of the products alongside some of the portraits. After a while I began Googling each person whose biography interested me, to see whether what they made was as intriguing."

"Overall, the Handbook is a must-buy for those interested in mid-century design, and a model of the kind of scholarship and publishing that leads to less forgetting, and more knowledge, of the accomplishments of all kinds of designers."
books  toread  california  design  alexandralange  2013  modernism  crafts  rayeames  eames  victorgruen  elsiekrummeckcrawford  josephmagnin  carlosdiniz  kenjifujita  lagardotackett  architecturalpottery  architecture  jadesnowwong  #thriftbreak  stacisteinberger  pacificstandartime  losangeles  bobbyetigerman  irmabloom  dorothyliebes  lanettescheeline  herbertmatter  henrydreyfuss  lacma  strothermacminn  marionsampler  margetlarsen 
july 2013 by robertogreco
Folkstreams » The Best of American Folklore Films
"A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites."
folk  folkstreams  us  video  documentary  americanrootscultures  culture  filmmaking  crafts  craft  folkart  glvo  archives  references 
june 2013 by robertogreco
Storefront workshop pushes DIY craft-making for the holidays | 89.3 KPCC
"The brainchild of artists Kyle Hollingsworth and Renee Ridgeley, Hand on 3rd is a workshop and creative space where people could come together and create. The shop offers hands-on training for crafts and arts of all sorts -- from sewing to mosaics -- and a place for like-minded aspiring craftspeople can meet and hash out new projects."

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2010  diy  making  reneeridgeley  kylehollingsworth  workshops  losangeles  sewing  crafts  handson  glvo 
february 2012 by robertogreco
designswarm thoughts » I make things: mapping the creative industries
"As I work my way through my notes on the event, I also wanted to start to unpick who was using the word “make” and what they were making. This is a first stab and not really about creating collaborative connections yet. I might also be missing some things, do let me know. In this, I think we can see where the “creative industries” overlap and therefore where skill sets overlap. This also proves perhaps that one should be quite careful with using any one term. Designer, artists, engineer…when you look close enough, can become one and the same."
mapping  maps  web  software  video  film  developers  engineers  hacking  crafts  craft  engineering  marloestenbhomer  adrianbowyer  brepettis  glvo  creativity  design  alexandradeschamps-sonsino  making  make 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Victoria and Albert Museum - Patchwork: Pattern Maker
"Welcome to the Victoria and Albert Museum Patchwork Pattern Maker. Using these pages, you will be able to upload any image and convert it instantly into your own, personalised quilt pattern. Let creativity be your guide."
sewing  quilting  design  crafts  patterns  quiltmaking  glvo  projectideas  software  patternmaking  images 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine
"The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.

The unique experience to be found at Haystack is owed to the combination of internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused studio time, the exploration of other art forms including music, poetry and dance, a diverse student body, and an award-winning campus. Students live, eat and work at the school, and studios remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over the past 50 years, the school has created international workshops and conferences, innovative sessions for high school students and local residents, a visiting artist’s program, scholarship opportunities, and more. Haystack continues to evolve with the interests and ideas of those who visit here."
art  education  crafts  maine  schools  craft 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Symposia at Haystack
"Haystack has taken a leadership role in examining the role of craft in our society. Haystack began the invitational symposia in 2002. The goal is to address issues related to the hand and craft making within a broader context of other disciplines. Past symposia have included Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand (2002), in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, Craft and Design: Hand, Mind, and the Creative Process (2004), in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Craft and Community: Sustaining Place (2006) and Creating in Maine: Makers, Manufacturers, and Materials (2006 - 2008). The symposium is an intimate scale—there are sixty-five participants including presenters."
maine  haystack  art  crafts  craft  symposia 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Maine Arts Commission
"The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state's cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.<br />
To carry out this mission, which is drawn from the Maine Art Commission's enabling legislation, the agency will support programs and partnerships that:<br />
engender a cooperative environment within the arts field that results in more efficient delivery of programs and services;further the goals of the state as articulated by its elected leadership, advancing the arts through activities in such areas as technology, education, and the economy;have the potential to change lives by giving people of all ages the opportunity to come into meaningful contact with artists and art-making; and…"
maine  grants  culture  art  arts  glvo  crafts 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Food as fine art | PRI's The World
"The answer is Chia, about 45 minutes north of Bogota. Anchor Marco Werman takes us to a restaurant [Carne de Res] in Chia where owner Andres Jaramillo has transformed food and entertainment planning into a fine art. " [Includes slideshow of the restaurant, the design office, the workshop, etc.]

