Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Upcoming Gocco Demos

People had voiced an interest in more gocco demos:

-Megan will be doing one in her fibers class on monday between 2 and 5:30. Anyone is welcome to come check it out, email Megan if you have more questions.
-Jan will also be doing a short demo in her Design Like You Give a Damn class on tues. between 4 and 5:50.

Holiday Heap and Holiday Sale Work Deadline

On Monday Nov. 26 @ 6:30 we will have a meeting to jury work and go over pricing. All work for the sales are due at this meeting. As far as displays go people can attach their work to cards(cardstock.. etc.) for the Heap show, and for the TU sale we can do more extensive displays if people want.

Philly trip

$30 by the tuesday. nov 30 to reserve your spot

money will go towards transportation and hotel reservation. Any money not used for transportation will be refunded after the trip. Metals club is paying for the cost of the hotel, but we need to pay for it up fron t and then will be reimbursed later by the sga.
Alums are welcome to attend just get the deposit to rebecca by the 30th. my # 443-326-6329. i also live in the studio during the week.

admission for the show is $15. However, if we get a group of 10 people or more to give me $8 before friday we get admission for $8 your best bet is to bring it to class on thursday.

You will need to provide your own $ for food and miscellaneous goods.

We havn't worked out transportation yet.. depending on # of people we could carpool or take a bus.. suggestions?
the plan is to leave school at 8:30 on friday morning and well get back in town by 3 sat afternoon.

If you want to be added to a list email me at, but it won't be official until i get your money.
any questions feel free to contact me:-)

Meeting feedback

Thanks to everyone that came to the meeting last night!
The Demo was an awsome group effort, and I hope that people got some of the information they were looking for last night. It would be awsome if we could get little demos like that going on after every meeting, it doesn't have to be anything extensive. what do you guys think? what type of demos are people interested in? who would be interested in doing the next one? suggestions? maybe we could do a small demo on making cool clasps for chains? i know sometimes its h ard to make a cute s-hook.. does someone out there have a nice trick they could share?

i am looking forward to everyone getting involved. special thanks to Lizzy for working on getting the aprons togeather:-) p.s. we never did get a date set up for that. what do people think about having it november 20?

something else i forgot to mention last night- Holiday Ornaments for the sale! in the past there have been nights where people get togeather and make ornaments, i believe the club has a bunch of suff for that.. any interest? I know Megan has some super easy and awsome ornaments she makes and sells on her etsy site... check it out!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Workshop Idea

Here's an idea.....what if we invited (and paid) John Fix to come and do a one day/afternoon workshop on finishing (he is a master and this is something he prides himself on) and have him talk about how he packs his work for shipping to galleries? Workshop participants could bring work that they want finishing tips on......Thoughts?

I don't know how many of you have met or know John at all. He is a treasure. If you have an opportunity to take a workshop/class form him, do it!

He also is great at photographing work.....for those of you interested in that.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


I was just thinking about the Metals Club and how proud I am that it exists and how well it is growing and evolving. Great job, everyone who has contributed. At the Gocco demo we talked about making new aprons every year and using the Gocco to print them! Over the years we could all end up with a nice collection of studio aprons. We could also sell them! I think it might be nice to create a graphic element for the apron of the Metals Club's presidents' signatures over the years starting with the first one and each year ending with the current president's signature. It is a nice way to mark the history of the organization. Perhaps it could run along the bottom of the apron one year, down a side the next year, etc. I also thought about having each group of officers' signatures because truly is a group effort....but the amount of signatures/text would accumulate quickly and I am thinking nice graphic element. Whitney Staiger is a wiz with photoshop and illustrator.....

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

more gocco

Thanks again to Annie for a great gocco demo! I can't wait to see what everyone makes.

Great Fun!

Annie! Thank you so much for a great demo on the Gocco press last night. Gocco rocks!

So putting the studio Gocco into circulation.....
I would like students to purchase the expendables on their own: bulbs, inks, screens, etc. The press itself can live in the Metals Club cabinet.

Let's plan a field trip to The paper Source in Georgetown! And remember we can order online from the Papersource as well.

Happy Gocco!

Monday, October 1, 2007

gocco preview

in preparing for tonight's gocco demo, i wanted to show you some awesomely inspiring gocco work. look at all the amazing things you can do with this machine!
i am a newbie myself, and will only be able to show you the basic operation of this little gadget, but hopefully these images will spur some of those creative juices. see you tonight! (click on photos to see artist's shops)
(also see poppytalk's gocco picks!)

Heidi Lowe

Heidi Lowe has agreed to come visit us Monday and Tuesday the 12th and 13th of November to do a workshop and talk. I believe there is going to be a glass bead making workshop, I will have more information to give to everyone soon, but just thought I'd give a heads up.
Also I look forward to seeing everyone at our second meeting tonight!!! and theres going to be pizza and and Awsome gocco workshop by Annie. bring images if you have them, plain black and white will be great.

Fundraising Idea

One Laptop Per Child

I learned of this program when I first saw the Design for the Other 90% exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt in the spring of 2007. It has received a ton of press and is an interesting object/product and idea. There is a big push aimed at the public/individuals to launch this. Reading recent press about the push to launch this, I immediately put it on my charitable donations shortlist. Purchasing/donating to the cause is within many people's reach which brings me to the Metals Club: would the metals club consider this as its fundraising project?

Nicholas Negraponte, the person behind this, is the former director of the Media Lab at MIT, a position I believe he left to launch this program. Checkout the website at The software is open source which is also great.....Fuel the Revolution!