Heineken Brewlock Custom Bar Popup - Stainless steel, Acrylic, old barnwood and Laminate. This mini bar with themed back wall were part of a custom build for Heineken at Xylem Design. I built the CAD model to exact specifications to show to the client and then turned it into shop drawings for CNC and the production floor. I also lasercut the lettering myself, and helped to build and detail the entire set.
Heineken BottleRock Popup bar with pallet wall - 3/4" Plywood with laminate and brushed aluminum facing. This popup bar was designed to be easily transportable and collapsible. It folds in on itself to protect the facing in transit, and was used at the BottleRock outdoor music festival in Napa Valley.
Whole Foods Interactive Retail Display - 8' x 2.5' x 2' : pilot store installation. Oil painted baltic birch, polycarbonate, steel, brass, and unicorn tears. It's goal is to illustrate responsible farming practices through an interactive farm landscape.
Levers at the bottom make each of seven sections of the landscape rise up from behind the hills, and animate one important aspect of responsible farming practices in wooden pieces.
This piece is the second iteration of the radial zen garden, but is a fundamentally more manual experience. It turned out to function much like a giant radial "Etch-a-sketch" might. The user turns the table top with one hand in either direction, and turns the radius crank wheel with the other, creating a path with the moving steel ball. This contraption may be the perfect mandala maker.
Automated Zen Garden
Slow, meditative clockwise movement with a light grinding hum - that is the sound of this garden lulling viewers into fascination and discovery. Variously sized steel balls can be placed in the sand, and when the motor is turned on they spring to life carving concentric rings. Stainless steel, flexible wood, fine white sand. Currently building version 3!
Automated Zen Garden
Cast iron, glass, steel, brass, marble.
If one walks up, puts their face up to this reflective face, and looks through the eye with their eye, they will see another face on a tiny coin. That's right... it's a recursive loop! Turns out that consciousness is made of the stuff! There are also related themes present in this work such as biological components as mechanisms of self, and internal vs. external structure. The concept was Inspired by my favorite book: Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.
Secret Knock Box Video
Knock Box Internal
Reed Switch LED Tie Light
Working faucet turns on lamp!
An afternoon at a coffee shop and a curiosity for expanded table surface unfolded as a journey into how to build wooden mechanisms. Baltic birch, copper, and brass with steel pivot. This one is a half scale model, but version 2.0 at full scale is in the works!
Video coming soon!
Odds, ends, bits & bobs
Here is a collection of fun pieces that I've built that seem to deserve a nice little place in the portfolio. All hand fabricated, and most have moving parts. Quite a variety of processes seen here as well, including: rolling, etching, soldering, piercing, riveting, stone setting, spring lock mechanism, spring hinge, stamping, and chasing.
This page features some of the kinetic and mechanical jewelry I've built. I love movement and interactivity, so these pieces were a blast to design. Enjoy!
The Ring of Pompey Magnus
Sterling Silver, Nickel, Copper, Brass, Spring Steel
This ring, when worn and depressed on a surface, has a face (Pompey's signet) that raises and flips over to display the second face which celebrates Cleopatra's new reign over Egypt.
The story behind the ring:
Caesar and Pompey had their final showdown at the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC. The fighting was bitter for both sides but eventually was a decisive victory for Caesar. Like all the other conservatives, Pompey had to run for his life. He met his wife Cornelia and his son Sextus Pompeius on the island of Mytilene. He then wondered where to go next. The decision of running to one of the eastern kingdoms was overruled in favor of Egypt.
After his arrival in Egypt, Pompey's fate was decided by the counselors of the young king Ptolemy XIII. While Pompey waited offshore for word, they argued the cost of offering him refuge with Caesar already en route for Egypt. It was decided to murder Caesar's enemy to ingratiate themselves with him. On September 29, his 58th birthday, the great Pompey was lured toward a supposed audience on shore in a small boat in which he recognized two old comrades-in-arms, Achillas and Lucius Septimius. They were to be his assassins. While he sat in the boat, studying his speech for the king, they stabbed him in the back with sword and dagger. After decapitation, the body was left, contemptuously unattended and naked, on the shore. His freedman, Philipus, organized a simple funeral pyre and cremated the body on a pyre of broken ship's timbers.
Caesar arrived a short time afterwards. As a welcoming present he received Pompey's head and ring in a basket. However, he was not pleased in seeing his rival, a consul of Rome and once his ally and son-in-law, murdered by traitors. When a slave offered him Pompey's head, "he turned away from him with loathing, as from an assassin; and when he received Pompey's signet ring on which was engraved a lion holding a sword in his paws, he burst into tears" (Plutarch, Life of Pompey 80). He deposed Ptolemy XIII, executed his regent Pothinus, and elevated Ptolemy's sister Cleopatra VII to the throne of Egypt. Caesar gave Pompey's ashes and ring to Cornelia, who took them back to her estates in Italy.
Flippable Signet Rings
These 18k gold rings were made as a commission as "his and hers" pieces to commemorate a family (monogram) and their family business (logo seal). They feature either side the wearer would like, as the signets flip. They also would work as real wax-seal signets.
Triple Rotation Geared Rings
These rings began with the goal of translating bodily movements into kinetic movement in a piece of jewelry. If the gear around the ring is turned or rolled on a surface, the two gears on top of the ring rotate in opposing directions. The first version was hand fabricated from brass grandfather clock movement gears, sterling silver, copper, and tigerseye.
The second version was modeled in CAD, 3D printed in wax, and then lost wax cast in bronze and riveted together.
Work by my Amazing Students
This page features some of the most excellent making and building that my students have done. These are mostly prototypes and proof of concept builds with inventive interactivity and gadgetry.
In order of appearance:
Working Laser Harp
Sound & Motion Reactive "Love Cube"
Card Spitting Heart Scepter for The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (2 great videos samples!)
Light up/Color changing 3D printed time piece for the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland
Gesture controlled toy car
3D printed time traveling game with working planetary gear set
3D printed dragon puppet that sits on the arm
Fabricated and etched copper band rings
Light up mechanical flower for Alice in Wonderland (with video sample)
3D printed light up, color changing unicorn horn for Alice in Wonderland (video sample of theater reveal)
Large color changing glow mushroom for the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland
Voice-activated virtual personal assistant
Wrist wearable personal health data & analytics interface
Strike-activated light up fighting sticks for A Midsummer Night's Dream
3D printed Glowing Dagger for A Midsummer Night's Dream
Glowing flower with expanding petals for a Midsummer Night's Dream