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Maker Art: (Another) Opening Tonight in Pilsen

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My knitted-circuit artwork, Electronic Damask, was in a gallery show, NoFi, at Chicago Artists Coalition, October 24 – Nov 13. The piece was a collaborative effort, put together through the volunteer efforts of close to two dozen PS:One members. PS:One really represented at the Oct 24 opening, and I managed to drag most of us in front of the camera for a group photo with the artwork. (Thanks to Everett for the photo!)

If you missed the fun that night, you’re in luck. Electronic Damask has already been tapped for another show, and with an opening tonight in Pilsen, from 6 – 10pm.

This show should be of particular interest to PS:One members. It’s called Technologic and it “celebrates making art through technology”. It features some amazing stuff made with 3D printers, LCD screens, CNC watercolor painting, and of course a certain knitted e-textile.

The gallery, Chicago Art Department, is located at 1932 W Halsted in East Pilsen’s Chicago Art District (#8 Halsted bus runs right past it). Tonight’s opening coincides with the district’s 2nd Fridays gallery night, so there will be other openings all over the neighborhood.

You can find preview photos of the show on the facebook page. Full info is below. The show runs until December 6.

TECHNOLOGIC
curated by Chuck Przybyl

Friday, Nov 14, 6-10pm

An exhibition that celebrates making art through technology. Work featured will include robotic drawing, 3D printing, laser cutting, textile circuitry, algorithmic art, image slicing, circuit bending, and prosthetics. Although often unsung – artists having access to new technologies has historically pushed and propelled creative endeavors. The exciting new technologies of today have been pushing the overall culture of DIY and propelling the Maker Movement. This is a participatory culture that embraces tools and empowers masses of people to innovate and create. Technologic explores and showcases not only how art is currently being produced with new tools, but how fringe technologies can be used in progressive and cutting edge ways.
Viewers also have an opportunity to “go deeper” to gain further insight through series of discussions and workshops as well information on the processes at the exhibit.

Technologic is curated by Chuck Przybyl for Chicago Art Department.
Artists: Tom Burtonwood, Christopher Furman, Harvey Moon, Luftwerk, Jesse Seay, Nathan Davis, Christopher Breedlove, Christian Oiticica, Leo Selvaggio, Antoine Kattar, and Russell Prather

Opening Reception Nov. 14 – 6-10 PM
3D Printing Workshop with Tom Burtonwood Saturday Nov – 15 – 2-5 PM
Panel Discussion  Saturday Nov – 22 – 2-5 PM
Chicago Art Department – 1932 S. Halsted St. Suite 100 Chicago IL 60622 USA

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11 2014

PS:One Knitting Pattern

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I’ve been tinkering with a knitting pattern based on the PS:One logo. This one knits up easily on our electronic machine, with a minimum of long floats. Find the pattern below– feel free to improvise and improve on it!

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11 2014

Solder Party

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Saturday’s Solder Party was fantastic! We got all the circuit boards trimmed and tinned.

I’m thinking of doing this again for future projects (and I’m looking for circuit knit ideas and collaborators!). A few things I learned from Saturday’s event that will be helpful:

  • Removing the scrap wire  beforehand would be helpful and/or we need better diagonal cutters in the lab.
  • A piece of cardboard behind the board keeps flux off the table, and provides a guide for blocking the knit.
  • Boards to practice on would be helpful. Also, wetting down the boards will prevent scorch marks.
  • We have replacement soldering iron tips in the lab.
  • Bacon really is the best pizza topping and La Villa is the Pizza In A Bag place.

We didn’t get everything done, so I’m hanging out in the lab this week to finish. (Jay Hopkins apparently has become addicted to soldering knit circuit boards, and has been working on them even when I’m not around! Thanks, Jay!)

Everett took great pictures. I’ve posted a few here but you can find the entire album on our Meet Up page. Please visit, and tag yourselves!

 

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10 2014

Solder Party this Saturday

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This Saturday I’m celebrating my birthday with a solder party in the PS:One Electronics Lab. Everyone is invited to join me in building a large electronic art work for my upcoming gallery show No-Fi, at Chicago Artists Coalition.

There’ll be pizza, cake, drinks, and lots of knitted circuit boards. Come any time and stay as long as you like. We’ll be there til we run out of things to solder and/or food. Please RSVP on Meet Up so we can plan ahead.

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10 2014

Intro to Arduino Workshop

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Women’s Electronics Workshop: Intro to Arduino is scheduled for Sunday August 24, 2-5pm. Register on the Meet Up page. Here’s the blurb:

Learn to program Arduino using the ATtiny85, a $2 chip that’s perfect for simple projects. You’ll receive your own Tiny Programmer ($20) which uploads your code to the chip, and your first ATtiny85.

We’ll cover basic Arduino syntax, controlling LEDs, and using a photocell as a sensor. You’ll also learn about the best online resources for teaching yourself more Arduino.

