The Artisan’s Asylum Speaker Series seeks to engage our community and inspire us to make the world we want to see. Register here to reserve your spot in any of our upcoming sessions.
Tuesday January 17th, 7-9PM
Art is an expression of our humanity, culture, and social commentary. Museums and galleries provide sanctuary to some of our greatest cultural treasures; however, it is the accessibility of public art that administers the biggest impact, giving people from all walks of life a chance to enjoy art. In recent years, the Greater Boston area has been home to many evocative art-related initiatives. Join the Somerville Arts Council and the Artisan’s Asylum for an evening with some of the area’s most dynamic public art creators.
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Chris Templeman, a long time member of Artisan’s Asylum, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at his public art project “Make and Take”. This piece, to be installed in Chinatown Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, will celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rooster by 3D printing and giving away 2,017 rooster figurines over the course of the year. He will discuss the challenges of actualizing this public 3D printer, including: automation techniques, 3D printing in the harsh New England climate, and 3D scanning an artifact from the Museum of Fine Arts. He will also discuss collaborating with fellow Artisan’s Asylum members “New American Public Art”, and of the democratization of 3D printing which has motivated this entire project.
About Chris Templeman (Instagram: @christempleman) Chris is owner of Templeman Automation, an engineering firm specializing in harsh environment sensing and mechanical design. He is also owner of Happy Workhorse, a 3D printing and design service bureau.
Sarah Kaiser is a software design consultant and illustrator working in Boston and cosplay extraordinare. See more of her portfolio of work here: http://www.peachpunk.com/
New American Public Art, headquartered at Artisan’s Asylum, is a design-and-build firm at the intersection of public art, architecture, and technology. Their upcoming local project, Public Radio, won the “Technology” category of this year’s Public Space Invitational contest. Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman, co-founders of NAPA and longtime members of the Asylum, will talk about the relationships involved in this project, and how strategic partnerships are necessary to create big cool projects.
About New American Public Art
is a multi-disciplinary studio for conceptualizing, designing, fabricating, and installing interactive projects. http://www.newamericanpublicart.com/
East Boston-based Parlor Skis has quietly grown into the largest ski manufacturer in New England, by building fully custom skis one pair at a time, while staying true to the community that has helped them grown and grown with them. Responding to customers wanting to understand how their skis were built,Parlor initially offered a ski-building course expecting it to be only for a few interested diehards. Since then, it has mushroomed into a series of summer courses that quickly sell out as they are announced that has allowed Parlor to ramp up operations and hire additional staff. Mark will discuss how the meeting of the maker movement with a renewed interest in products made in America, has allowed him to quit his job and pursue his dream of building skis full time.
Nati Sang, Founder and CEO of Makerspace Thailand in Chiang Mai, will help kick off Artisan’s Asylum’s new Makerspace Cultural Exchange Grant program, designed to expand opportunities for the international community of artists, craftsmen, and makers to work, learn, and forge connections at makerspaces around the world. Nati will speak more about this exciting new collaboration, and share his personal experiences in the makerspace movement.
Join us on May 4th for a fiber arts talk, demonstration and community weaving project with sculptural weaver and member Jeanne Flanagan. As this is a part of our Fibers Arts Night, bring your projects to discuss and create with the community!
In 2010, Jeanne discovered sculptural weaving and has been almost exclusively working in triaxial mad-weave since then. The weave moves in three directions simultaneously so the corners create 60 degree angles. This means you cannot create a box, but allows the formation of natural shapes.
For the community weaving project, Weaving up a Storm, a tornado will hang in the social area this week and we invite everyone to join in the fun. Bring in your digital cables and wires and weave them into the storm!
Intellectual Property law has many traps for the unwary that can ensnare makers — things like “on sale bar,” “genericide,” or the “work-for-hire” doctrines, to name a few. Like all traps, however, IP pitfalls can be avoided, but only if you know what to look for. In this program, Keith Toms, a local IP attorney and member of the Asylum’s Advisory Board, will provide a field guide for some of the most common IP pitfalls to help you identify how best to protect your own IP and how to avoid running afoul of other people’s rights.
Local Somerville mask artist and educator Eric Bornstein joins us to share his background, work, and process. Eric will be teaching new mask making courses at Artisan’s starting in spring 2016 – keep and eye on our classes page for all the details! In the meantime, check out some of Eric’s incredible work at http://www.behindthemask.org/.
