I know I've posted this pic before, but we just received several inches of snow, and I've been banished from the riding the bike to work. Time for some studs and/or skis. Gonna have to graduate to four wheels for the foreseeable future.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The ICON Auto Art Initiative features graphic designs based on photos taken by ICON founder, Jonathan Ward, at shows and events around the world. Each photo is the foundation for a hand drawn graphic focused on capturing the pure essence of beauty in these iconic vehicles. A 6061 aluminum panel is CNC'ed to form, then the graphic is fused into the aluminum by the innovative combination of silk screening and anodizing processes. These are available as limited edition art pieces, plus a series of posters, produced with vintage press print 1950's machinery. www.iconautoart.com
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Last Friday was a busy day. After meeting with Pascal at MIAD, having lunch with Chuck and in between having my SURF students in the studio working and working with Cherise and Nathaniel on the SCUBA scanner, I helped one of Adream's GD students cut a wood puzzle for his end of semester project. We cut it in some maple sheet that I had laying around the studio. Should be pretty cool after it's finished. Tonight I'm cleaning and organizing all of my computer files. I've made a folder just for placing this kind of project in and it seems I have a lot of work that I do like this for other people. The folder just keeps getting larger and larger.
I cinched the VW emblem down against the body the other day. I still need to massage it a bit to get a better fit to the body, but it's not coming off. I pulled her out in the snow today so I could warm the engine up and get it ready for some daily driving in the near future. I ran it while I shoveled snow. With the pure white paint on the emblem, I realize that I need to paint my bumpers dove blue and the pressed areas of the bumper white. I was looking at an aftermarket gas heaters today as well. It would be cool to have one as a backup system or as an alternative to running heater boxes. I can tell fogging of the windows is going to be an issue if I don't do something about heat.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
UWM finished a video about Jim Rygiel. He mentioned the work that we are doing in fabrication in the DCRL at UWM and there's even a small clip of Aaron's senior piece in the video. So cool. I'm so glad he was able to visit. He left a lasting impression on me and I know he did on our students as well.
I was featured in Eastern Illinois University's Alumni magazine this month. Daphne Griffin interviewed me a few months ago for the article and I had a great time talking to her and catching up on things that are happening at EIU. She wrote the article, did the graphic layout, and used photos that Jay Grabiec had taken when he visited my studio and classroom at UWM. I was glad to be able to share some of the insight that my first Metals professor, David Griffin, had shared with me during my time at EIU. I can honestly say that Dave changed my life with his teaching and that he had one of the largest impacts on me becoming a teacher. I am forever indebted to him.
Thanks to Daphne and Jay for making this article happen!
Head over to Caswell Plating and pick up a calendar for the new year. Caswell ran a photo contest and asked for images of work that people have made with their products. I've been using aluminum anodizing, powder coating, and plating supplies from them for quite a while. They sent me a pdf of the calendar and there is some amazing work included in the calendar. I was fortunate enough to have the Isabella cutter featured for the month of January. In addition to this, my image was selected as the top entry and I received a iPad for winning this honor. Other winners won iPods and iTunes giftcards. I just received the iPad this past week and have been enjoying it.
I stopped by the UWM Design Entrepreneur Showcase on Friday night before I went home. I was able to see the completed displays and had a chance to see some student work and chat with my SURF student John McGeen about his Seed&Sow app. He did a great job pitching his project and it was good to see the work that he had put into his project as well the work he had done with organizing and creating the class website. The display looked good although there was a minute amount of swaying of the display due to the cables not being spread enough at the grid and the number of people moving against and handling things. I went back the next day and took some pics after all was said and done. I actually think things looked better without all of the clutter of electrical cables (tapped to the floor), supplemental materials, computers, additional tables at the ends of each aisle, etc., so I was happy to get some simple shots of the display. The use if the track lighting would have been nice to see (since there are tracks built into the grid system); too bad they didn't do this for the show. All in all, it was a good experience building the display and this will be sure to serve me well, when I start doing some digital fabrication and design exhibits in the future.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Graphic Design area came to me a couple weeks ago and asked me if I could design and create a display for their end of semester exhibition. I had limited time to complete this, but they assured me that there would be money to pay me for my labor. I really probably shouldn't have taken this on due to the short time frame, but I'm always looking for paying jobs this year, since I'm on sabbatical. I designed everything in Rhino and then made sure the GD area was good with the design. We made some minor changes and I ordered materials. I was able to get the uni-strut cut, all of the wood cut, and the hinges installed on the panels before leaving for Thanksgiving break. Yesterday, I bolted the uni-strut sections together, cut cables, attached cables, made table supports that slide into the uni-strut channel, embedded magnets on the four corners of each panel, and hung and leveled the entire display. Not too bad for a days worth of work. I got home late and was absolutely exhausted. The students are installing today and the show is tomorrow night.
Yesterday, I silver soldered some 1/4-20 bolts to the back of the VW emblem I had purchased a while ago. Someone was selling a steel pressing of the emblem minus the connector studs on the samba and I was lucky enough to get one before they stopped selling these (VW probably came down on the person for selling these as they're sensitive about the use of their emblem to make money-go figure). I sandblasted the piece along with the ends of the bolts, laid out some measurements, and then fluxed and soldered the pieces in place. I sandblasted the piece again to remove any traces of flux and then gave it a coat of paint. I considered powder coating it, but the rest of the bus may get rubbed back a bit and I figured the emblem may "need some lovin'" too. So paint seemed like the best option. I got home super late from working on the GD display, so I wasn't able to bolt it in place. The bolts line up with the holes and I'll just have to climb inside and secure it. This should be a considerable upgrade from the pressed fasteners that usually secure the emblem. Now the single cab won't be naked.