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Robots, Welding Tools, and 3-D Printers at Makers Square Event at Museum of Discovery and Science

By Andrea Richard Thursday, May 22 2014

 

 

Robots, Welding Tools, and 3-D Printers at Makers Square Event at Museum of Discovery and Science

A A A Comments (0) By Andrea Richard Thursday, May 22 2014

 

Robots, Welding Tools, and 3-D Printers at Makers Square Event at Museum of Discovery and Science

Photo by Tabatha Mudra

I, robot.

 

“Put down the Snapchat, throw out the videogame console, and actually build something.”

“We are raising a generation of pencil pushers.”

 

That’s the motto of Albert Jeffers, a tattoo artist and metal fabricator.

 

“We are raising a generation of pencil pushers,” he laments.

Location Info

Museum of Discovery and Science

 

401 SW Second St.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

“Makers at MODS,” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-6673, or visit mods.org. Admission costs $14; free for museum members.

 

This Saturday, Jeffers will join his cohorts from Makers Square — a membership-based tool shop and craft school, run by bohemian misfits who love making things by hand — for the “Makers at MODS” showcase at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

 

“Makers” is the name given to a rising subculture of modern-day artisans and craftsmen. The movement that burgeoned in hipster enclaves like San Francisco made its way to South Florida last year, when John “Jack” McNulty cofounded Makers Square, offering classes in crafts like welding, pottery, and costume making, plus workshop space and tools for people working on their own projects.

 

Saturday’s daylong festival will show the community “hands-on application of the industrial arts and technology,” McNulty says. The shindig lasts from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature 30 makers in full force. Attendees can observe blacksmithing and woodworking in action. The idea is to inspire people to pick up a tool and tinker away, possibly learning a marketable skill — or just learning how to program a monkey robot for fun.

 

The makers’ movement is an antidote to today’s computercentric, sedentary lifestyles, which, Jeffers says, came about due to a variety of factors, including a decline in shop classes and home economics and an economy that has outsourced manufacturing jobs.

 

“A lot of metal fabrication has gone to China,” he observes. And that’s a shame, because working with one’s hands is good for mental health and confidence and even the wallet. “Fabricating things with metal benefits me because it exercises my brain. I can go to the store and see something on the shelf and figure out how to make it. And I’m make a living doing it. I feed my kids.” On Saturday, you can find him assembling tattoo machines. He taught himself how to work with metals and has sold his machines online for the past 14 years.

 

Other makers will take over the two-level museum, high-tech classrooms, and outdoor area of the science museum. Attendees can tinker with 3-D printers, which can be used to make anything from jewelry to clothing to funky little statues. Boynton Beach’s Hack Lab and Makers Union will have a robotics booth where visitors can play with arduinos — pieces of electronic hardware that work as microcontrollers.

 

Also, more stripped-down craftsmanship will be presented. Lee Sky will show the crowd how to turn wood. He sells wine stoppers ($10) and birdhouses ($25 to $150) and vases out of wood he sometimes finds on the side of the road. “I’m an artist, so I don’t make a lot of utilitarian items,” Sky says. “In 14 years, I’ve made 14 salad bowls.

 

“It’s therapeutic to take a raw piece of wood and make something useful or beautiful from it. It’s really satisfying. I can pick up a log that I find in bulk trash and inside it there’s this beautiful wood, and then I make something amazing out of it.”

 

Artist Joshua Hunter Davis will show a striking 14-foot structure that resembles a grotesque cyborg monster. He calls it his “unspecified cenozoic life form.” The gray monster symbolizes the disturbing distance human beings have from the natural world. In a sense, his monster represents the “nightmarish consequences” that society undergoes while we lose our relationship with the environment and allow technological advances to distract us from human connection.

 

The event is a cool pairing for MODS, which often gets overlooked as just a playpen for youngsters. There’s also appeal here for science nerds looking to understand the latest in robotic-assisted health care, read up on the makeup of the Earth’s volatile weather system, or watch the latest 3-D flick on the IMAX screen. But staff have struggled to change the public’s perception and draw more adults, even with the 2011 expansion that added a 34,000-square-foot wing and outdoor area. Hopefully that will change with a food and wine festival and the makers event.

 

And don’t forget to check out the river otter exhibit. Ever seen one build a den? Those guys are the original makers.

 

Building Machines Again!

Machine shop is set up and I have finished one machine I owe. I owe about 4 or 5 and will be building one for sale between each of these contracted builds so I can buy more equipment for the shop.

Stories From My Days At Tattoos By Lou pt 1

When I was a kid I was pretty shy and Lou Sciberras turned a lot of that around.
I will never forget one of the first times I tattooed in his shop, I think Lou, Albert Sgambati, Ken Cameron and Luiz Segatto were working that night.

These two beautiful blondes came in and one of the guys (I think it was Lou) told me ” Hey Jeffery would you help these ladies figure out what they want tattooed?”

And I’m thinking “Oh my god, this is my job? These guys must really like me”

They smelled so good. So I’m chatting with them and got the paperwork done and getting to work, a little bit nervous. The guys had gotten really quiet which kinda sucked because I was nervous, you know I really didn’t know what I was doing back then.

I get her hip/belly shaved and stencil on this ankh or cross or something and I’m freaking out and nervous because the shop IS REALLY FUCKING QUIET, it’s never quiet on the weekends.

Albert snorted or something, were these fuckers laughing at me fuck you guys. Whatever I had to keep my cool as I had a job to get done.

I was swearing bullets and freaking out and I hear these guys up front laughing. Harrowing ordeal. All went well. They left. The whole shop was rolling on the floor, Albert asked if I got her number, he thought she liked me. I was red in the face, because I was too shy to get her number and obviously these guys were having a great laugh at my expense.

The two hot blondes were men. I had just tattooed a transsexual who had been tricking her way through her operations out in front of The Deuce for the past year.

The memory of shaving peach fuzz rather than man hair persists.

Art Indulgence-Art Basel @Gator In The Bay December 4th-8th

I’m going to be painting at this event during Art Basel weekend. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Luke Hunter for many years now, so here we go again! This one is going to rock!

The 5 year running theme of Art Indulgence (Music/Art/Fire) connects with Lloyd Goradesky’s Gator in the Bay – Art Basel Installation for its second year coming back bigger than ever with an entire 200 foot plus long body constructed of over 100 floating mosaic tiles.

Join us starting at noon on Saturday Dec 7 at the Miami Yacht Club as the Gator returns from its morning travels and we celebrate in the sun with the bay and poolside for BBQ and drinks with Live DJ’s performing. Then continued festivities into the evening with fire performance by some of south Florida’s top fire performers.

Attendees will be able to purchase tickets for an aerial view of the Gator and Miami skyline via sea plane. Also beginning now thru the event you have the rare opportunity to take a piece of art tile canvas home.
Each piece of the mosaic body is for sale
FOR SALES: Contact- Katerina Wagner, Miami Art Scene -
katerina@miamiartscene.net

Also throughout the week Gator in the Bay will be located at the Miami Yacht Club. This will be the second year that the Miami Yacht Club has extended their hospitality to the Gator in the Bay. Gator in the Bay is intended to be a family-friendly, minimal-cost, FREE to-attend event. There will be something unique to watch and witness each day of the event. Every day will be different and special. We want you to come, bring your friends & family, have fun, enjoy music, eat & drink, and experience a very unique art exhibit. The Miami Yacht Club is the perfect location to experience Gator in the Bay.

Miami Yacht Club
1001 McArthur Causeway, Miami, Florida 33132

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06/22 10:00 am until 06/23 11:00 pm

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I'm trying something COMPLETELY different, working with a 90 year old business model just isn't doing the trick. This place is SUPER CLEAN. You can feel the clean. In my 2+ decades in the business I never worked in an environment that looks this together, with customer service that is this together:

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