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colombia  restaurants  food  andrésjaramillo  art  crafts  chia  bogotá  carnederes 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Rare Device / good stuff for you and your home / San Francisco
"Rare Device is, simply, good stuff for you & your home. Rena Tom, the founder, is a former jewelry & graphic designer who loves design. She was so inspired by all of the fabulous, creative designers she met along the way, both in person & online, that she decided she had to share her discoveries, & she opened Rare Device in Brooklyn in October 2005. The webshop opened in December of that year &, combined with a lively & generally topical blog, has developed into its own microcosm of design.

The storefront is a place to promote designers, artists & artisans plus help them grow by taking on new projects & collaborations. Every object in the store has its own story, & has been chosen because it is either handmade, well-designed, useful, beautiful or all of the above. The aesthetic is modern & quirky while remaining warm & inviting - design that is accessible to all. Influences range from comic book art to entropy in nature, laser-etching to hand-lettering to nautical lore."
sanfrancisco  nyc  lisacongdon  craft  brooklyn  clothing  gifts  furniture  art  design  crafts  glvo  shopping  boutique 
september 2010 by robertogreco
A Collection a Day, 2010
"This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (& occasionally paint) one collection. Most of the collections are real & exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint.

Since I was a young girl, I have been obsessed both with collecting and with arranging, organizing and displaying my collections. This is my attempt to document my collections, both the real & the imagined. Some of my collections are so large that I will need to photograph them separately over several days. I will likely not attempt to photograph collections in which the individual pieces are large in size or awkward in shape (i.e. my art collection or vintage enamel dishware collection). The only rule is that I must photograph or draw a whole or part of a collection each day for 365 days and post the result here on this blog."
collecting  collections  2010  ephemera  photography  illustration  lisacongdon  vintage  blogs  crafts  art  design  daily  projects  classideas 
august 2010 by robertogreco
David Byrne's Journal: 05.29.10: Arts ’n’ Crafts
"artists who work in certain materials have, for decades, usually had trouble being taken seriously as fine artists. Glassblowers, ceramicists, textile workers, furniture makers &, until a few decades ago, photographers were all not usually welcome in fine art galleries or the museums that show fine art… unless it was a show dedicated to only ceramics, for example.

There were exceptions, but until quite recently those were rare. If we ignore Duchamp, whose work implied that anything could be art if he said it was, the restrictions have held firm, though photography broke the barrier first in a big way.


Part of this snobbish attitude goes back to the Renaissance. In order for painters to separate themselves from the various craft guilds, & establish their own worth, they had to form the idea that expression, concept and idea were worth at least (and maybe more, in their opinion) as much as skilled craftsmanship..."
crafts  davidbyrne  photography  art  glvo  ceramics  textiles  cv  snobbery  artworld  glass  furniture  renaissance  history  guilds  galleries  apprenticeships 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Make Your Own Moleskine-Like-Notebook
"Your very own Moleskine-like-notebook/journal/sketchbook. The one we'll be making is 3.5 x 5.5 x .5 inches. I use this size because it fits nicely into my back or front pants pocket. Strangely enough it is also the same size as the Moleskine notebook. For the pages we'll be using 20# bond paper (the same paper you use in your copier and inkjet printer). As you might have noticed in the dimensions, the notebook is a half-inch thick. This gives you 192 single pages of writing/sketching/painting fun. For the cover we'll use vinyl Naugahyde (that's what I use but feel free to use whatever you have on hand). After we're through I'll offer a list of enhancements and alternative ways to make your notebook/journal/sketchbook to meet your individual needs.

