Hello Dear Readers!
I hope this finds you well. It’s hard to believe fall is already here. The summer seems to have passed in a blink. I love fall though – pumpkins and autumnal foliage abound, hence it’s that special time of year when we gather around to watch Over the Garden Wall.
Things at the workshop have been busy as usual with conservation work, guilloché commissions, and new making!
Following Segolene’s visit and work on Alphonsine, I found myself attempting to finish a project two years in the making! My first automaton.
I just returned from New York where I introduced the first automaton in my Medieval Bestiary series, Cochlea (Snail), as part of an exhibition on Craft at the Museum of Arts & Design. It will be on display there until March of 2019 – so if you’re in the New York area stop by! Here are a few photos and videos of it, as well as a short video from the opening night (I was pretty stoked!).
Thanks so much to the Horological Society of New York for their coverage of the exhibition!
Mechanical Mysteries | The Maillardet Automaton : Andrew Baron
I hope I’ve sparked your interest in learning more about automata. You won’t want to miss the final lecture in the Horological Lecture Series coming up on November 13th. Also held at the beautiful Stimson Green Mansion, this lecture promises to entertain adults and youngsters alike.
Clockmaker and paper engineer Andrew Baron will be discussing his work on the Maillardet writing and drafting automaton at the Franklin Institute. This iconic machine was the inspiration behind the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the Oscar winning motion picture Hugo. Tickets and sponsorship available here.
Join us for an evening of horological enchantment, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and petit fours.
Tickets available here.
Mechanical Mysteries | The Maillardet Automaton : Andrew Baron
New Horology Pins in the Memoria Technica Pin Line!
Two new enamel pins are coming to the shop soon, as well as the next edition of the workshop zine! For those of you subscribers, keep an eye on your post box in the following weeks.
To commemorate the first automaton in the bestiary series, I decided to make a limited run hard enamel pin of Cochlea.
This pin is 35mm across and comes in nickel with white enamel and screen printed detail.
Cochlea Pin | USA
This limited edition black nickel and white hard enamel pin with screen printed detail comes in at 35mm across and is finished with two pin backs and the Memoria Technica logo on the back. A celebration of the automaton by Brittany N Cox, she is super proud of it and basically couldn’t stop herself from making a super cute pin version. Pin: $10 + $3 shipping
Cochlea Pin | International
This limited edition black nickel and white hard enamel pin with screen printed detail comes in at 35mm across and is finished with two pin backs and the Memoria Technica logo on the back. A celebration of the automaton by Brittany N Cox, she is super proud of it and basically couldn’t stop herself from making a super cute pin version. Pin: $10 + $8 shipping
The second pin has been in the works for some time and celebrates Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin’s marvelous mechanical orange tree trick. This soft enamel pin with green glitter detail has all the action of the original trick with vanishing and appearing handkerchief to boot!
Clockmaker & Magician Robert Houdin’s Orange Tree Pin | USA
This limited edition hard enamel pin with green glitter detail comes in at 62mm tall, as the handkerchief emerges. Just as in real life, as Houdin’s tree would produce a handkerchief carried by two butterflies, the pin features a movable component that conjures the past in the same fashion. As if appearing from the tree itself, the handkerchief rises to reveal the ring (or other article) vanished by the famous magician. The handkerchief can be worn in the up or down position. Pin $15 + $3 shipping
Clockmaker & Magician Robert Houdin’s Orange Tree Pin | International
This limited edition hard enamel pin with green glitter detail comes in at 62mm tall, as the handkerchief emerges. Just as in real life, as Houdin’s tree would produce a handkerchief carried by two butterflies, the pin features a movable component that conjures the past in the same fashion. As if appearing from the tree itself, the handkerchief rises to reveal the ring (or other article) vanished by the famous magician. The handkerchief can be worn in the up or down position. Pin $15 + $8 shipping
Sacred Geometry – Second Edition!
Al Collins and I went back to the drawing machine to add 17 patterns to the original book, making a total of 88 unique patterns. This is another limited run of 300. Now available for purchase here.
Publications, Print & Media
Keeper of Time Documentary
I’m excited to announce, I’ve been asked to be in a feature length documentary film called Keeper of Time. Documentary filmmaker Michael Culyba sets out to explore the history of horology, mechanical watchmaking, and the very concept of time itself. With interviews by watchmakers Roger W. Smith, Roland Murphy, F. P. Journe, and more! Check out the kickstarter and live events happening tomorrow here! I’ve made a few perks for backers, so if you’ve had your eye on a guilloché pen or pencil set, spinning top or the coloring book, check out the sponsorship packages.
Makers & Mystics Podcast
I also recently had the pleasure of discussing a few unique facets of horology with Stephen Roach of the Makers and Mystics podcast. If you’re like me and listen to way too many podcasts and want to learn more about magic, automata and more check out the episode here.
The Naked Watchmaker
People: 12 Questions Interview Series
I was excited to give this interview, as it gave me a chance to talk about a few of the challenges and experiences in my career. It also delved a bit into my childhood, so have a read if you’ve ever been curious to know why I turned out so strange.
Last, but not least, I am still working on my book for Penguin. I was given the opportunity to expand on the original outline, incorporating a lot more history and esoteric facets of this field I love with all my heart. As always, I can’t wait to share it with you, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted as a publication date nears!
Thank you so much dear readers for your continued support and encouragement. I couldn’t do this work without kind folks like you who share my love for horology.
12 thoughts on “In a Snail Shell”
Dearest Brittany……this was so very interesting…..thought I knew so much about your childhood since your grandfather and I were right here in the same city and “baby sat” you so often…..but really learned a lot of new things that we didn’t know before…..like those 4 things on your “Bucket List”. I hope you succeed in doing everything on that list, if that is truly what you desire! Just sorry we won’t be around to witness your doing them! You have already accomplished so very much in your short life time, we know you will succeed in much, much more in the future. Keep “plugging, jugging along” in the future, even though sometimes things look so very difficult. With love, Grandma and Grandpa.
Hi Grandma! Well I’m so glad you read the interview – I hope you enjoyed it. Your love and support always means the world to me. Love you both! Britt x
Such a beautiful and clever piece! I am in love with it! Congratulations on your exhibit! You have such a wonderful sense of artistry.
Thank you so much Dianne! It’s an incredible feeling to have something go from being an abstract idea in my mind to an almost living breathing thing. I’m so glad you enjoy it!
Oh the little cameo, thanks so much ! Made me feel all nostalgic. And I have been speaking about Over the Garden Wall to everyone here !
Ha of course! I’m so glad you loved Over the Garden Wall. Miss having you at the shop!!
What a wonderful artist you are! Thank you for sharing your masterpiece with us. I adore your bunny-snail automaton!
Thanks Janet! Much appreciated. I’m so glad you love the rabbit snail!
Congratulations Brittany. Quite the honor having your work in a show like this. Best wishes—AC
Thanks Al! It is indeed. I am so glad it gives me the opportunity to share ornamental turning and automata with a wider audience.
Sooo cool! I am bummed that we missed you a couple weeks ago. Keep at it. best wishes,
Yeah it’s too bad we missed each other! I hope our paths cross again soon! Thanks for all of the encouragement Mostyn!