Jan 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Mar 8, 2012 2:50:52 PM
Breadboard resident artist Shelley Spector held another digital embroidery workshop this past weekend at NextFab! Shelley has been here working on our laser cutters and our digital embroidery machine, leading up to her exhibit Dreck Groove, on display now at the Esther Klein Art Gallery. If you haven’t been over to see her work at EKG yet, it will be up until March 30th. It’s not one you want to miss!
The workshop started at the gallery, where Shelley greeted attendees and discussed her work. Afterward, everyone came to NextFab and Shelley dove into the details of the processes she used for her work.
The workshop was split into small groups and they rotated through 4 stations: a tour of NextFab’s machinery and facility, sewing with the digital embroidery machine, laser cutting, and the digital embroidery software.
Everyone in the workshop was able to make and take home their own “Gone” watch, a piece designed by Spector for the workshop.
Thank you to Shelley for holding the workshop and to everyone who came! If you missed it, sign up for our digital embroidery classes and catch up!
Oct 30, 2011 10:35:00 AM
Here are our Staff Picks for this week. We have a meld of art and science in some of these links. Please enjoy these staff favorites.
The Importance of Mind Wandering Boredom and its synonyms can also become a crucial tool of creativity.
“Boredom is your window,” the poet declared. “Once this window opens, don’t try to shut it; on the contrary, throw it wide open.” - Brodsky
Connection to Poetry brings a deeper meaning to a psychological study and makes a reading not so boring. - Yulia
Flexible Wood This is a plywood laser cut hinge. - Gregg
Nervous System Inspired by natural phenomena, Nervous System makes jewelry, art, and housewares using generative design processes and high-tech fabrication methods. Needless to say I want everything they make! - Christine
Oct 11, 2011 4:54:00 PM
Since May of this year, Philadelphia sculptor, Shelley Spector has been Breadboard’s Artist in Residence at NextFab Studio. Using fabric cut from secondhand clothing and wood cast off from NextFab’s commercial projects, she has developed a colorful new body of work of digitally embroidered images in laser cut frames.
These new works, which will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery beginning February 2012, are the inspiration for a public workshop, which will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 1-4PM at NextFab Studio, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia.
Workshop participants will get to work side by side with Spector to create a piece using the digital sewing machine, (affectionately named Gwen) and the laser cutter (also known as Speedy). Each participant will get a take away piece of art designed by Spector that they will fabricate under the supervision of the artist and NextFab’s tech experts.
This free workshop includes a preview of Spector’s newest work and a tour of NextFab’s state of the art facilities. It is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is necessary - space is limited.
Spector is an artist, curator, editor and teacher. She has been working for more than 20 years, creating works of various media that most recently explore themes of money, relationships, tools of measurement and the environment. Her work has been exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Gallery Joe, Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition and The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA, and Delaware Center For Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. She is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, where she has an upcoming show in January 2013.
Jul 23, 2011 1:40:00 PM
Our new Trotec Speedy300 flexx Laser Cutter/Engraver is here!
Jul 18, 2011 2:30:00 PM
I have taken more classes. I have taken the first part of the Trotec Laser Cutter/Engraver class, the first part of the TorchMate CNC Plasma Cutter class and the first part of the ShopBot class. Each of these machines is a fantastic tool.
All of these machines are software controlled so time is spent learning how to use the software. Adobe Illustrator, which is available on our computers, can be used to create 2D engrave-able images for cutting out or engraving on the Trotec and TorchMate.
In the Trotec Laser class, one of our members made a business card out of MDF particleboard and another engraved on a piece of plastic. We were shown how to go through the process of setting up our files and how to set up the Trotec for different materials. We were also told of the hazards associated with this machine and how to avoid crashing the bed into the laser. There is a tray of sample materials to touch and look though with setting information.
With the TorchMate we did not make anything, that is for the second class. While we focused on the software, the instructor did demonstrate how to inspect the machine for wear and how to replace those parts as well as how to change the different pieces for different settings for different materials.
In the ShopBot class, after being shown how to use some features of the software, two of the members made engraved cutting boards. The ShopBot now has a vacuum bed to hold work pieces in place and there is some experimentation going on with this. It is being improved by our staff. It’s very cool.
I definitely have some ideas to put these tools to work.