Don't be put off by the many steps involved. This really is a simple project using common materials and tools. Almost anyone can do it."
via:migurski  art  book  bookbinding  moleskine  notebooks  howto  gtd  lifehacks  tutorial  tutorials  make  books  crafts  design  diy  papercraft  papernet  paper  projects  srg  glvo  tcsnmy 
may 2010 by robertogreco
GetRobo Blog English: Marriage of Robotics with Handicraft
"Engineer and electronics shop owner Osamu Iwasaki who's been building robots for some time is currently interested in using "soft material" for his machines. His newest work is the RoboKnit which is a collaboration with Hanakomet who did the knitting. A little while ago, Iwasaki-san worked with textile artist Tomoco Mouri to make the Kinetic Quilt. He used a Lilypad Arduino, one $12 servo motor and piano wire and it took him about an hour to build this. ... So why combine handicraft with robotics? People's reactions to these kinds of robots is what motivates Iwasaki-san. The RoboKnit is "Cute!" and many children gathered around when he was filming the video at the park. On the other hand, the general impression of the Kinetic Quilt was "Creepy~~." "If they were just made of motors and metal, people would've reacted differently. I'm curious to find out what kind of movements and structure make people react in certain ways," he says."
glvo  crafts  edg  srg  robots  knitting  quilting  arduino  lilypad  roboknit 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Paper plane enthusiast sets flight record | World news |
"Toda has established himself as the world's foremost folder of paper planes, an obsession that now has him setting his sights on the final frontier. Last year he and fellow enthusiast Shinji Suzuki, an aeronautical engineer and professor at Tokyo University, announced plans to have about 100 of their paper planes launched by a Japanese astronaut on board the international space station, 250 miles above Earth.

The 30cm planes, made from heat-resistant paper treated with silicon, survived temperatures of 250C and wind speeds of mach 7 ‑ seven times the speed of sound ‑ during testing. But the attempt was postponed after the pair acknowledged it would be all but impossible to track them during their week-long journey to Earth, assuming any of them survived the searing descent."
technology  science  airplanes  papercraft  engineering  crafts  space 
december 2009 by robertogreco
The Fixer's Collective
"The Fixers' Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending that grew out of the yearlong exhibition at Proteus Gowanus entitled MEND. The Collective meets every Thursday evening from 6-9 pm at Proteus Gowanus.

