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.

Newsletter & Classes!

Let me start by saying, very best wishes for the New Year!

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The exciting news is that I have finally put together some class dates! Student numbers are very small this time around based on student feedback. We’ve set the limit at 4 to 6 people per class – so everyone gets more time on the machines and more one on one tuition. David Lindow will be  joining me in March for some advanced level classes. See class descriptions and sign up here!

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I’ve Published a Book!

Gosh – can you believe it? Well, I hardly can…I’m so very excited to announce the publication of  Sacred Geometry – a 16th Century Coloring Book.

In an effort to engage a more diverse group of individuals with the incredible designs the rose engine can generate, I approached ornamental turner Al Collins with the idea of a coloring book. Seeing that these patterns could be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, I wanted to seize on the opportunity of the coloring book boom and found the perfect platform! In this highly accessible form, I hope turners and enthusiasts might take the opportunity to share these designs with others and their loved ones. The symmetry of the patterns drawn on paper to those turned on a box are made clear and the art form relatable to a broader audience. It is my hope this unique compilation will spark both inspiration and curiosity in equal measure.

– Here are some photos of the original machine drawings –

It was quite the challenge researching publishing platforms, papers weights, bindings, etc. Eventually I settled on self publishing and worked with Evolution Press for the covers & Abracadabra printers in Seattle. There were many proofs and edits along the way – such as ordering and pairing the patterns and picking out the binding.

 

Now that all is said and done, I’m really happy with the results!

The front and back covers are letterpress. The front features a pattern from the book in copper – imitating the optical properties of guilloche work. The back displays a letterpress of the MADE lathe technical drawing. The binding is copper wire, allowing the book to lay flat as you color. The 72 unique patterns are printed on 180lb uncoated white paper – so your coloring utensils won’t bleed through and colors stay true. The book is limited to 300 copies and was handmade here in Seattle, Washington! Keeping it local!

For the technically interested, I’ve put together a book of receipts. This lists the steps for how to generate each pattern in the book on the MADE lathe or similar patterns on any rose engine.

And because I’m so excited about this project and wanted to offer something super special, I compiled a limited special edition of the book – hand signed by the authors + the MADE lathe team. It includes the book of receipts, a hand dyed copper, cotton tote bag, a set of colored pencils, and an engine turned bookmark – all hand made at the Memoria Technica Workshop. They are hand numbered & limited to 24 copies.

If you’d like to snag one – they’re available here!

You can see photos of the finished version below along with some photos of the special edition perks – like an engine turned bookmark I made.