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!

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!

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!

 

 

 

Craft – skill in making

Hello readers! Another round of updates as things move along at Memoria Technica.

I just finished up a pretty long stretch of classes at the shop. David Lindow joined me in teaching three of these – our intermediate and advanced levels. The results are really inspiring. I love seeing all of the different combinations students come up with. Check out the little video clips at the bottom of the photos. They really show off the glittery optical effects of the guilloché. The photos were taken throughout the series of classes – from Beginner’s turning up through Advanced.



The Horological Lecture Series is going strong! On May 15th, I hosted the second lecture in the series at the Stimson Green Mansion with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, which was another sold out event. David gave his presentation: The History of the Rose Engine from Kings to Craftsmen. It was a beautiful evening and I am very thankful to David for giving such an in depth and fascinating talk. I hope you’ll join us for the next one in August, which will be delivered by Master Goldsmith and Horologist Philip Peck.


In between all of this and my bench work, I completed the second edition of the Sacred Geometry coloring book with Al Collins. I’m excited to say it is now available for purchase. This edition is a little more robust than the first with over 20 bonus pages. The front and back are finished in white foil. The back features the MADE lathe technical drawing, with the front embellished with the same pattern as the first edition, but in silver foil. The binding is a white metal spiral to match the foil and allows the book to lay flat. I’m surprised at how different it feels when compared with the first edition. I’m still working on the receipt book to incorporate the new patterns, but that will be finished soon for those of you interested in the recipes.


The shop was also featured in the local Seattle news. That was a lot of fun to put together with Malia Karlinksy of Seattle Refined.


And! last, but not least, come see me this Friday at Seattle’s chapter of Creative Mornings. If you’re not familiar with Creative Mornings, I highly recommend checking them out. They host a free monthly event with breakfast and a short talk featuring a creative theme, designed to get you up, inspired, and off to work on time. This month’s theme is Craft. I feel honored to be Seattle’s speaker.

Engine Turning Classes May 2018

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I’m excited to announce the latest schedule for engine turning classes is now up and registration is open!

Register HERE.


David Lindow will be coming out to teach intermediate and advanced classes with me this May after I start off the month with Beginner’s Turning. He will be bringing a Lindow Rose engine equipped with higher amplitude rosettes, allowing students to try a different machine and produce more dynamic patterns than what my Leinhards are currently capable of.

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David will also be giving the second lecture in the series at the Stimson-Green Mansion, entitled “The History of the Rose Engine from Kings to Craftsmen.”

Tickets now available HERE. 

About the series:

Lectures are held on a quarterly basis, the second Tuesday of the month, and are open to anyone with an interest in horology and decorative arts.

Join us for a journey through the history of science, art, and mechanical timekeeping. This series features guest speakers from many disciplines related to aspects of the horological field, including engine turning, mechanical magic, ornamental turning, celestial bodies and navigation, and the art of the goldsmith.

To submit topics you would like to explore or if you are interested in sponsoring the series, please contact us at: info@mechanicalcurios.com”


It’s not too late to become a sponsor of the series. All proceeds go to venue fees, speaker fees, as well as food & beverages. The series would not be possible without our sponsors! We are very grateful for the support. Check out our sponsorship packages HERE.