We place broken objects on our large, common fixing table for collective consideration and share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us. Our skilled Master Fixers provide support and guidance as needed. For a $5 donation, you can get help fixing your broken thing OR you can sign up to become a Fixers Apprentice* for free and earn your Fixers Apprentice Badge!"
sustainability  diy  green  nyc  brooklyn  repair  crafts  experiment  community  lcproject  repairing  proteusgowanus 
october 2009 by robertogreco
The Toaster Project
""Left to his own devices he couldn’t build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that was it." Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams, 1992" ... "I'm Thomas Thwaites and I'm trying to build a toaster, from scratch - beginning by mining the raw materials and ending with a product that Argos sells for only £3.99. A toaster. After some research I have determined that I will need the following materials to make a toaster. Copper, to make the pins of the electric plug, the cord, and internal wires. Iron to make the steel grilling apparatus, and the spring to pop up the toast. Nickel to make the heating element. Mica (a mineral a bit like slate) around which the heating element is wound, and of course plastic for the plug and cord insulation, and for the all important sleek looking casing. The first four of these materials are dug out of the ground, and plastic is derived from oil, which is generally sucked up through a hole."
design  technology  art  culture  economics  humor  diy  hardware  capitalism  manufacturing  consumption  toaster  appliances  industry  artifacts  crafts  toasters 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Sewing Patterns, Tutorials, Skills, Projects – For People Who Sew |
"destination for do-it-yourself style...a virtual sewing circle, an open-source hub of ideas, expertise, and amazing patterns you can download & sew at home. We want you to learn something new every time you visit BurdaStyle. We want this website to inspire you...we want you to get involved: We're offering our ideas, expertise and downloadable patterns to the BurdaStyle community, and we hope that you'll contribute, too. There are many ways to be a part of BurdaStyle. Discuss sewing tricks and fixes with members of the BurdaStyle community. Add your sewing term definitions to the ones in our Sewpedia, or check out tips in our user-generated photo and video How Tos. Explore other users' creations in the Gallery, and upload photos of your own. You can even barter or sell what you make through BurdaStyle: Burda is the first established pattern publisher to release its designs without copyrights, allowing members of the public to market their BurdaStyle creations in limited editions."
burda  burdastyle  sewing  glvo  sharing  opensource  clothing  fashion  diy  howto  tutorials  patterns  craft  creativity  community  social  design  handmade  fabric  crafts 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Bientôt Demain : le slow design au quotidien
"Le processus du Slow Design est complet, détaillé, holistique, poussé, respecté et mûrement réfléchi. Il permet l'évolution et le développement des résultats de la conception. Il appartient aux domaines public et professionnel et insiste sur l'importance de démocratiser le processus de conception en englobant un grand nombre de participants."
slow  slowdesign  design  blogs  environment  green  art  crafts  french  clothing  sustainability 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Mingei International Museum
"revealing the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. Explore Southern California's largest and richest collection of mingei – art of the people."
sandiego  museums  art  crafts  glvo  folkart  design 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Clive Thompson on How DIYers Just Might Revive American Innovation
"Notably, all this is happening outside our broken educational system. America is healing itself at the grass roots — rediscovering the mental joy of making things and rearming itself with mechanical skills."
diy  education  make  autodidacts  learning  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  gamechanging  clivethompson  us  innovation  creativity  culture  design  crafts  future  society 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Graffiti Research Lab » LED Throwies
"LED Throwies are an inexpensive way to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood. A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together. Throw it up high and in quantity to impress your frie
graffiti  howto  kids  projects  tutorial  video  crafts  diy  make  studentprojects  electronics  fun  color 
january 2008 by robertogreco
LED Throwies - Instructables - DIY, How To, art, tech
"Developed by the Graffiti Research Lab a division of the Eyebeam R&D OpenLab, LED Throwies are an inexpensive way to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood. A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-eart
graffiti  howto  kids  projects  tutorial  video  crafts  diy  make  studentprojects  electronics  fun  color 
january 2008 by robertogreco
TED | Talks | J.J. Abrams: The mystery box (video)
"traces his love of unseen mystery -- heart of Alias, Lost, and the upcoming Cloverfield -- back to its own magical beginnings, which may/not include an early obsession with magic, the love of supportive grandfather, or his own unopened Mystery Box."
jjabrams  lost  storytelling  mystery  technology  television  tv  creativity  discovery  ideas  writing  learning  crafts  craft  making  engineering  howthingswork  curiosity  stories  narrative  children  lcproject  unschooling  education  magic  glvo  democracy  consumer  consumergenerated  content  film  imagination 
