Sep 162014
 

The 2014 Nashville Mini Maker Faire was last Saturday, and I had an absolute blast! Erica Ciccarone and I displayed 3D-printed objects and textile art at the Make Nashville booth. I also taught a papercrafting course using Rob Ives‘ wonderful paper automata.

Here are some pictures Erica and I took at the Faire:

 

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth and Erica’s Fancy Fox quilt. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Some 3D printed inventions in our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. A Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

This guy. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Some young makers. Photo by Erica.

A suspicious face at the origami booth. Photo by Erica.

A suspicious origami artist. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A future refrigerator poet. Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata, and Erica enjoys the company of a future engineer. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

 

Sep 122014
 

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The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, September 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center. I’ll be there at the Make Nashville booth, showing off my Printrbot Simple 3D printer and lots of printed goodies, including the Make Nashville keychain bracelet pictured above. The bracelet is a joint project of Erica Ciccarone and myself. She did the sewing, I did the 3d design and printing. We’ll give them out while supplies last.

I’m also teaching a class on papercraft automata, using Rob Ives’ wonderful designs. What’s papercraft automata? This video explains it better than I can:

The FREE class is from 12 to 2 p.m. in the workshop tent. It’s for ages 5 and up (with a parent to help with the cutting and glueing).

Circuit Benders’ Ball alumn Mike Hester will be conducting a presentation in workshop tent from 3 to 3:45 pm on turning image files into sound and sound files into images. It’s really fascinating stuff, and you shouldn’t miss it.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Expect lots of creative making, including a hot-rodded Power Wheels race, the ever-growing Full Scale Millenium Falcon project, robot battles, screenprinting, electronics projects, and much, much more. See you tomorrow!

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Sep 092014
 

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After Boheme Collectif’s shuttering, Tyler Walker and Mike Kluge began transforming a small East Nashville storefront into their own art gallery, community center, and performance space. They’ve already thrown a few shows at Queen Ave Art Collective, but none as ambitious as Mike Kluge’s continuing series Future Night, which is making its Queen Ave debut tonight at 8 p.m. It’s the perfect time to check out the digs and enjoy experimental and electronic art installations by Tyler Blankenship, David Wright Lagrone, Mike Kluge, and Taylor O’Connor. Performers include Linear Downfall, sugar sk*-*lls, Black Cat Sylvester, Zorch (Austin), and Ava Luna (Brooklyn).

More info on the Facebook event page.

Future Night
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 8 p.m., $5
@Queen Ave Art Collective, 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37207
Park at Post Office or Piggly Wiggly.

Aug 312014
 

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FRML Arts is presenting a hell of a show at Emma Bistro tonight, featuring Sir Richard Bishop, Tashi Dorji, and Tate Eskew.

The FMRL Arts blog has the details:

Sir Richard Bishop, like Cameo, is a knight of the sound table. Comparisons to Larry Blackmon end there. His discography is both diverse and extensive in a variety of contexts–as a member of psychedelic ethnic forgers Sun CIty Girls with his brother Alan and Charles Gocher; in VU-related garage band Paris 1942 with brother Alan and drummer Moe Tucker; creating Arizonan laundryroom exotica with Eddy Detroit; reprising Square Nine’s strange surf-bowed tsunamis with Maybe Mental’s David Oliphant; creating blistering trio improvisations with Chris Corsano and Ben Chasny in Rangda; and performing nimble-fingered hothouse jazz tinged with eastern modalities as a solo artist, owing as much to Django Reinhardt as to Omar Khorshid.

Tashi Dorji is a Bhutanese free improvising guitarist based in Asheville, North Carolina. While attending high school in Bhutan he saw the movie, “The Thing Called Love,” set in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe. Years later, he came to Nashville and tried to go to the Bluebird Cafe, where songwriters go to get discovered, only to find it was closed that day. Tashi Dorji’s guitar improvisations are spontaneous responses to a wide range of music he’s absorbed from around the world, but transformed into a personal style that avoids referentiality and folk-underpinnings. You won’t likely hear overt traces of Bhutanese folk melodies, but you may hear a six-stringed mockingbird fly nimbly with fingers stretched wide as Derek Bailey or Lenny Breau.

Tate Eskew has more than 20 years experience as a sound engineer, musician, and software engineer. He uses this experience and his fervent interests in ecology, regenerative design, and reconnecting with his own Cherokee ancestry to create a linkage between technology and nature through music. His process employs code-writing to create his own unique guitar sounds; using the studio as an instrument to create timbrally rich sonic building blocks; and finally playing the guitar to combine these units into delicate, occasional textures, which change with every performance.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Purchase advance tickets here.

 

 

FMRL Presents a Spectrum of Guitar w/ Sir Richard Bishop, Tashi Dorji, and Tate Eskew
Sunday, August 31, 2014, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
@ Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN.