Upcoming Classes & Seattle’s Museum of Museums

Happy fall ! The summer seems to have left without saying goodbye. After so much sunshine, I’m always happy for the rain, but today I find myself wishing for one last blue sky.  This has been a busy summer with many changes and some exciting projects coming through the shop.



A new schedule of engine turning classes is up for this fall! I have a few openings in my beginner’s and intermediate classes. Check out the sign up details here. The beginner’s class offers a good foundation, while the intermediate builds on previous experience and demonstrates the use of attachments and chucks to create objects. The next round of classes will be some time in the spring of 2020.


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In other news, Seattle has a new museum opening next February! This is the work of local artist Greg Lundgren, one of Seattle’s most active champions of the arts. Museum of Museums, or MoM for short, will be a contemporary art space with rotating exhibitions, class offerings (some taught by yours truly), a wonderful & whimsical shop selling a highly curated selection of 63 objects and more, an entirely separate museum in miniature,  the Shaun Kardinal Art Museum (SKAM), as well as many other gems (such as the make out closet!). You can read all about the project here.

I’m excited to announce that I will be part of the opening show in February along with some other incredible artists. Collaborating curators, Greg Lundgren & Bri Luna, are sure to build a show filled with magic and enchantment. Stay tuned for more details! I’ll be showing Cochlea (and who knows what else!).

 

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At MoM while under construction with fellow artist Jana Brevick 

 


 

And last but not least! I’m headed to Los Angeles to give a talk at the Museum of Jurassic Technology on November 24th along with a showing of Cochlea! Come say hi!

Coloring Book Contest & Classes


✨Hey all! I’m excited to share my upcoming summer class schedule and a little contest that I’ve launched✨

Please join me for some fun classes this summer and fall at Memoria Technica. I’m offering beginner’s and intermediate engine turning, as well as a specialty engine turning class with visiting tutor Phillip Peck! Check out the schedule and details here.

 


For those of you who have the Sacred Geometry coloring book – this contest will be easy! For those of you that don’t – it’s still pretty easy. Details below.

I am also offering $3 USA expedited shipping on the coloring book for the duration of the contest!


The Sacred Geometry Coloring book Gallery & Contest launch

If you have a Sacred Geometry coloring book, color your favorite page and post your design online, through Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, tag a friend and briefly tell us what your ideal summer day is. If you don’t have the book you can get one here or download a blank page from the coloring book to color and submit.

For Twitter, you must tweet your entry @BrittanyNicoCox

For Instagram, you must tag @nicocurio

For Facebook, you must tag the Memoria Technica and MADE lathe facebook pages

and use the following hashtags:

  1. #memoriatechnica
  2. #MADElathe
  3. #guilloché
  4. #coloringbook
  5. #sacredgeometry

Your entry must be posted up by July 22nd!

You don’t have to be a winner to be a part of our Gallery though. All entries will be posted up in the Gallery on Madelathe.com when the winner is announced!


Now for the best part – THE PRIZES!

1st Prize: Deluxe Summer Day Kit

You will receive a copy of the Sacred Geometry coloring book 2nd Edition, a one-off nickel silver guilloché spinning top set of two that comes in a handmade green leather carrying case with sharpener and extra pencils, and a rainbow cellophane twirler toy (!).


 

2nd Prize: Summer Afternoon 

You will receive a one-off silvered and oxidized brass guilloché spinning top with muslin carrying bag, extra pencils, and a sharpener.


3rd Prize: Summer Sparkle 

You will receive one of my favorite toys of all time! A rainbow cellophane twirler toy.


The winner will be announced July 26th on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

Good luck!

 

Engine Turning this April

Read class descriptions and register here

If you’ve wanted to come learn engine turning (guilloché) work, now is the time! With both Beginner’s and Intermediate classes you can immerse yourself across two sessions to make a watch dial, pen, pencil, rings and more or just dive into the history, technique and pattern development.

 

Check out photos of previous sessions .

Read class descriptions and register here!

And of course, if you have any questions feel free to reach out or comment below.

Hope to see you soon!

In a Snail Shell

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.


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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

$13.00

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

$18.00

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

$18.00

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

$23.00


 

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.

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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.

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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.

Summer Solstice at the Cooper Hewitt

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Engraving from Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens (1618)

Hi All! A quick note about an event coming up this Saturday at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Come join me in New York to explore how design has played a roll in how we engage with time. I’ll be presenting alongside Emily Orr, Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at the @CooperHewitt, Lana Sutherland, CEO at @TeaLeavesco, & Albert Shum, CVP of design at @Microsoft. A live stream will also be available during the event for those of you who want to tune in.

Join us for conversation after the event over a cup of tea! 

The day’s festivities start at 10am and run into the night, ending at 9pm. You can register for the Solstice activities here.

Hope to see you there!