Friday, February 14, 2014

artschool I/O

This week we launched a new group for hackers and makers at GSA, called artschool I/O. Check out the public wiki here, which has a growing wealth of resources, both online and local.
The group currently meets on a weekly basis - if you are at GSA and want to be kept up to date, join the Blackboard community here (you'll need to be logged in).

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013

Setting up a Raspberry Pi

Still some places left on tomorrow's MAKlab workshop! Click the image for booking.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Laser engraved and painted signage instructable

I just put up an Instructable describing the production method for the Tchai Ovna sandwich boards here.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Tchai Ovna sandwich boards

I was commissioned to make new sandwich boards for the Tchai Ovna House of Tea, a business which I have been orbiting and landing at in various forms all the time I've been in Glasgow..

For these we went for a method of painting that would allow me to do a batch of 6 panels as easily and efficiently as possible, whilst providing a very high finish. Whilst I'd like to learn hand brushed calligraphy for signwriting, I've not done it yet! So here we have 6 panels of 18mm spruce ply, laser engraved by Flux Laser Studio to 2mm depth, back filled with acrylic paint in 3 different colours, and then sanded back to reveal the sharp edges of the engraving. This is a method I learnt from the students in Dundee, clever chaps. They were then finished with wood preserver and yacht varnish, plus galvanised and stainless steel fixings. Not shown here, I gave the feet of the panels some little inner tube rubber booties, to repel the puddles..

The lasering process means the layout is on file and the boards can be reproduced very easily when they inevitably reach the end of their life or are half inched by the west end student contingent, of which I am a proud alumni!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Big N for Nilk

Last week was Nilk, the finest day of music and arts to be had in Dundee's Botanic Gardens. I was asked to make a big decorative N for the event - I ended up making one inspired by box kites, to be hung from a tree. Here it is rigged up in the courtyard of the studios:

The form is a bit of a geometric fun: the N is viewable from both the front and below, thanks to Rhinoceros, Boolean intersections and the UnrollSrf command, which can lay out all faces of a 3D object flat for you to make cutting patterns from!

The thing is constructed out of ripstop nylon offcuts (from the magnificent GPA) and bamboo stakes (from the gardening shop), sewn and cable-tied together, plus a little insulation tape. Many thanks to Fergus for his advice here, I'd never have guessed that insulation tape sticks so well to bamboo and not to nylon! 

I couldn't make it up there for the day sadly, so I made an Instructable as installation instructions here.

Another photo instructable gives an account of the making of here.

Some more photos from the installation:

Upcoming workshops at MAKlab

Some new workshops we (Myself, Aziz and Delphine) are coordinating at MAKlab over the next few weeks, including Using the Terminal in OSX and linux, Have a Go at 3D Printing, Make  Robot Bug and Toy Hacking workshops!
Check them out at