people

Cat

About: 5 year veteran of eStudio expert in combining design and art together in a hands-on process.

Major: BFA Graphic Design + BA Fine Arts

Expert in: Embroidery Machine, Vinyl Cutter, Wacom Tablets, Ultra Sonic Welder


Max

About: Skateboarding internet video freak, interested in computer literacy and programming. 

Major: Individualized Studies with focus in Sign language, computer science, and art 

Expert in: Dremel 3D Printer, Vinyl Cutter, Ultra Sonic Welder, OtherMill


Macey

About: Loves trying new things and pushing machines to their limits. Open to brainstorming if visits are stuck with where to go next. Enjoys experimenting with new materials.

Major: BFA Sculpture + Minor in Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnicity 

Expert in: AxiDraw, Sonic Welder, Wacom Tablets, Soldering Station


Dan

About: Current volunteer, loves combining physical art and digital art, negative space, and simple body language.  

Major: Mechanical Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (combo of graphic and product design)

Currently learning all the machines and knows the basic for all machines.



Prof. Diane Willow 

Inspired by her work at the MIT Media Lab, and her commitment to engaging artists with emerging technologies, Diane founded the eStudio in 2010. Just as the now global MIT Fab Lab concept was taking form in 2002, she led a studio based symposium, Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand. Digital Dialogues brought together artists whose practices were based in the material world and researchers and artists who were exploring a hybrid zone that connected the material and digital worlds. This dynamic experience led her to imagine a hybrid space such as the eStudio, that would prioritized the interests of artists and the questions that motivate us

Although the eStudio is home to many machines, it is designed to be a social environment that supports people as they experiment with new ideas. Open to art students and faculty working in any medium, it is a space that also encourages interactions among people from many disciplines. At heart it is a place that invites community, serendipity, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration. The process of making art with digital technologies and programmable machines requires a playful attitude, a willingness to learn new things, and a generosity of spirit that encourages sharing what you know with others.

With the support of a 2016-17 Academic Innovation Grant, a dynamic group of highly motivated undergraduate students are working with Diane to communicate the potential of the eStudio to students and faculty in the Department of Art. Together we are presenting monthly participatory Exploratoriums, hosting a blog, and opening the eStudio as much as possible.