UGEARS continues to reveal the mystery of mechanics with twelve new mechanical models available exclusively on Kickstarter. Some designs are inspired by real-life prototypes, while others are original re-imaginings of historical mechanisms and the creatures from your wishlist.
All UGEARS models are made of sustainably sourced wood and are powered by rubber bands, gears, cranks, and gravity. No glue or batteries are required; simply follow the detailed step-by-step illustrated manual with instructions in 11 languages to complete your model.
The Horse-Mechanoid, the Tower Windmill, Aviator, V-Express Steam Train with Tender, a Secret model, the Archballista-Tower, the Stagecoach, the Roadster, the Bike, the Heavy Boy Long-Hauler with Trailer, and Flexi-Cubus will be your companions on an exciting mechanical journey through history.
The UGEARS team is continuously working on fascinating new self-propelled wooden models. With your support, UGEARS can develop more new DIY models all over the world.
Whether you’re a hobbyist, looking for an original gift idea, or are simply curious, UGEARS mechanical models provide hours of fun and the joy of creating. The UGEARS mission is to give an unforgettable time of working together on things that are popular for all ages.
This post was sponsored by UGEARS.
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From one-day workshops to semester-long courses, take the opportunity to immerse yourself and be inspired. Courses are available in:
— Computer Art, Computer Animation, and Visual Effects
— Film and Video
— Fine Arts
— Illustration and Cartooning
— Interior Design
— Professional Development
— Visual and Critical Studies
— Visual Futures Lab
— Visual Narrative
School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. SVA represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.
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SCI-Arc Students Reimagine Claes Oldenburg’s ‘Geometric Mouse’ as Inspiration for Rethinking Multiples in Art and Architecture
SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles is a school that considers architecture an art form capable of engaging with contemporary culture and public imagination. At the graduate level, the school offers creative individuals with an undergraduate degree in any field of study the opportunity to transition into the professional and academic world of architecture through its 3-year professionally accredited Master of Architecture 1 program.
Students in SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, but they all share an interest in cultural production. In order to familiarize students with problems central to the discourse of architecture, the program begins with a design studio that sets up a foundation of technical rigor and fine craft while utilizing contemporary architectural tools. During the second year, students are engaged in Visual Studies and Design Studio courses that consider the role of ‘Multiples’ in Art and Architecture, and enable students to create stunning visual techniques that are unique to the vibrant environment that SCI-Arc cultivates.
Through a seminar specific Grasshopper-Kangaroo software script, students rigged and animated 3D arrangements of parts (ears, head, nose, body, etc.), then produced physical models in a range of materials using 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting. Students also had the opportunity to experiment with several advanced imaging technologies, including Augmented Reality, Stroboscopic Animation, and Real-time Projection Mapping in SCI-Arc’s Robot House. This comprehensive set of techniques in Visual Studies supported the development of conceptual, theoretical and formal proposals in Design Studio for a new Disney Animation Studio in Burbank California.
Following SCI-Arc’s studio model of the “practicing architect as educator”, this Visual Studies seminar and related Design Studio was coordinated by Devyn Weiser whose professional practice, Testa & Weiser, was selected for the Canadian Centre for Architecture landmark exhibit Archeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention at the CCA and Yale University in 2017.
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Skylar Yoo is a new company dedicated to inspiring and empowering women. Alice Yoo, the former editor-in-chief of the art blog My Modern Met, founded the company after discovering the beauty of hand lettering. She paired the unique artform with meaningful words and phrases inspired in part by the Women’s March last January, an event that saw five million people advocate for women’s rights in 700 marches worldwide. Deeply impacted by the global demonstration, Yoo feels that women have a story that needs to be told.
As part of the launch, Yoo collaborated with 14 hand lettering artists including German illustrator Tobias Saul. When asked how he sees hand lettering differing from other forms of art, Tobias shares:
For me, hand lettering combines three different fields: type design, illustration, and graphic design. You have to know a lot of different type styles and how they are constructed. Additionally, you need drawing skills to bring them to paper. And, you have to be able to create different layouts and work with colors. This symbiosis of different graphic fields makes hand lettering so fascinating to me.
