Recently the Woodworking and Furniture Design studio areas hosted visiting artist Jason Schneider. Schneider is the studio coordinator of the furniture design and woodworking program at The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Schneider’s work and artistic research has long included the use of cardboard. Schneider is one of few furniture makers working with cardboard as a primary material and he has developed many of his own techniques for working and turning cardboard.
While on campus, Schneider provided a demonstration of cardboard turning for upper-level students, the current woodturning and bending class (AD 224), as well as members of the Superiorland Woodturners. Schneider was also able to meet with upper-level furniture and woodworking students to provide valuable feedback about their portfolios and professional work. Schneider’s energy in the shop was apparent for weeks after his visit, with many students considering new approaches to materials and working practices.
The Anderson Ranch Art Center
Woodworking and Furniture Design
The coming together of tradition (letterpress) and modern technology (platemaking facility) has provided students in the School of Art and Design with the opportunity to experiment with alternative methods of production. The letterpress was added to the graphics program by Professor Shravan Rajagopal in 2011 and has been in active use for more than a year. A photopolymer platemaker was added to the letterpress facility and was inaugurated this winter semester in a workshop instructed by Professor Rajagopal with over 15 participants. The platemaker enables students to transfer their digital artwork on to photopolymer plates. The process begins with exposing the photopolymer plate for a programmed duration using a digital negative of the artwork. The plate is then placed in a washer unit that helps rinse away areas that are unexposed. Once the plate is dry, it can be easily mounted on to an aluminum base and printed using the letterpress. The letterpress and platemaking facility was funded by the Wildcat Innovation Fund grant award. (Photograph by Dennis Staffne)
Senior Furniture Design student, Brendan Solinsky was among 12 students from across the country selected to exhibit work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. As part of a call for entries hosted by the Furniture Society and sponsored by Powermatic, selected student’s work will be on display at ICFF May 18-21. As a part of the work being on view in New York, Powermatic has also created an online gallery and competition with voting for “The People’s Choice Award.” The student receiving the most votes will win a Powermatic bandsaw.
“Table Chair” by Solinsky, features a design focused for a small space and serves as multi-functional furniture. “Table Chair” can be repositioned into a variety of forms, a feature Solinsky identified as “a major concern in small living environments”. Solinsky’s work can be voted for as part of the Powermatic competition. Voting will expire on May 20th when the winner of the competition will be announced.
Student Competition Online Gallery
International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Woodworking and Furniture Design