Made with Code: No 3D Glasses Needed

July 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm (Art Unravelled, Project Runway)

Tonight is the premiere of Season 13 of Project Runway, and  while I won’t be launching another “Project Runway Studio 109A” Challenge, I will be watching.

Last season, designer Justin LeBlanc became a fan favorite with his streamlined, architectural designs. As a finalist showing his work at New York’s Fashion Week, he wowed the judges with his accessories, many of which were printed at the North Carolina State School of Design using a 3D printer.

Project Runway fan favorite, Justin LeBlanc at our school's Reflections Celebration.

Project Runway fan favorite, Justin LeBlanc at our school’s Reflections Celebration.

While 3D printers have been used in the manufacturing industry, the technology is crossing over into other industries, including fashion. Although the technology is expensive, some companies are working to make this technology accessible to all of us. Home Depot just signed an agreement with MakerBot to sell its line of replicator machines. Shapeways is making it easier than ever for users, including jewelry designers, to customize and print their designs affordably.

As computer technology continues to cross over into every field, the need for Computer Scientists will only increase. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As demand for new and better technology grows, demand for computer scientists will grow as well.” []

Both my children attend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) magnet schools, so I have seen first hand how educators are working hard to make sure students not only computer savvy but career ready.

Even Google is jumping on the STEM bandwagon with its Made with Code initiative designed to “help ensure that more girls become the creators, and not just the consumers, of our collective digital future.”

“For students today, coding is becoming an essential skill, just like reading, writing, and math. If you have a daughter, niece, or other girl that you know, encouraging her to learn to code can open up countless opportunities for her future. Whether she’s an athlete or an artist, loves animals, or wants to explore medicine, coding can help her pursue her interests now and create greater career options and job security for her future.” []

Google’s Made with Code website features a variety of free online projects to encourage girls to start “writing their own stories” using code. One of the projects is a coded bracelet in which girls can experiment with Blocky software to create a customized 3D bracelet. []

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I tried our hand at coding a 3D bracelet. Just yesterday, our creation came in the mail courtesy of Google and Shapeways.

3D "Made with Code" Bracelet

3D “Made with Code” Bracelet

Technology not only presents artists like me with a new set of tools, but also a new set of challenges. While technology may be changing the way we think of art, I hope the relationship between artist and audience, creator and consumer, will go unchanged.  “It’s what experience can I deliver to you that is provocative, that can change how you think. How can I, the art piece, change your relationship — not to me, but to something else or to the world? That question has nothing to do with technology at all.” [John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design on How Technology is Changing Art]










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La Vie Boheme

July 16, 2014 at 2:33 am (Uncategorized)

This Thursday night, I will participate in my first exhibition in almost four years.

The Bohemian Bash Art Show benefits the Cary Creative Center, a non-profit providing artistic materials and educational programs to promote reuse of discarded materials.

My first jewelry collection, The Ephemera Collection, celebrated everyday things often taken for granted like postcards, postage stamps, and labels. While working on The Ephemera Collection, I started incorporating found objects in my work. For Through the Looking Glass, the last exhibition I participated in with Emily Cash and Susan Parrish, both Susan and I used found objects to bring dimension to Emily’s fantastic Wonderland drawings. For an inside look at Through the Looking Glass, click here.

Two of my favorite pieces from the Through the Looking Glass exhibition, including the Altered Book and Alice in Wonderland Talisman will be on display Thursday night at The Bohemian Bash Art Show at Cypress Manor in Cary. For more information or for tickets, visit The Bohemian Bash website.

Text and illustrations woven together transform this Atlas into an oversized altered children's book.

Text and illustrations woven together transform this Atlas into an oversized altered children’s book.

Alice in Wonderland Talisman recreating the beloved characters using found objects.

Alice in Wonderland Talisman recreating the beloved characters using found objects.



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