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Make Nashville Workshop: Creepin’ Frankenstein Papercraft Automata 10/29/2016

 

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I’ll be teaching the next edition of Papercraft Automata at Make Nashville on October 29th from 12pm to 4:30pm, and this time we’re building the Creepin’ Frankenstein!

Using Rob Ives‘ wonderful paper automata designs, I will teach you the basics of mechanical movement. Each class will explore a different mechanical movement concept including crank sliders, scotch yokes, geneva cranks, gear boxes, worm gears, rack and pinions, and more.

You need not have taken previously editions of the class to take this one. Each is self-contained. And you don’t have to be a Make Nashville member to participate, though being a member gets you the member discount.

In this edition, we will extend our knowledge of  cam followers and learn about gear reduction by building the Creepin’ Frankenstein. You’ll be able to incorporate these concepts into your own projects.

Learn more about the Creepin’ Frankenstein kit at RobIves.com. 

Date: Saturday, October 29 from 12pm to 4:30pm.
Location: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Class fee: $7 for Make Nashville makerspace members. $12 for non-members.

All ages are welcome, though students 12 and younger should have an adult to assist them. We only charge per kit, so if an adult and child are working on a single kit together, it just counts as one admission.

We will supply all tools and components, however if you have a favorite cutting mat, pair of scissors, or Exacto-knife, feel free to bring it along.

Buy your tickets here. This class is limited to 18 students and is expected to sell out, so reserve your spot quick.

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Make Nashville Workshop: Keyboard Kat Papercraft Automata, 09/25/2016 12:30-5pm

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I’ll be teaching the second edition of Papercraft Automata at Make Nashville on September 25th, and this round we’ll be building the Keyboard Kat!

Using Rob Ives’ wonderful paper automata designs, I will teach you the basics of mechanical movement. Each class will explore a different mechanical movement concept including crank sliders, scotch yokes, geneva cranks, gear boxes, worm gears, rack and pinions, and more.

You need not have taken previously editions of the class to take this one. Each is self-contained. And you don’t have to be a Make Nashville member to participate, though being a member gets you the member discount.

In this edition, we will extend our knowledge of  cams and learn about straps and levers by building the Keyboard Kat! At class finish, you will have a completed automaton that you can take home. You’ll be able to use the concepts learned to build more projects that move.

I also have a few Hungry Dinosaur kits from the last class for those who would rather build that.

Cams have been around for hundreds of years. They are the main mechanical principal behind self-writing, self-drawing, and music-playing automata such as the one featured in the movie Hugo. There’s so much you can do with this one simple concept!

Date: Sunday, September 25 from 12:30pm to 5pm.
Location: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Class fee: $7 for Make Nashville makerspace members. $12 for non-members.

All ages are welcome, though students 11 and younger should have an adult to assist them. We only charge per kit, so if an adult and child are working on a single kit together, it just counts as one admission.

We will supply all tools and components, however if you have a favorite cutting mat, pair of scissors, or Exacto-knife, feel free to bring it along.

Buy your tickets here. This class is limited to 18 students and is expected to sell out, so reserve your spot quick.

Learn more about the Keyboard Kat here.

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Make Nashville Workshop: Papercraft Automata, 08/21/2016 12-4pm

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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching one of the first workshops at Make Nashville‘s brand new space!

The class is called “Papercraft Automata” and is open to students ages 11 and up. (Younger students are welcome with parental accompaniment.) If the first class is successful, I hope to make it a continuing series.

Using Rob Ives’ wonderful paper automata designs, I will teach you the basics of mechanical movement. Each class will explore a different mechanical movement concept including crank sliders, scotch yokes, geneva cranks, gear boxes, worm gears, rack and pinions, and more

In the first class, we will learn all about cams by building the Hungry T-Rex Dinosaur! This is a great introduction to mechanical movement because the kit provides several sets of cams that change the dinosaur’s animation.

Cams have been around for hundreds of years. They are the main mechanical principal behind self-writing, self-drawing, and music-playing automata such as the one featured in the movie Hugo. There’s so much you can do with this one simple concept!