january 2008 by robertogreco
HobbyPrincess: Draft Craft Manifesto
"I’ve been trying to pin down what is driving the increasing popularity of crafting for a while now. This is what I’ve got so far"
activism  crafts  craft  diy  manifestos  making  make  sustainability  society  skills  selfpublishing  hobbies  hacks  hacking  community  gadgets  fun  gamechanging  trends  interaction  opensource  longtail  glvo  build  design  culture  creativity  create  howto  self-publishing 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Big Cartel » Bringing the Art to the Cart
"Big Cartel helps you create a shop to sell your goods online with as little fuss as possible."
art  business  shopping  stores  glvo  ecommerce  crafts 
november 2007 by robertogreco
The C**** Word -
"But look beyond the parameters of history, process and material to the realms of expression and function, and the issue of identity gets knottier. Simply put, what is craft’s relationship to art and design when their boundaries are becoming ever more p
craft  art  crafts  glvo  definitions  debate  trends  bubble 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Swap Meet 2.0: Selling Handmade Goods Online
"in the past couple of years, new online marketplace startups targeted specifically at the needs of independent artists and crafts people have emerged. Below we'll take a brief look at three such startups as well as eBay."
handmade  marketing  glvo  business  online  shopping  products  ecommerce  design  art  etsy  crafts  ebay 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Indie Craft Shows: your guide to craft events
"your connection to crafting events of all sorts, all over the globe! ICS is a user-driven calendar of craft shows, trunk shows, festivals, any anywhere else you can buy or sell totally awesome handmade goods. Best of all, it's completely FREE to list an
calendar  crafts  events  handmade  glvo  reference  directory  business 
november 2007 by robertogreco
"Ponoko is the world's first personal manufacturing platform. It's the online space for a community of creators and consumers to use a global network of digital manufacturing hardware to co-create, make and trade individualized product ideas on demand."
design  manufacturing  ponoko  networking  objects  business  internet  personal  printing  shopping  spimes  technology  platform  industry  glvo  fabrication  crowdsourcing  customization  construction  crafts  creation  entrepreneurship  engineering  diy  services  inventions  make  invention  personalization  socialnetworking  prototype  products  global 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Made From Scratch Model Airplane — AfriGadget Archive
"Phillip Isohe is a metal fabricator in the jua kali, non-traditional industrial sector, in Kenya. In his spare time he builds models of airplanes and buses. This seems to be an extension of what many of us did while growing up in Africa - building wire,
africa  art  creativity  crafts  airplanes 
july 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » HASSAK - Magnificent Rubber Stamps
"For today, PingMag is visiting the special exhibition of Tokyo-based artist Tomoko Kataoka who was pleased to tell us all about her refined art business called HASSAK Rubber Stamp."
japan  rubberstamps  stamping  design  crafts  art  pingmag 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Etsy: A Site for Artisans Takes Off
"As Etsy's online marketplace for handmade items nears its second anniversary, the site is making money and thinking global"
art  artists  design  diy  shopping  crafts  etsy  glvo  handmade  make 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Into the Fold
"Physicist Robert Lang has taken the ancient art of origami to new dimensions"
origami  design  physics  math  japan  crafts  culture  robertlang 
june 2007 by robertogreco
New York Design Week 2007 : Steak Zombies
"Steak Zombies, an Exquisite Corpse-inspired collaborative design workshop involving people sketching various parts of craft puppets (blind to what previous and next participants would add), then crafting them into actual puppets"
collaborative  collaboration  design  pluch  toys  puppets  crafts  glvo 
may 2007 by robertogreco
A Ervilha Cor de Rosa: <i>neighbourhood</i>
"uma compilação de imagens de vários bonecos construídos a partir de formas básicas num exercício de cadavre exquis, fotografados nas suas várias fases"
crafts  art  design  dolls  glvo  books  quieroser 
january 2007 by robertogreco
HobbyPrincess: New project: Social Objects
"aims to build and test simple service concepts for labeling, bookmarking and communicating around design, art and craft objects"
design  sharing  social  research  thinglink  nfc  nearfield  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  glvo  bookmarks  communication  conversation  art  crafts  community 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Crease Patterns
"The origami crease pattern has an ancient history, going back to the very beginnings of origami itself. Before there were step-by-step diagrams, there were crease patterns, which served, variously, as a guide to the folder, and as decorative item form in itself. Even today, the fold-dyed paper known as itajime-washi reveals its initial crease pattern whether folded, flat, or however used. Today, however, they provide a glimpse into the mind of the origami creator, whether you are an origami artist seeking to replicate (or approximate, or build upon, or go beyond) another's work, or simply an aficionado of pattern, form, symmetry, and/or beauty. The sections linked from this page provide an entree into the world of origami crease patterns, whatever your interest or motivation.

