Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Rod McCormick Lecture- Friday, November 2!

Rod McCormick: Art, Objects and Digital Technology

Friday, November 2, 2007

Center for the Fine Arts, Room 2033

Rod McCormick will present a lecture on his studio artwork, which utilizes digital technology and ranges in scale from small-scale objects to larger scale sculpture and lighting. He has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for a number of years where he is currently Department Chair. McCormick has received and individual NEA grant, a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his work is included in numerous publications. Recently his work has been included in a high profile traveling exhibition: Virtual/Tangible 2.0.

Admission is Free

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Save Second Base!

Here's a great way to draw attention to breast cancer. I just got my "Quinn" shirt in the mail today and I love it- the back is also nicely designed. The Quinn is a bit more understated than the Kelly, the original. I am going to give these as holiday presents.....Support the causes you believe in and raise money to help solve some of these problems. Share the news about Save Second Base. I believe it is a group of high school girls who designed the shirts and they actually got in trouble for the shirt, I guess we do need an anti-conservative movement! I think this is a smart design- everyone has an interest in second base except gay men and I bet they still support saving second base!

Digital Design

Lathe Chair by Sebastian Brajkovic, a Dutch designer educated at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He digitally altered an existing chair. Technology influencing the aesthetics of objects.

Designing Things Your Don't Necessarily Like

Good Design

Two weeks ago the NY Times' Sunday magazine was the annual issue focused on Design. Here are some highlights. I am happy to share it will be in my office for anyone who wants to have a cup of coffee or lunch with it on a Tuesday or Thursday.

Good Design/Redesign

Sak's Fifth Avenue Shopping Bag- god examples of design work.

Micron Pen ! !

In Enameling class some people said to use the Micron pen as a resist. I bought two and went to use on my metal but it beads up. Can someone explain How to use it?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Student Show

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Gocco.Gooco.Gocco! Join the Fun........

Gocco Mania! Today the NY Times magazine featured the article: The Cult of Gocco. Go to the NY Times website and check it out. It highlighted the website check it out. From there.....tons of Gocco info. Check it all out.

In class I said that I would post on the Object Design blog info on putting together and order for Gocco screens, ink, etc from Paper Source which has a retail space in DC. After visiting their website and seeing that they are unable to provide the screens, the key material, I found printaddictjapan on the Etsy site and ordered some screens and bulbs from them. I am happy to sell these to you, if you would like. You are also free to go on Etsy and purchase your own. I wanted to get some of these materials on their way so that we could keep moving forward with projects. If you are intersted in putting an order toegther for inks, go to the Website for Paper Source, see what is available and we can do that. I also purchased asphaltum for use with the Gocco....for any etchers that are interested. If you have suggestions and ideas, let me know.
Let's have some group Gocco work sessions and get the Gocco rolling!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Advising Dates

If you are a metals & Jewelry or Interdisciplinary Crafts major, your advisor is Jan Baum.

Sign-up sheets will be on the bulletin board next to Jan's office door, CA 4019, soon for advising slots. Advising will take place the weeks of October 29 and November 5th. If you have advising issues to discuss other than next semester's classes please note that on the sign-up sheets.

Students must see their advisor for academic advising before the hold can be removed from their account allowing students to register for classes.

If you have questions you can contact me at
See you all soon.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Art: 21 PBS Series beginning October 28th

This looks very promising.....I've put it on my calendar.
For more information on Art 21:

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Next generation Design Competition- Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis magazine has an annual Next generation Design Competition. It is for students and young designers. I highly encourage you to incorporate these kinds of competitions into your course work where you can. You can't get there too soon......enter!

Eye For Why- Student Design Competition

James Dyson of Dyson vacuum cleaner fame has taken up the cause of design education. He started a design school in the UK for 13-18 year old people. The shcool sounds like an inspiring place to learn/work. Track down free podcasts with Dyson through itunes for a pick-me-up/feel good. He has also started a design competition for students....Do It!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

A Very Sexy Alumni Panel Discussion-

Date Change!
The Very Sexy Alumni Panel Discussion has been moved from October 17 (Wednesday) to October 18th (Thursday) at 7pm in CA 2006.

Come an learn what people who graduated from Towson's Metals & Jewelry and Interdisciplinary Crafts programs have done with their degree, what they wish they had done differently while in school,etc. Hear directly from them. Ask questions you are dying to ask. If you have questions that you would like asked, send them to me at

Everyone in all TU programs are invited. Join us for a casual and fun evening and learn more about the life of an artist after school.
See you there,

April Wood Opening- Friday, October 12

Yeeeeaaaaaaaa! April's opening is Friday, October 12th starting at 8pm: The G-spot Audio/Visual Playground 2980 Falls Road Baltimore, MD 21211 Here are some sneak peak images from the studio.......yummy!
If anyone wants to carpool start the conversation by commenting on this blog entry- lessen your carbon footprint....carpool. See you there,

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Metals Guild of Maryland

As aspiring young professionals, I highly recommend joining the local metals guild: The Metals Guild of Maryland. Above is an image of their homepage. Here is the url: Two of our recent alumni are on the Board of Directors: Liz Mathews and Beth Pohlman.