Long Board Workshop Spring 2018

This was a BIG project. A lot of work but I had a blast. Glad to have some documentation of it. Thanks to Patrick Montero for editing and Lily Xu ’19 for videography.

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Maker Arts Space Summer Fellowship

This summer I ran a fellowship with three Haverford students where we designed an eating device for a double amputee patient. Initially planned to take place in the maker space at Haverford college we, like so many others, had to go online due to Covid 19. Despite this the students learned a lot and I was so proud of the work they did. Read more about it here.

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The Center for Creative Works

This past Spring, prior to things falling apart in March, I collaborated with Kristin Lindgren’s course called Critical Disability Studies. That class has a hands-on component where students work with the Center for Creative Works (CCW) in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  The CCW is a place for people with intellectual disabilities to practice and learn about art. Here is their mission statement.   I loved working with the CCW and Kristin’s class. I like that the Maker Arts Space at Haverford College has a focus on students but we also ask how students can foster relationships with local stakeholders. The idea of the Maker Arts Space as a place for community building really inspires me. During the CCW visits I taught the 3D Scanner and a 3D sculpting software called Meshmixer (free by the way). Students and the CCW visitors 3D scanned themselves then altered their scans on the computer. I also developed a method […]

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Hosting A Remote Conference and Fellowship

Like everybody life was turned upside down for me starting in March. We had to let go of things and cancel a number of events. But not everything! This summer was the beginning of two annual programs: A conference for middle and high school teachers on technologies in education and a six week long fellowship on rapid prototyping and design for college students. Both programs went well and I feel I am getting a better sense of the possibilities of online education. I see opportunity with this big change and I believe there are a lot of valuable takeaways. I thought I would share one presentation from one of my students. I am so proud of the work generated during the fellowship.

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2019 Books And Other Media

Here’s my year in the form of the media I consumed. 2019 Books The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell Rating? 10 Pez dispensers. Perhaps one of my favorite books? Gripping. Disturbing. Beautiful. Horrible. This book shook me up like no book ever has. Children Of God by Mary Doria Russell Rating? 7 Pez dispensers. The sequel to the Sparrow. Also a good book but meanders a bit more. Our main character goes through one more horrible journey across the stars. It has less of a point but if you read the Sparrow you’ll feel compelled to read this too. Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell Rating? 8.5 Pez dispensers. It was the year of Mary Doria Russell. She has a way with words and a great meticulous style. She departs from scifi after the two books above and turned her attention to historical fiction not just for […]

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Laser Cutting With The People’s Paper Co

Way back in April of this year (2019) founding members of the organization People’s Paper Co-op  (Courtney Bowles and Mark Aloysious Strandquist) were doing an artist residency in the building I work in at Haverford College. We got a chance to work together on a couple occasions laser cutting some artwork together. This artwork (hands with text ‘free’ ‘our’ ‘mothers/queens/daughters’) marched in a parade that celebrated incarcerated mothers many of which are/were in jail for small misdemeanors but do not have the money to post bail. The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund was set up to bail mothers out of jail on mothers day and the parade exists to celebrate these women. ‘The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities that connects formerly incarcerated individuals together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and many others to run a multitude of programs and initiatives. Through a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary process, […]

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Accidental Recreation. Purposeful Remixing.

I did a thing, and then I realized where it came from. The thing was mine but it was also someone else’s. Accidental recreation. Purposeful remixing. Whatever it is. It’s a part of the creation process. No idea comes out of thin air.  I think academically most can agree with that and yet many of us also think creativity or genius is a mystical gift. It’s magic. I know I did when I was younger. I remember writing music and someone would suggest it sounded like Modest Mouse. Which, it absolutely did. I was influenced by them A LOT. But, at the time, I was writing my own music and thought I had my own sound and wanted others to think that too. Something had to be originally mine in order for it to have value. Even now I can’t help but be a little discouraged if I […]

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Video From Longboard Workshop

Over the summer I worked with Skate The Foundry to make longboards with students. It was so much fun to work with this organization. It was really cool to open up the doors to the Maker Space to the broader Philadelphia community.

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Loooong Boards

Making a long board, actually making 27!

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Micah’s Bass

Making guitars, NO, MAKING BASS GUITARS

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