• Crease Patterns as Art — Since the beginning of the technical revolution in the world of origami in the 1960s, the rapidly growing complexity of origami crease patterns has made them interesting and beautiful as standalone artworks. This page shows some of my own explorations into artistic crease patterns since the turn of the new millenium.

• Crease Patterns for Folders — To a small, but growing, number of origami artists, crease patterns can serve as something more than a hint, less than a guide, for how to fold a figure. If you're interested in getting into crease patterns, this page contains some thoughts and useful links.

• Crease Pattern Gallery — Forget the discussion, just show me the crease patterns! This page contains a gallery of all crease patterns on the site, along with the folded works that they correspond to."
animals  art  paper  origami  howto  design  crafts  culture  geometry  sculpture  visualization  robertlang  folding 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Pop Art Inspired by Lichtenstein - Online Tutorial at Melissa Clifton page 1
"Turn your photos into Lichtenstein inspired pop art. This photoshop tutorial will also show you how to create great-looking half tone shading! - Melissa Clifton"
fun  graphics  howto  illustration  guides  tutorials  class  images  photography  photoshop  creative  crafts  diy  make 
october 2006 by robertogreco
The New Atlantis - Shop Class as Soulcraft - Matthew B. Crawford
"So what advice should one give to a young person? By all means, go to college. In fact, approach college in the spirit of craftsmanship, going deep into liberal arts and sciences. In the summers, learn a manual trade. You’re likely to be less damaged,
capitalism  business  culture  creativity  crafts  make  life  labor  work  trends  productivity  philosophy  projects  engineering  education  tools  ideas  essays  sociology  society  design  diy  history  politics  technology 
october 2006 by robertogreco
"My interest in the personalization of technology has moved me to create a series of gadgets that are inspired by object artisans such as clock/watchmakers, jewelers and other craftsmen. Each object is hand-made with enclosures that are sculpted from trad
gadgets  electronics  clothing  clocks  crafts  fun  experiments  jewelry 
september 2006 by robertogreco
HobbyPrincess: How Small Beats the Big
"Although small designers don’t interest the mass media, they can be well known to an international niche audience online. This suggests that small size and low public visibility might not really be such sins for designers and crafters. In the current n
art  design  glvo  crafts 
september 2006 by robertogreco
Chumby Industries
"Introducing chumby, a compact device that can act like a clock radio, but is way more flexible and fun. It uses the wireless internet connection you already have to fetch cool stuff from the web: music, the latest news, box scores, animations, celebrity
media  web  flash  fun  future  technology  toys  ubicomp  ambient  devices  electronics  wireless  wifi  radio  hardware  internet  life  rss  consumer  news  plush  networks  crafts  widgets 
august 2006 by robertogreco
Telegraph | Education | Pop Idol judges understand Plato
"Neither Einstein nor Shakespeare was original, so why are children told that's all that matters, asks Edward Ingram"
education  psychology  creativity  children  learning  art  crafts 
august 2006 by robertogreco
Mirá!: Cura de traumas de "abducción"
"Un tradicional ex-voto mexicano que agradece a la Virgen por haberlo curado del trauma sufrido por una abducción extraterrestre(!!)."
religion  space  mexico  culture  art  crafts  strange 
may 2006 by robertogreco
T-shirt printing with stencils - Tutorials - Stencil Revolution
"This tutorial deals with printing up low cost t-shirts with your existing stencils using paint. There are many ways to print stencils up on shirts, silk screens etc, but this is the cheapest and easiest and only way that we have explored so far."
art  clothing  crafts  make  diy  howto  tutorials  t-shirts  printing  tshirts 
april 2006 by robertogreco
SWITCH: Turning Girls on To Technology
"Created by Alison Lewis, a web designer and instructor at Parsons School of Design, Switch is a free online show connects young women with technology by guiding them through fashion and design projects."
blogs  crafts  culture  design  diy  girls  women  howto  make  teaching  technology  gadgets  fun  fashion  education  electronics  projects  video  tutorials  hacks  gender 
april 2006 by robertogreco
~Futurefarmers~Project Propigation House
"Amy Franceschini with Free Soil present F.R.U.I.T, which takes up the challenge to elevate the ecological knowledge of consumers and encourage a way of life that is friendly to the environement. F.R.U.I.T wrappers, a website, and a traveling installation
art  crafts  design  diy  people  food  ecology  arduino  futurefarmers  amyfranceschini  engineering  sustainability  portfolio 
march 2006 by robertogreco
Build-It-Yourself toys, robots, puppets, contraptions.
"Build-It-Yourself has developed a creative robotics program in collaboration with MIT that inspires, engages and guides kids to build in a unique global laboratory of the future. Build-It-Yourself seeks corporate partners who can bring our program to 20
children  learning  make  fun  projects  play  robots  toys  diy  crafts 
december 2005 by robertogreco

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