Call For Artists Application Launch March 30th, 2016

The original business framework of Studio Visuals,  the gallery was based on renting the whole 700 square feet of space to a single artist. That type of buisness model is no longer sustainable in the era of the online store and this morphed economy. Regardless of technology, market research shows that people are still very much interested in  products which they can touch &  feel.  Inspired by other arts marketplaces in the downtown core  who boast of waiting list of artists, we feel there is capacity and a market  for artists to interact in a actual physical space in a  community.  Studio Visuals is  the brick  and mortar space where2 Hands Create.art market space  will be  held.The garage door will open again in the summer and fall of 2016 for  2 Hands Create.

The Collaboration Curators experience of last summer’s pop up shops at Studio Visuals were the catalysts for  2 Hands Create. experiment. Last  summer’s Pop Up Shops expectations of heavy foot trafficked escapades were dashed by the corporate and city planners of the Pan Am Games. While the Pan Am games sounded like a great foot traffic magnet, things did not work out as planned. The cement barriers and chain link fence materialized to keep the athletes from escaping  and  prevented city visitors from exploring Queen Street East between Sumach and River.  Corktown businesses, who had readied themselves for the dilluge of shoppers  were all foiled. It was lonely on our little strip of  Toronto.  All the foot traffic was  diverted into the Distillery District. By the time  the barriers were gone, a cold and windy Autumn was upon us. Not discouraged, the garage door opened for a one day event, the Autumn Light Creative Collective and low and behold the foot traffic appeared. The energy from the neighbourhood and artists was encouraging, supportive and an inspirational stepping stone to 2 Hands Create..  It is the next experiment, taking us on the path to  identifying  a sustainable arts business framework in this new economy.

2 Hands Create. will be looking for emerging and seasoned artists, makers creators and designers from Toronto who would like to submit applications to become a part of our curated market place. We will choose 8 -16 artists & designers to creatively merchandise  and sell Fashion , Fashion Accessories, Home Decor, New Media, Paintings and Drawings created  by your 2 Hands.

If you are an  artist, maker, designer or  creator, we invite you to come together to network, collaborate, encourage, inspire,  support each other &  interact with the community. Explore our call and  apply to participate in our seasonal bricks and mortar  curated arts market space.

The call for artists  will launch on the 2 Hands Create   website  on March 30th , 2016.

The garage door will open again.




Berlin Fashion Week Capriole Collection

3D Printing Trending in Art, Fashion & Science

[quote =]The revolution has begun. It is like a child in front of your eyes growing and changing each day. You can’t see the growth, it is incremental, but one day the child will be fully mature and there will be little or no inclination of the past.[/quote]

MIT Technology Review lists 3D printing or as one of top ten technology trends for 2013. Regardless of the benefits, nothing new comes without challenge and resistance. The challenges lie in quality control, intellectual property questions, environmental concerns related to the toxicity, sustainability and recyclability of the materials. I am not sure whether the decentralization of production is considered a pro or a con, I guess that depends upon whether  your a budding creative individual or a manufacturing monolith. The benefits include growing creative class, decreased time to production, crowd sharing and problem solving in the refinement of design A ideally creates  new business models for artists similar to giclee printing, which released the artist from the shackles of the galleries and the need to  print in volume. Individuals artists, designers, industrial engineers and hobbyists are using 3D to create everything from shoes, dresses, jewellery and art to robohands, ears, guns and cars.

If you are really into the technology side of things  you could buy a previous generation Makerbot and build a 3D printer which can produce the parts to build another 3D printer. Ok, being a raised by a seamstress, I am so not doing that, but I would want to make some funky custom shirts that fit my boobs. I can never get anything over the counter to fit my boobs, not sure what is happening  in the boob department of fashion houses these days, but I digress.

To make my funky shirt, I would definitely need some creative minds to assist with design,  fitting and production. A fashion designer for sure, a technology brain for the 3D printing component and maybe an industrial engineer to really get the custom fit on the boobs. A good choice of a flexible material to print would be required. You can print in a variety of material titanium might be good for support, but not so good in the comfort area. Nylon, rubber, some type of  supple polymer would work.

Essentially the funky shirt would be drawn in a 3 dimensional format using computer aided design(CAD) software. The CAD  software would create layers from the 3D elements of the design. The layers would be digitized and sent to the printer, which is equipped with the supple material in a powder form. The printer prints the layers microns thin,  sucessivelly into a tray. Dependant upon the powdered materials, an assortment of  binding methods including heat, laser or chemical are used to bind the layers. As each layer is printed the tray lowers and the next layer is printed.

I do have a sewing machine, I make my own jewellery and occassionaly create my own art,  but not sure if I would want all the lasers and powders required to print a custom boob blouse in my house The clean up on this job could be a challenge How do you dispose of the excess? Would I need to wear gloves? In my case I think 3D printing it’s best left to the professionals.

