Here’s my first attempt at soldering together an actual working product. This week we launched an email campaign advertising The Useless Machine, featuring an animated GIF I shot. What fun this kit is! The finished product stands behind its name: a totally frivolous yet mesmerizing mystery box. The user switches the machine on and a “finger” emerges from within the box and turns the motor off. Mildly frustrating and quite funny, one can’t help but be compulsed to switch the […]
To celebrate Year of the Maker and the White House Maker Faire, I was charged with devising two new Learn to Solder Pin designs in collaboration with Radio Shack and Russell the Electric Giraffe. These two kits are designed to help kids learn how to solder their very first project. The reward is a blinking, wearable piece of electronic art. John Viet-Triet Nguyen illustrated them based on my pencil sketches. I had the privilege of “petting” the real version of Russell […]
I had the pleasure of working with artist John Viet-Triet Nguyen on two new products for Maker Faire. The Learn to Solder Pins are used to teach people beginning soldering skills. Once complete, the user is rewarded with a blinking, wearable pin, along with a new skill! The rocket and Russell the Giraffe designs were a collaboration between Maker Faire and Radio Shack. The rocket design was used in the Radio Shack Maker Faire booth as an activity.
In honor of Earth Day, I’m testing out a product called Lumi. This fabric dye kit uses the power of the sun to help you blast off in new creative directions. Check out what I did with some leaves and some creativity. Using a yard of unbleached linen, I applied the Lumi solvent to the fabric, gathered some leaves from my tree-covered backyard, placed it all in the sun, and waited 20 minutes. After my sunning time was up, I […]
New swatches of my arrow textile design arrived. I chose to experiment with neutral charcoal gray backgrounds in two values. This large expanse of cotton contains eight options I designed in various color combinations. Test swatches are important because they help you get a better sense of what your repeat will look like at scale on the fabric of your choice. My next step is to make some adjustments to the dark gray and possibly order a swatch on canvas. […]
I recently had the super opportunity to collaborate with artist Michael Slack to dream up the Chet the Cat™ and Friends line of pretend play sets. These fully illustrated, dishwasher safe sets bring the tasty delicacies of an imaginary cafe run by animals to the world of a child. Working with Michael on the project was really a bunch of fun because he’s simply got so much imagination wired in. On the phone. we’d discuss the sorts of colorful environments […]
THE BASE LAYER Ever since I stole away time with my sister’s Fashion Plates set in the early 1980s, I’ve always wanted to design my own textile, which is now easier than ever with the simple user interface of fabric producer Spoonflower.com and with the help of their online tutorials. What you see here is my pink arrow textile design, available for purchase on Spoonflower. I bought a yard of it and cut it down to a bit larger than […]
The Long Beach Press-Telegram wrote a lengthy feature about the tour, which runs today and tomorrow. I’m pictured in my studio with some of my mixed media on canvas works. Lisa Wibroe, above, points to some of her ceramics pieces in her indoor/outdoor space, also in Wrigley. The tour is an annual event and this year features 30 artists working in all sorts of mediums.