Our first speaker Mark Tieszen has spent 7 years as a professional Telemark skier. Mark's transition from athlete to designer gives him a unique perspective on the relationship between the designer and user in the process of developing athletic equipment. As a professional skier and consultant, Mark worked extensively with Crispi, an Italian company on the forefront of Telemark Ski manufacturing and design. The talk will focus on his experience working on the NTN Telemark boot and binding and the struggles of innovating in a field that is entrenched in heritage and tradition.
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About the Curiosity Club
Ex Curiositas, Scientia. We pledge to learn with out prejudice in pursuit of our mutual goal; perpetual noviceship. We admit that it is impossible to know everything about anything and thus we remain perpetually curious and perpetually novice. The Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club meets fortnightly on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30. Each meeting of the Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club will contain a 18-28 minute lecture from a speaker who has an area of knowledge that appeals to the curiosity club. The presentation will be videocast on the Core77 blog along with any presentation materials. The series highlights an eclectic group of speakers across a broad range of subjects dictated by our curatorial interests in the areas of Culture, Design, Science, Technology, Art, Fabrication and Design Techniques and Lost Common Knowledge.
The Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is a speaker series hosted by Will Lolcama, Tobias Berblinger and Core77's Hand-Eye Supply store.
Blake Van Roekel: Good Keuken
Blake Van Roekel is the owner of Good Keuken and a co-founder of the successful and popular Art+Palate Supper Club. Her menus are inspired by art and design, literature and music resulting in meals that are thematic and unique to the time and place of the event. Her goal is to introduce greater levels of meaning to the food on our plates by not only stimulating our taste buds, but our emotions and intellect as well.
She serves on the board of the Portland chapter of Slow Food, teaches classes and is the consulting chef for Gales Meadow Farm, developing recipes while helping the vegetables grow. She is committed to the earth, her food, and the people she feeds.
Erin Rose Gardner: The Opulent Project
Opulent: amply or plentifully provided or fashioned often to the point of ostentation. TOP investigates opulence within the context of our society's obsession with material possessions. We seek to create a dialogue between the precious and non-precious and subvert mainstream preconceptions regarding value in material culture. To do so we are constantly questioning and considering where these ideologies originate and examining ways in which we may alter and intervene with this visual language. We value a conceptual approach to jewelry design that is rooted in a deep understanding of the making process.
Chance Walte: Fearless Guitars
Chance Walte is a seeker, questioner and tireless experimenter. For more than twenty years he has utilized guitars and basses as the tools to study organized sound. During this process he recorded modifications to the tuning, setup and construction of the instruments at his disposal, using the same three songs for control. In this way, he became very familiar with the variables involved in sculpting a tone. Since the summer of 2005 Chance Walte has run a small, full-service shop called Fearless Guitars dedicated to high-quality gear and personal attention to customers' needs.
United Visual Artists have created visual productions for bands such as U2 and Massive Attack on tour, as well as interactive architectural installations from intimate club settings to large scale projects. Their work crosses the boundaries of many disciplines, from production design and art direction to software engineering and interactivity....
As founder and President of Kidrobot, Paul Budnitz has surfed the rising crest of the limited-edition art toy and streetwear wave. Not only is he the co-designer of Kidrobot's signature Dunny toy and Munny, he also art directs, co-designs, and collaborates with many of today's leading plastic and vinyl toy...
Edward Burtynsky has traveled the world documenting humankind's incursions on the natural landscape--quarries, ship breaking fields, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams. His internationally-acclaimed large-format photographs are both beautiful and horrifying, arresting and undeniable, offering a visceral entry point into thinking about industrialization, sustainability, and the human condition. On a...
Rob Walker pens the weekly "Consumed" column for the New York Times Magazine, where he wonders out loud about branding and marketing issues facing consumers. While his columns can encompass everything from the current Crocs phenomenon to the counterculture Brand Underground movement to the concept of unconsumption, Walker cautions that...