SF Design Week with Guts & Glory

G&GEvent-27There were so many events during SF Design Week it wad hard to keep track of! A week chock full of amazing design events, talks, and parties. We were gracious to be able to host a talk featuring the rad ladies of Guts & Glory of our window instillation fame! There was wine, obscenities, cotton candy, emojis, and of course lots of design.

G&GEvent-40The event was kindly hosted at the magical tree house/offices of Social Print Studio. If you can not remember the last time your printed out any of your photos (guilty) or want a way to take your Instagram snaps analog, SPS is your go to. For the event, they printed cheeky swag bags with emojis on them to place on every chair. We think that people might have decided where to sit that evening based on which emoji they wanted!

G&GEvent-9G&GEvent-53 sG&GEvent-26Everyone seemed to be jovial and having fun, even before the witty presentations. It’s hard not to feel like a kid again when there is a cotton candy involved. We made sure to have an old school cotton candy machine at the event to not only guarantee sugar highs and nostalgia, but to go along with the cloud theme for the Mad Libs instillation on our windows! If you don’t get the reference, you should stop by the clubhouse and check out the window take over from Guts & Glory.

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We also had wine from Union Wine Co. to get the design conversation flowing. To make sure we stayed well hydrated, it was only a Tuesday after all, with all all of the cotton candy and wine consumption (there was a lot!) we had the new SOMA water pitchers at hand.

G&GEvent-38The designer of Social Print Studio and founder of Makeshift, Rena Tom, warmed up the mic and the cozy, bright chairs on the stage. G&GEvent-63 G&GEvent-59The ladies of Guts & Glory laid their knowledge on us. There were talks of haters, lovers, perfume, hiring employees and the fallacy of work life. balance. Really, it doesn’t exist!

G&GEvent-73With many in attendance running their own businesses or working for those that do, it was insightful to hear how they got to where they are today. They were completely honest, vulnerable, and humorous towards the road they took and how they are still learning and taking shots in the dark at running a small business. They depicted their journey in self employment and lady boss-dom as having their “pants down and lasers out!”

G&GEvent-99After the talk, there was time for questions. The ladies where more than happy to answer all the questions that were thrown at them. Following the talk, there was more wine and cotton candy floating around while attendees mingled and connected on design and other topics.

Thank you to everyone one who attended and a special thank you to Guts & Glory, SOMA water, Union Wine Co., and Social Print Studio for such a great evening!

All photos via the lovely Sarah Deragon

Member Spotlight: Fabian G. Tabibian

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Meet fine artist, experience director, and makeshift member Fabian Tabibian! A true New Yorker, Fabian was born on 196th and Broadway, raised in Queens, schooled in the Bronx and the city, and lives in Brooklyn. Originally, Fabian was focused on a degree in Econ, but a minor in Studio Art took him on a detour from MBA applications to the MFA program at Hunter College. He’s been focusing oh his studio art practice ever since.

We caught up with Fabian to find out about his work, his fave neighborhood hangouts, and the unique way he memorized the boroughs as a child.

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Walk us through a day in the life of Fabian.

I’m up around 6am and start on the things I want to get done for me by 9am: Stretch, meditate, give gratitude, write, read, make breakfast and lunch, and some kind of fitness activity. When I do this, I feel like the rest of the day is a bonus.

I work three-days a week for an amazing amazing digital education start-up (Zearn.org) as Experience Director. I’m usually focused on one main project for an extended period. The work is big thinking and sweating the details at the same time.

The other two days (and the weekend), I’m focused on my studio work. Since I work predominantly with digital media, I can work most any place — I make work on my laptop when desk bound, on an iPad when standing and walking around (usually at my studio in Greenpoint) or even on my iPhone when riding the subway. I try to steal extra time whenever and however I can to make new things.  I use the studio space to print large works, look at works side-by-side, studio visits, and to crank music loudly.

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What kind of projects are you working on right now?

Current design work is top-secret at the moment. Current artworks are digital abstractions that connect with painting more than photography. The source or starting images for these works are found by hacking my computer and seeing what files the internet has left behind from a days worth of use (thank you, internet!)

What’s your favorite thing about working from Makeshift?

The vibe! It feels like working at an arts library — which is one of my favorite places to make work!

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Where’s your favorite spot in the neighborhood to wind down after work?

The backyard at Spuyten Duyvil with a book in-hand, or Roebling Sporting Club if a good game is on.

Share a funny childhood memory with us.

I remember learning about all the neighborhoods in the Boroughs by the infamous murders that occurred at each locale — this is more funny weird than funny haha. It’s a much safer town now!

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Do you have some life advice you’d you like to share?

I sometimes snip quotes, this was today’s find:

“…it is always better to do something one feels good about than something that may make us materially comfortable but emotionally miserable. Such decisions arenotoriously difficult and require great honesty with oneself.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Thanks Fabian! If you ever see him walking around Williamsburg, be sure to say hi and ask him for a good book recommendation.