Tobias produced this quick timelapse video of his creation process, from start to finish. You can buy his artwork, in the form of t-shirts or art prints at Skylar Yoo, as well as enamel pins and temporary tattoos.
Below are some of the artworks, made by Tobias Saul and others, found exclusively at Skylar Yoo.
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“The Dynamic Media Institute (DMI) at MassArt appealed to me because it connects research, fine art, and design thinking within a studio environment. It was a perfect place for me to study because it allowed me to pursue my work in a deep way through focused courses and one-on- one mentorship.
My thesis, gameLAN 2.0, was inspired by my experience playing in a Javanese Gamelan ensemble. By linking the sounds of drums, xylophones and string instruments to a visual medium, gameLAN 2.0 allows simultaneous translation from sound to visual projections.
MassArt’s digital fabrication lab enabled me to design and construct the object through which users translate the traditional gamelan sounds in new ways while witnessing a visual manifestation of their efforts. MassArt continues to be a unique place to call home and I am grateful to be apart of our strong alumni community.”
— Bing Lin (Design/Dynamic Media MFA ’16)
Learn more at massart.edu/graduate-programs.
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For one day only in Los Angeles, a series of futuristic art installations and panels will bring together some of the brightest minds in art, entertainment, and technology. The Engadget Experience will be an opportunity to experience one-of-a-kind art exhibits and hear from the artists behind these projects. The Engadget Experience will take place at LA’s Ace Hotel on November 14th, and you can win tickets to be there.
To make The Engadget Experience happen, Engadget gave out the largest prizes ever in the field of immersive tech—$100,000 apiece to teams creating art from VR, artificial intelligence and even search results.
The artistic projects that will be part of the experience include:
— Dance with flARmingos, a mixed reality experience that features a interspecies dance between humans and flamingos. For artist Kristin Lucas, it’s an opportunity to depart from a human-centered worldview.
— Dinner Party, a virtual-reality thriller based on the true story of the Betty and Barney Hill UFO-abduction incident, the first nationally known UFO abduction in American history.
— Mapper’s Delight, a cultural tale representing worlds, experiences and gameplay told through hip-hop.
— Untrained Eyes, a conceptual technology project that takes its inspiration from observing the explicit bias that can be found during everyday image searches within Google and other public-image archives.
— Your Hands Are Feet, an interactive room-scale VR experience that places you in surreal realities made up of experiential metaphors.
Tickets for the Engadget Experience are on sale now at a temporarily reduced price, but one lucky reader can win two free tickets, plus a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel, a $1,000 airfare stipend and a collection of gadgets that includes the Amazon Echo, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Gear VR and a Smarthome automation bundle.
The Engadget Experience will take place at LA’s Ace Hotel on November 14th. Enter here to win tickets.
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The recently released World Turtle pendant has a unique feature: it is customizable and interchangeable. Switch between different enchanting worlds to personalize your World Turtle pendant. From waterfalls to winter scenes, coral reefs to blossoms, intricate worlds are artfully created inside the turtle’s geometric shell. The design allows light to shine through, refracting off the shell’s many facets.
These pendants take inspiration from Hindu, Chinese and Indigenous mythologies which tell of the world being found on the back of a turtle. The turtle seemed appropriate for this grand role due to its qualities: perseverance, longevity, and determination.
“We were completely inspired by these mythologies and knew we had to use them in our creations,” explains Secret Wood founder, Roman Wood. “There are so many beautiful landscapes on this Earth, the creative possibilities are endless.”
Much like Secret Wood’s rings, every piece is handmade and unique, ensuring a unique wearable experience. More turtle shell designs will be released in the future.
See more examples of the World Turtle on Secret Wood’s pre-order site. The pre-order for these pendants will run until October 18th, or until crafting capacity is reached.
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