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CV Sunday, Sculpting with Mycelium, Insect spreading workshop and more!

Please note: some of these workshops take place at co:Lab studio/gallery. 

CV Sunday at co:Lab

MoogFest 2018 Engineer workshop

Share a patch/Learn a patch

Nanotopia plan to have some of the following out on a table: Moog Subharmonicon, DFAM, juiced up Minitaur and some Moms hanging out with Make Noise, Erica Synths, Teenage engineering Pocket Operators, Nanotopian Midi Bio-Sonification modules and who knows!?

Bring your gear!
2pm – 6pm
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Insect Spreading workshop

Back & Front view
Back & Front view

 

Learn how to spread moths/butterflies and beetles. Thursday evening, February 28. Class  starts at 7pm

In this class, students will learn about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colours will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount (or similar) for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount (or similar) display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces.


Sculpting with Mycelium workshop.

Sculpting with Mycelium: working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials
Tuesday evening, starting March 5th, 7pm-9pm.

Bio-materials are grown over several days, participants meet up every 5th or 6th evening after the first start-up date to check on their Mycelium’s growth and sculpt or desiccate their forms! $60/pp includes:
1 round planter growth form
1 bag of Hemp substrate inoculated with Mycelium
Sculpting mix
Nitrile gloves
Particulate masks
Mycelium food
Instructions
This workshop includes everything you need to grow a round planter, as well as hand-sculpt a small form plus, a full bag of substrate inoculated with mycelium! Suggestions on how to grow other forms or grow onto various armatures (3D printed, hand knit/crocheted) is discussed.

Evening 1: we start with an introduction and demonstrate how the growth materials works, as well as discuss Mycelium; what it is, its benefits to us and our environment. Then everyone feeds their Mycelium and leaves them to rest in a safe, cozy dark place until the next workshop evening!
Evening 2: WOW look how you’ve grown! Your Mycelium has grown and consumed its substrate. Now we gently, yet firmly work with our Mycelium through sculpting with special media and/or using forms to grow our planters!
After forming/sculpting the Mycelium is again placed into a dark, cozy space where it can happily grow to fill or cover our structures!
Evening 3: Your planter/sculpture is ready for desiccation and use! Everyone unpacks their forms, weighs them and then we bake them until they weigh approximately 35% less then pre-desiccated weight. Participants also have the option to dry their forms at home. Once dried students can plant lovely succulents, cactus, or use their forms as sculptures or packing materials and marvel over nature!
Organic tea, coffee and snacks will be offered during workshop evenings.
Mycelium= the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host) aka mushroom roots

Artist-instructor Tosca Teran works with Mycelium collaboratively –
creating the Midnight Mushroom Music Podcast.
This year (2019) Tosca and Andrei (together forming Nanotopia) are offering workshops making Bio-Sonification Modules out of their shared studio space, Interaccess.org, UofT and abroad.
Personal: www.toscateran.com
Tosca was recently interviewed by, Ecovative Designs. Check out the
interview here, https://ecovativedesign.com/blog/178
Tosca was one of 4 artists recommended and awarded a 3-month residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Ontario Science Centre studio. The residency starts March 15th, 2019. Check out her website for information concerning this amazing collaboration and forming of The Alien Agencies Collective.


Nanotopian Midi Bio-Sonification Module building workshop!

Saturday and Sunday, Feb 23/24 1-4pm $95/pp includes full kit, instructions, solderless bread-boarding intro.        

Collaborate sonically with the non-human organisms around you. In this workshop, you will learn how to build a Nanotopian MIDI Bio-sonification Module. Listen to the sounds of the organisms around you (such as your plants!), how it responds to your presence, and see how it really feels!

Participants receive step by step guidance to build their own MIDI Bio-Sonification Module and how the device works. Once kits are built participants are shown how to change Midi scales/channels, LED brightness and more with Arduino. We will discuss MIDI and how it works. Once the modules are completed, participants place electrodes onto plants, fungi, themselves or each other and listen to their Bio-data through Ableton Live, Animoog, Model 15 or similar digital music apps and analogue synths) creating a MIDI Bio-Sonification Symphony!

Please note: This is not a Soldering 101 course. It is very important participants know how to solder. Recommended class if you do not know how: https://interaccess.org/workshop/2018/dec/making-art-electronics 

Please purchase one of our fully built modules in the instance you do not know how to solder. They can be found here.