***The ATtiny85 is the same chip that powers boards like the Trinket and the Gemma. To learn more about making your own wearable Arduino with the ATtiny85, check out this instructable (pictured above).***

Cost:

Workshop fee: $30

Materials fee: $30
Requirements:

-BYOB: Bring your own breadboard. If you did the circuit building workshop, you should have one already. Please bring it with you.

-laptop with Arduino and ATtiny Support installed and USB port

This workshop is for participants who identify as female or genderqueer.

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Jesse Seay About the instructor: Jesse Seay is a professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches electronic art in the Audio Arts & Acoustics Dept. She has an MFA from SAIC and an MA in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Find her work online at www.jesseseay.com and blog.jesseseay.com.

 

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08 2014

Women’s Electronics Workshop: Circuit Building on August 3

 

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Sunday, August 3, 1-5pm

Take a circuit from diagram to breadboard to finished project.

– Learn to Solder

– Read circuit diagrams

– Breadboard a circuit

– Design an LED circuit and solder it to perfboard.

Time: 4 hours
Price: $40
Materials fee: $10
Pre-reqs: none

This workshop is for participants who identify as female or genderqueer. Open to both members and non-members of Pumping Station: One.

Taught by Jesse Seay of Columbia College

Register for the workshop at the Women’s Electronics Workshop Meet Up Page.

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07 2014

Women’s Electronics Workshops

Our first round of Women’s Electronics Workshops were a huge hit!

I’ve had several requests for more events like this, so I’ve created a Meet Up page for it. Please join it if you’d like to participate.

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06 2014

Women’s Electronics Workshops: June 21 and 28

 

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Pumping Station: One has partnered with Chicago Women Developers to offer two introductory electronics classes Saturdays June 21 & June 28, 10am to 2pm.

The workshops are $32 for PS:One members, $42 for non-members. Participants who attend both classes will receive a $10 rebate. Registration is available through the CWD meetup page. Or click on the name of each workshop below to go to the event Meetup page. In the upper right hand corner of the page, you can join and RSVP in order to register and pay through PayPal.

The workshops are separate — you can attend #2 without attending #1. (PS:One members will receive their discount as a rebate when they attend the workshop.)

Lunch will be provided for both workshops.

These workshops are for people who don’t identify as male; people who identify as female or queer are welcome.

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Workshop #1: Electronics Bootcamp

A hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of electronic circuits.

  • Make a battery
  • Draw a resistor
  • Introduction to:LEDs, Resistors, Capacitors, Transistors, Switches
  • Use multimeters to measure DC voltage, resistance, continuity
  • Build multiple circuits to demonstrate each component, using Snap Circuits

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Workshop #2:  Circuit Building

Take a circuit from diagram to breadboard to finished project.

  • Introduction to soldering tools
  • Learn to Solder
  • Reading circuit diagrams
  • Breadboarding a circuit
  • Design and solder a wearable circuit bracelet (with LEDs and battery)

If you’re interested in coming, but can’t for financial reasons please contact CWD to apply for a scholarship.

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Jesse Seay About the instructor: Jesse Seay is a professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches electronic art in the Audio Arts & Acoustics Dept. She has an MFA from SAIC and an MA in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Find her work online at www.jesseseay.com and blog.jesseseay.com.

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06 2014

Knitting Machine Workshop

Threading the tension masts

Threading the tension masts

Carl, Nathan, and David

Carl, Nathan, and David

Tension Swatching

Tension Swatching

Sheila on the chunky machine

Sheila on the chunky machine

Two Brother knitting machines: the chunky 230, the standard 930

Two Brother knitting machines: the chunky 230, the standard 930

 

Patrick can't resist..

Patrick can’t resist.

 

Because why wouldn't you carry a knitting machine on a bicycle when it's 20 degrees outside?

Because why wouldn’t you carry a knitting machine on a bicycle when it’s 20 degrees outside?

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12 2013

Giant Coil Sculpture at Hyde Park Art Center

 

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You may have seen me (with amazing help from Madeleine Klichowski, Dan Locks, Matt Triano, and Pipefitter Dave) hard at work on some very curious looking objects (like a giant coil) in the shop and electronics lab. Well, finally, we’re done– it’s new kinetic sculpture and it’s now installed at the Hyde Park Art Center, for a group show opening Saturday, Aug 10, with a reception from 3-5pm.

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The show will also feature a 10 foot wide version of Red Rubber Bands (pictured below in smaller form). The new version looks AWESOME (and I’ll be sharing photos as soon as I get them).

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Even more fun, Maker Camp interviewed me about the sculptures this week. (Also participating, circuit bender Patrick McCarthy.)

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So, if you’re around Hyde Park tomorrow, please stop by the reception from 3-5pm. Or come check it out any time during normal gallery hours til September 21, when we’ll close the show with a public critique.

(If you’d like more info on my sculpture, check out my website.)

Cheers!

Jesse Seay

 

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08 2013