Artisan’s Asylum members Mark Rukamathu and Michael Smith will be facilitating a brief talk and discussion that will include their own projects, experiences, and fabrication during Boston Design Week!
rukamathu.smith is an interdisciplinary design firm, working at a range of scales and through a variety of mediums.
We think, we explore, we iterate.
Materials guide us; our clients inspire us.
Schedules and budgets keeps things real.
We grow by making.
After several years of practicing law at the white-shoe law firm Ropes & Gray, Matthew Thomas transitioned to a career as a furniture designer, woodworker and sculptor. His practice at Ropes & Gray included anti-trust, data breach, employment and government enforcement litigation. He now spends his days with drafting paper and pencil, mallet and chisel, jointer and planer, and generally covered in saw dust. On February 10th, he’ll discuss the successes and setbacks during his transition, the pitfalls and joys of moving from a professional career to an artistic career, and how he sees his small business fitting into the modern maker economy.
For more information about Matthew, check out his 1-minute interview at Artisan’s Asylum.
Rich Streitfeld, CPA — a/k/a “Zen Mensch Accountant” is a popular speaker at Asylum forums and specialist in helping makers and other creatives organize and succeed in their business (yes, it is a business!). Rich’s talk is titled “Tax and Incorporation Issues for Inmates”. Then you can pepper him with questions over refreshments. For a sneak preview of Rich’s entertaining style and advice for artists click here. New and existing clients welcome!
Watch acclaimed neon artist Wayne Strattman build a “carbon tree” in our social area in this interactive talk & demo. Where Does Mass of a Tree Come From? is a blown glass tree filled with carbon dioxide which, when energized, produces a light well known for at least a short period in the early 1900’s but largely unknown today. As the piece runs the carbon will slowly be sequestered into the piece reducing its pressure and changing the look of the piece.
It’s of vital importance today to be able to answer the question posed by the title of this piece: Where does the mass of a tree come from? This carbon tree is part of the living cycle of energy and mass that today appears to be out of balance and increasingly to threaten the very existence of life on the planet if things go as they have in the past. For more information about Wayne Strattman, check out his website.
Artisan member and former chairman of the board, K. Gretchen Greene, tells the tale of her transition from big law corporate tax lawyer to high end sculptor and designer. Two and a half years after leaving the firm, with a client list including the House of Dior, a recent solo show at New York’s Hammond Museum, and a residency at Glacier National Park, Greene’s work is at major New York galleries and international art and design fairs and has appeared in international press including AD Italy, Forbes China, the Economist and U.S.A. Today. www.kgretchengreene.com.
Passionate about the potential of design to catalyze social change, in 2012 Mia cofounded Proactive Practices, a research collaborative that identifies and publicizes emerging business models of socially entrepreneurial design. The Proactive Practices team has received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, and has spoken and run workshops across the country, empowering designers to pursue social impact work strategically. Mia recently served as the Northeastern University Architecture Department’s first fellow, investigating emerging models of innovative design practice, and she is the founder of Build Yourself+, a workshop that teaches action-based empowerment skills to women in design.
Rob Masek is a former Battlebots competitor. He has spent has last 15 years constructing fighting robot arenas, and organizing tournaments. He currently works as the Director of Operations here at Artisan’s Asylum. In his spare time, he Volunteers for FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and other robotics competitions.
With the help of the Artisan’s Asylum community we have constructed an arena and are holding local competitions. We want to get you involved and building your first fighting robot.
Hear Eric Schimelpfenig talk about the WikiHouse, an open source building system. Many designers, collaborating to make it simple for everyone to design, print and assemble beautiful, low-energy homes, customised to their needs. Eric started his career designing architectural millwork, furniture and cabinetry. After many years working for wood shops and cabinetry showrooms he founded SketchThis.net with the goal of making it easier for designers to use technology in their businesses. He has worked with Google and Trimble on the development of Sketchup, and traveled the country teaching Sketchup and digital fabrication to countless students. Learn more about Eric’s work at www.sketchthis.net/eric
Have you ever wondered why the handle on your vegetable peeler fits so perfectly in your hand? Or why the interface on your phone feels so intuitive (or doesn’t)? Or for that matter, why are those stupid plastic blister packages are so impossible to open? From Charles and Ray Eames, to Jonny Ives; the influence of Industrial Design is all around you. Check out some of Alex’s projects on his portfolio.
Join Founder and Fleet Admiral Skunk as he discusses play as motivation, refining systems, and the ever-evolving systems that help keep a chopper gang flying.