SF Window Takeover With Guts & Glory

GutsGlory window take overIf you have been to the clubhouse to work, play, or have walked by then you might have noticed the situation on our windows. And by situation we mean the coolest interactive art installation!GutsGlory-3GutsGlory-16We teamed up with Guts & Glory to come up with an epic art piece for our windows. Guts & Glory is a design studio founded by ginger partners in crime Faun Chapin & Meg Paradise that specializes in building well crafted brands. They seek to constantly push boundaries, provoke ideas, question forms, interrogate expectations, and generally meddle in creative mischief and what they come up with was no exception! We brainstormed a fun visual in our bay windows with vinyl. They came up with a brilliant design that our 10 year old selves would be proud of: mad libs! GutsGlory-20They covered our windows with the mad libs, creating a story titled Love Vortex Gone Awry that’s filled with adventure, mystery, and clouds! It becomes an interactive art piece as we change out the fill-in-the-blanks daily with submissions from members and those wishing to stop in and fill out a sheet. If you are interested in participating, come on by the clubhouse. We will share the ones we use on social media so you may just see your submission! GutsGlory-7We hosted a party sponsored by Mail Chimp to kick-off the installation. Mail Chimp is how we get out the word about all of our events and happenings so we felt this was fitting (if you are not subscribed to our mailing list, you can sign-up here.) Wine from Union Wine company was flowing all night and we had a baby pig keeping things cute and interesting. Yes a real pig! Guts & Glory brought along their office pig (!!!) you should check our her Instagram. We are starting to think Makeshift needs an office pig!guts & glory petunia the pigGuts & Glory provided sheets much like the mad lib pages from the days of yore. Everyone at the party got a chance to write down their answers to adjectives, colors, sounds, and types of alcohol, because lets face it, even though we felt like kids again, we had the benefits of still being adults! guts and glory mad lib GutsGlory-33They also created these nifty booklets filled with more mad lib style stories called the Adventure & Sleuthing Society (courage/vigor/character/oomph.) That sounds like a society we would like to be apart of! Their gold foiled post cards with vintage travel images were a hit at the party too.guts and glory bookletsWe love getting cozy in the window seats and watching the passers by slow down to take in the installation. They often have looks of wonder, excitement, and sometimes even confusion, but thats just how we like it!GutsGlory-44Thank you to Mail Chimp for sponsoring the installation and party and to Guts & Glory for designing the piece. Wine provided by Union Wine Company and flowers via Ampersand. Aaaaand one more of Petunia the Pig because cute! guts and glory petunia the pigMost images via the lovely Sarah Deragon and the rest are from our Instagram feed

What creative tools matter most to you?

Cleveland, Ohio is home to the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, an event intended to “inspire and enable the creative mind.” Rena was there this year to interview Lisa Congdon on stage (and vice versa) and enjoyed the festivities. There’s something good happening in Cleveland.

Photo borrowed from I am Emme

Photo borrowed from I am Emme

Makeshift Society also attended, in a way, as we were invited by Adobe to co-create a pop-up event. We focused on an area where both groups and the festival overlap: our mutual dedication to enabling creativity.

We asked people about their favorite creative tools: What tools matter most to you? More than 200 people took a minute to sketch their response both on paper and with Adobe Ideas on tablets. At the time we were considering the focus of our Kickstarter (3 days to go!), and the enthusiasm that came out of these drawings helped convince us that a tool library at Makeshift Brooklyn really was a good idea to carry forward.

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With 22 drawings at WMC Fest, pencils and pens were the standout winner. Second place was filled with a series of 18 self portraits, or perhaps portraits of loved ones or other inspirational figures — though the only recognizable character was a Lego person named “Oliver”.

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Anatomy was well represented with eyes (9), hands (7) and so many brains (16) that at least one zombie was attracted.

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Consumables including music (16), alcohol in various forms (9), and stronger substances (4) also made an appearance. But then, so did pickles (1).

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There were expressions of love for very specific features like the Pathfinder feature of Adobe Illustrator (1), the crop tool (1), and undo (2); as well as a more general appreciation of Wacom tablets (2), trackpads (2), and pink erasers (1). We want to know more about how a shovel (1) takes precedence in someone’s creative process, but when we saw another person praise spikes (1) our brows really went up!

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Nature (3) was more popular than cities (2), but sleeping (1) tied with sitting on the toilet (1). So place matters too.

Thanks to Adobe for partnering with us on this project and to everyone who took a moment to draw their thoughts.

P.S. Note: at Makeshift we strongly believe that credit should be given where it is due. Not all of the drawings were signed, however, so we have not been able to attribute these lovely sketches. If you recognize something you submitted, please let us know so we can give you credit.

Serena & Lily Art Auction

There was a fabulous turn out for the art auction a couple weeks ago. Our members are the best! The ladies at Serena & Lily wanted to personally thank those who came out:

“From all of us at Serena & Lily, we want to THANK YOU for an incredibly successful Art event! The turnout was fantastic, everyone had a wonderful time, and together we raised more than $5000 for Creativity Explored!

Below are pictures from Kate Skogen, who did a great job capturing the event.”

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