Date: Sunday, August 21 from 12pm to 4pm.
Location: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Class fee: $7 for Make Nashville makerspace members. $12 for non-members.

We will supply all tools and components, however if you have a favorite cutting mat, pair of scissors, or Exacto-knife, feel free to bring it along.

Buy your tickets here. This class is limited to 18 students and is expected to sell out, so reserve your spot quick.

Learn more about the Hungry T-Rex here.

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Modular Art Pods Interview in Nashville Arts

Tony Youngblood's Blue Box Pod in progress

Tony Youngblood’s Blue Box Pod in progress

The wonderful Sara Lee Burd (who was just named Executive Director at Seed Space) interviewed me about Modular Art Pods for the June edition of Nashville Arts. Check it out here.

Modular Art Pods takes place at OZ Arts Nashville during their OZ Art Fest, June 21 through 25 with a special Thursday Night Things performance June 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more at ModularArtPods.com.

 

It’s All Happening! Modular Art Pods and More at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston 02-07-2015

I’m really happy to announce Modular Art Pods happening Saturday, February 7th during Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston 6-10 p.m. at abrasiveMedia inside Houston Station (438 Houston Street, Nashville, TN). MAPs is the open-source community art tunnel that I’ve been working on for over a year, and it features 30 individually-curated pods. None of this could have happened without the hard work and creativity of the participating artists, which include:

  • Adrienne Newman
  • Alison Rinner and Becky Matthews
  • Andee Rudloff
  • Andri Alexandrou
  • Arthur Kirkby
  • Ava Marie Puckett
  • Beth Reitmeyer
  • Brandon Donahue
  • Brandon Greer
  • Brian Somerville
  • Courtney Adair Johnson
  • Dig Deep Light Show
  • Dylan Ethier and Molly Lahym
  • Emily Holt
  • Evelyn Walker
  • Gordon Roqué
  • Joe Clemons
  • Kayla Saito
  • Kyle Baker
  • Kyle Numann
  • Lauren Kussro
  • Luke Rainey
  • Matt Fox and Ben Clark
  • Matthew Jernigan
  • Megan Kelley and Stephen Zerne
  • Morgan Higby-Flowers
  • Patrick Stefaniak
  • Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
  • Secret Friends
  • Tony Youngblood

Modular Art Pods will be unlike other art exhibitions you’ve attended. You could call it an “art haunted house,” and like haunted houses, you will have to wait in line to get in. So allow time for waiting. And wear comfortable clothes for crawling. If you are unable to crawl through, we also have a backlot walking tour that lets you peer in on the crawlers and see the behind-the-scenes magic.

MAPs isn’t the only show happening in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood Saturday night. Also check out Tom Shinness, Tony Gerber and Kirby Shelstad performing at Noteable Blends(also inside Houston Station) at 8p.m. and lots of other gallery openings, including Andrew O’Brien’s Talking Talking House at Seed Space, Fort Houston’s 3rd Birthday Bonanza, Ariel Lavery at The Packing Plant, the opening of Cumberland Gallery in Track One, and lots more. Also, MAPs participant Kayla Saito has a solo show at the WAG Gallery in the Arcade downtown. Joe Nolan has the details on these events and more at the Nashville Scene’s Crawl Guide.

Find out more about Modular Art Pods here.

Check out some pictures and videos of the pods in progress!

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Joe Clemons

Joe Clemons

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Kyle Numann

Kyle Numann

Andee Rudloff

Andee Rudloff

Alison Rinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Alison Rinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Gordon Roque

Gordon Roque

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

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Modular Art Pods Call for Artists

Erica and Billy in a pod.

Erica and Billy in a pod.

Some of you who know me may have heard on this strange art exhibit idea I’ve been working on called Modular Art Pods. Basically, it’s a linear art tunnel comprised of individually-curated 4′ cubes. Each micro-gallery holds only one person, so you can confront the art without the distractions of free wine and conversation.

We just launched the MAPs site and announced the call for artists. If you’re interested in making a pod, apply here. The exhibition happens February 7th at abrasiveMedia, a wonderful new art center in Wedgewood/Houston.