Iris Van Herpen, 24 year old fashion designer, partnered with Stratasys Ltd and  unveiled her nature inspired  “Wilderness Embodies” 3D printed shoes at Fashion Week  in Paris and her “Capriole” dress collection in Berlin. Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti created 3D-printed nylon fabric for Dita Von Teese‘s  realy see thorugh dress. Nike has cut the production to time, using 3D technology to create the Vapor Laser Talon football shoes. Jim Kor, a Canadian engineer  in  collaboration with RedEye, has 3D printed an ecologically-minded, 10-foot Urbee car: Read more: The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building. Transylvanian artist Ioan Florea inspired by nano technology created 8′ x 10′ canvases of 3D printed art.

Three dimensional printing is affecting every major manufacturing industry from aerospace engineering to medicine.  The next generation Replicator 2 by Makerbot sells for around $3000.00, and like a computer, it is coming to a home near you soon.By the way Makerbot was recently aquired for $403M by industrial giant Stratasys. According to Wohler Associates out of Colorado. additive manufacturing or 3 D printing is an industry that was worth 1.2 billion in 2008 and that it could double in size by 2015.

The 3D revolution is a game changer, it will  impact politics, economies, individuals and globalization. The revolution is digitized, and driven by individual creativity. If you are a artistic innovative person, now is your time. Your virtual ideas can become reality.






Immortality;from the top down

The Beyond Category; Art is Immortal

So much for well laid plans of attending three events at the Subtle Technology Symposium. I had a scheduling  conflict with the The Traffic  of Human Remains chat. I  only made it  to the exhibition. I found Shelley the mystery person who left Immortality catalogue on the workroom  lunch table. Shelley the mystery person introduced me to Jim Ruxton  Founder / Director of Programs.  Jim and I had a productive conversation  and made the promise to connect for future possibilities of working together. We discussed  the potential of  a presentation/ talk about the beauty  of the special stains used in microscopic diagnosis of disease and  the chemistry of human  tissue. Yes, art met science along time  ago in my life. Now that I have met Jim it seems like Subtle Technologies could be a new outlet for exploration. Lets see how organized I am next year.

This year the  exhibition was a welcoming surprise one of introspection, digital gazing  and extraterrestrial musings.

As part my  morning rituals, a cup of  Brooke bond  tea in hand, I muse at my wrinkles in the mirror. The internal dialogue goes something like this….. “Does anyone  care about the wrinkles on my forehead except me?”  “Should I do something about them?” Will people actually think I am younger than I am? David Khang’s “Beautox Me” really  was an introspective  anti-botox advertisement made for me. Watching the video images of the same individual, before and after the  Beautox procedure; the loss of emotive expression and the lines of many experiences erased. Quite honestly the audio really  wasn’t necessary. Just think the wrinkles would be traded for  people whispering, “Did you know she had botox?  What wrong with her forehead ? Why is it so shiny?  All the quiet inquisition  is really a persuasive argument against botox for me. Although  I do understand the lure of everlasting youth. I discuss it with my self every morning.

I was quite mezmorized  by “Immortality; from the top down ”  by  Alan Sondheim, a Brooklyn based new media artist, musician, writer, and performer.  His digital encompassing, trance  art was  created in Second Life.  Second Life is free software which  is used to create  virtual worlds, avatars and the like. If you follow the trail, Second Life  tag line is “Enter a world with infinite possibilities and live a life without boundaries, guided only by your imagination”. That tagline is the true definition of an artist living their life without interruption. This digital media was never ending and only will need to be restored if the hard drive fails. Art is the key to  immortalizing the artist.

I was so captivated  by  the Second Life creation that almost missed the John Paul Robinson’s  “Amber Archive”  but the scent of pine resin drew me in.  The archive is composed of  pine resin  encased ceramic discs  with decals of  the works of  “choosen” contemporary artists on them. These time capsules are  to be buried on earth and hopefully found millions of years from now. My son asked ” Who will find these fossils”? I have to wonder if it will be the aliens who come to Earth  in search of us  after they  find the Voyager Golden Disc  sent off into space in by NASA in the  70’s.

What do you get when you mix analogue and digital high frequency telescopes, tweets  and  Exoplanet 22 light years away?  You get  Scott Kidell’s and Nathaniel Stern’s #tweetsinspace.  Really I gave this exhibit only a cursory glance and  I felt this work was contrived  in its nature given tone of  the curator’s statement of the work.  But my first impression was erroneous and it lead me to  dig a little deeper.  My search lead me to that the  educational backgrounds of the  creators, this  made the art much more meaningful  to me. A Phd of  Electronics and Engineering and Master of Fine Arts  creating a time capsule of tweets  and projecting them into space has an element of  scientific  yet expensive playfulness.

The “Exploring the Beyond Category” art exhibition  really could have done with a nice a cup of cannibis tea in fine china to digest the  abounding concepts of everlasting.

When the  extraterrestrials  from 1.6 light years away to find the Golden Disk, the Amber Archive and the tweetsinspace all in one expedition, it will be a  good trip and a virtual treasure trove. Will we  have achieved our goals of sending our digital remains into the universe . What will they  wonder about our rituals of life ?


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