Thursday, June 23, 2016
In a series of slide images of furniture design and making I will express how my own process of making can be exemplified in these words: speculation as internal and external visualization, poetry as making, subtraction as editing
A presentation of Tommy Simpson’s artwork-in-progress “Playtime in the Making.” This art-installation speaks to the value of “play” in creativity and includes: furniture, textiles, laser/router work, as well as hand-carvings, writing, animation, original music, and documentary. Tommy’s presentation highlights his collaboration with an animator, musician, and videographer and includes sample videos, and animations from the […]
This presentation is about my twisted journey of happy accidents and fortuitous friendships that lead me from a traditional path in woodworking and furniture making to an expanded universe of digital design and computer navigated furniture manufacture. Mythos and absolutes, triumph and deficiency, procrastination and intestinal fortitude are a few of the descriptors of my […]
From its founding in 1682, Philadelphia has been a center of furniture innovation, particularly chairmaking. This presentation reviews the development of forms and the influence of aesthetic traditions among the city’s multi-various ethnic communities on the development of seating furniture from the 17th century to the mid-19th century.
We value health, safety, integrity, pleasant work days, happy patrons, and a good living. We succeed by design, price, service, shop organization and equipment, reducing costs and improving quality by repetition and standardization, generating sales on the internet, and managing the work with a database.
There are many ways to sell one’s furniture and one of my favorites is the retail Craft Show. Join me as I discuss the do’s and don’ts of craft show marketing. From pre-show marketing and booth set ups through break down and show follow up, there is a lot of attention to detail to note.
This presentation will involve a conversation between a psychoanalyst and an artist regarding the symbolic meaning of furniture. A case study will be presented in two parts.
The manufacturing industry is facing external pressures that are changing what we make, how we make it, who makes it, and who we are making it for. We all need to understand these shifts to stay competitive and relevant. In this session, you’ll take away knowing more about this next industrial revolution that is already […]
Two stumps, ten conversations and illuminations on trees, wood, sustainable consumption, incremental concentric growth, the axis mundi and seasonal variations in the density of fibers. This project explores the potential for an object to act as the protagonist in a series of transcendent conversations.
Friday, June 24, 2016
This live demonstration highlights the benefits to utilizing Fusion 360 for upfront design and digital fabrication. Fusion 360 is a unique tool that allows for both parametric and freeform modeling, photorealistic rendering, as well as 3-axis CNC machining. We’ll examine a variety of common workflows inside of Fusion 360, and see how using a digital […]
This presentation outlines the interdisciplinary platform promoted by IWCS for the global interests in wood and introduces ongoing projects in relation to furniture making and design, which invites ideas and discussion on the potential involvement and sustainable development.
Clinton will describe his introduction to digital fabrication, how he uses it in his work, how he teaches digital fabrication to his students and how they are using it in their projects. He’ll touch on the challenges and benefits and present images of various fabrication processes and finished work.
Craft’s Digital Underlayment will focus on the dynamics between handmade and digital processes of making in furniture design. The combination of digital and handmade techniques will address both the structural and soft system of furniture design. The talk will identify how the visual aesthetic and essence of the handmade is retained when merged with digital […]
This talk will trace Wharton Esherick’s career from painter, to graphic artist, to printmaker, to woodworker and the people and events that influenced him along the way. His career in wood began in 1920 and spanned fifty years.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
This talk will trace the rich history of the Philadelphia area and how it has influenced the development of the Studio Furniture Movement in the United States. The Philadelphia area has a rich history with makers, galleries, museums craft programs, and exhibitions.
Are you deceiving your clients, or society as a whole, by using technology? Where’s the line, and how do you know if you cross it? Technology can expand our capabilities, accuracy, and production time, but the question is: are artists, patrons and society as a whole losing something in the exchange?
Exploding My practice: Dividing a sculptural furniture practice into a sculpture and furniture practice
In this artist presentation, Adam will focus on some highlights of both his personal and teaching work, emphasizing the divide between his furniture/function driven teaching practice, and his personal explorations of furniture and functional objects as conceptual fodder for sculpture and installation work. He will discuss his background in studio furniture, and how that has […]
“Green design” as we know it today does not tell a story. There is no romance. It’s all about ingredients and process. For “green design” to move us to action, it must romance our ideals through form and materiality. This presentation proposes a design sensibility to effect a sustainable lifestyle.
Steinway and Sons has commissioned an Art Piano on the theme of Mussorgsky’s composition, “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Follow Karen’s rewarding and magical collaboration with a portrait artist as they created whimsical piano legs. Imagine a 1000 pound grand piano standing precariously on three wooden huts perched on chicken legs.