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    • 22 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    This workshop is part of our partnership with The Furniture Society and their FS Connects Summer programming.  Click this link to REGISTER FOR COOPERING with Phoebe Kuo (this will take you to The Furniture Society website.)

    Coopering, a technique traditionally used to make buckets and barrels, has been adapted to other contexts with exciting results. In furniture and sculpture, coopering allows us to construct custom curves without the use of steam, heat, or force.

    In this class, we will look at diverse examples of coopering used by contemporary craftspeople, both in wood and across other mediums. We will talk about the conceptual potentials of coopering, and how the instructor uses this technique to propose alternative narratives around space, power, and belonging. Finally, she will show how she creates her work in her compact apartment studio with minimal machinery.

    This class is part of our partnership with The Furniture Society and their FS Connects Summer programming.

    All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    A Workshop of Our Own (WOO) is a non-profit safe space for woodworking skill-sharing for underrepresented genders.  Class enrollment is usually limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying people, but now and then we extend that safe space to all. This is an ALL GENDERS class.  Welcome!

    All class times are in U.S. Eastern Time.

    Phoebe Kuo (pronounced “quo”) is a studio woodworker who makes site-specific sculpture using traditional furnituremaking techniques. She was born in Lompoc, California, to Taiwanese-American mathematicians, and grew up navigating hybrid identities, which she continues to explore as a queer artist of color. She received her MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a certificate in Fine Woodworking from The Krenov School, and her BS in Product Design from Stanford University. She currently lives in Evanston, IL, where she enjoys swimming in Lake Michigan.

    See more images of her work below, or by visiting her website phoebekuo.com or on her instagram @pfebes

    • 29 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    Ever wondered what CAD stood for? (It's Computer Aided Design!)

    CAD programs, like RHINO3D, can be used to test design ideas or models to see how they'll look in 3D.  CAD programs also allow you to create objects that you can either print yourself or send to manufacturers to produce!

    This class will start by describing the process of using CAD software, from concept to printing, as well as how it has been used in many of Vivian Beer's own past projects.

    Together with Vivian, students will be led through step-by-step instructions as we create a printable flat file version of WOO's eye-bolt logo!  This process will familiarize our students with some basic commands in RHINO, work through a little troubleshooting, and review how to prepare and check your file before you send it out to be cut!

    Materials needed: If you want to work along with Vivian, you will need a fully functioning FREE demo version of RHINO 3D software, which can be downloaded for PC or Mac here: https://www.rhino3d.com/download

    Please note:

    • The demo version is for 90 days.
    • We will send you a reminder 7 days before the class (Friday July 23rd) in case you haven’t downloaded it yet!
    • Make sure your computer has enough memory to run the program.

    All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection, and the free demo version of RHINO for your operating system!

    WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying folks over the age of 18.

    All class times are in U.S. Eastern Time.

    Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England. Her sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines the aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary design, craft, and sculpture to create objects that alter viewers’ expectations of and interface with the domestic landscape.

    Her work is in the many collections, including; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design, The Fuller Craft Museum, The Currier Museum of Art, The Greg Museum of Art, The Driehaus Museum, The Columbus Museum, The Metal Museum and the cities of Portland Maine, Cambridge Massachusetts, Arlington Virginia, University of Maine and Davidson Colleges. She holds an undergraduate degree from Maine College of Art and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy where she was the 2017 Sabbatical replacement for Resident Artist/Professor in the 3D Design Department. Beer has held numerous residencies including at the Penland School of Crafts, Museum of Glass, Pilchuck and the Wingate Artist Residencies at Purchase College, San Diego State University and UW-Madison. She was a 2014 recipient of a Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, the 2016 winner of the Ellen Degeneres’ Design Challenge and was named a 2017 USA fellow.

    She exhibits, lectures and teaches workshops throughout the US.

    See more images of her work below, or by visiting her website vivianbeer.com or on her instagram @vivian_beer

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Sundays 12-6pm


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