New Workshops & Courses listed for March and April

 

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Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate 
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp (4 seats remain) Deposit of $170 required to hold your seat in this workshop
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This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future.

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METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, March 14th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. Deposit of $137.50 to hold space

evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)

evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house.

evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!).

evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.

evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.

evening #8: Finish up projects

No experience necessary!

Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*.  A list of local suppliers is included.   Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s

What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper
Wax
Solder to complete projects in class
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment

March course
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Hollow-forms, lockets, basic prong settings, photo etching and fusing metals

9 weeks, Starting April 5th $380pp includes all materials necessary for projects. Build a hollow-form pendant/ring and construct a locket with hinge and locking mechanism. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs.  Etching copper/brass and Sterling silver. Working with photos, computer renderings and hand drawn images students will learn various method of applying imagery and working with mordants to etch into metal.

Materials included:

•Sterling plate 3″x 3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)

•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)

•Sterling wire & tubing

•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting

•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges

• Consumables: solder, drill bits, emery paper

• Consumables necessary for etching various metals

Students are welcome to bring in their own found items, cabochons, etc., to use in their projects.

Deposit necessary to hold space $190

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Intermediate & Advanced soldering

Tips, tricks and technique! Weekend intensive workshop
Friday evening April 1st intro 6:30-8pm, noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3rd, 9th & 10th – pricing options below. 
-Working with silver solder coupons students will learn sweat soldering, joint soldering, pick soldering
and working with silver solder in wire form.
-Working with a little propane/oxy torch and a larger Hoke torch
– Constructing a hollow-form ring with stakes, hammers and bezel setting a large cab
To cover all of the various soldering techniques/grades students will construct a hollow-form
ring. Large oval or round cabochon stones will be set. Multiple stone settings are optional.
Each day runs 5 hours in length.
Students have the option of coming in to work on their project (lots of sawing!) during Open Studio on Tuesday and Thursday evening between the course.

Evening intro: Course goals/objectives are discussed, students look at soldering demos, inspiration. Start to layout patterns and designs for sawing.
1st Afternoon: Students layout their designs and start sawing them out. Once designs have been sawn out, sanded/filed, cleaned up- sweat soldering designs onto ring blanks begins.
2nd Afternoon: Continuing sweat soldering, forming of ring blanks begins, inner ring is formed. Joint soldering begins (wire solder introduced), students continue truing their rings, forming, and clean-up.
3rd Afternoon: Bezel ‘cups’ are constructed and soldered into place. Filing, sanding and rings are starting to be cleaned. If students are ready to set their stones- quick pendants can be made on this afternoon practising soldering techniques.
4th Afternoon: Rings are ready for patination and polishing, stones are set. Final polish! Early group dinner?

What’s included:
Flux
Titanium pick
paper
instruction
Student’s need to supply (see pricing options below) :
3”x3” 16 or 18 gauge sheet (for hollow-rings)
silver solder 1/4 oz coupons & 1/2oz wire:
hard
medium
easy
Large oval (within 40x25x6mm) or round (within 30mm), high-dome cabochon

For this workshop students have the option of bringing in their own supplies (listed above & mandatory!) or purchasing the course with a ‘kit’ that includes items listed. Please note that these materials will only be purchased when you purchase the ‘Full monty’ option.

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No monty $185pp


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Full monty $380pp

Amazing 2016 workshops in store! Gift certificates available!

Resident taxidermists of Morbid Anatomy Museum road trip to Toronto, March 2016 to hold Jackalope shoulder mount workshop & Squirrel workshop

Katie Innamorato is a Taxidermist in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn NY. She is professionally trained in taxidermy; winning awards and ribbons every year at the Garden State Taxidermist Association competition and convention. She strives to teach proper, professional, traditional techniques to students all over the US and internationally. She is also a rogue taxidermist; being a member of the M.A.R.T. or Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists. As with all M.A.R.T. members she adheres to strict ethical guidelines when acquiring specimens. She uses roadkill, frozen feeders, scrap skins from other taxidermists and the garment industry, pet industry casualties, nuisance animals, and donated skins to create her artworks; almost every part of the animal is utilized.

Her work has been featured on the hit Science and Discovery Channel TV show, “Oddities,” and the spin off show, “Odd Folks Home.” She has exhibited work at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, among other galleries and museums. She was recently featured on VICE and in the book Taxidermy Art by Robert Marbury. She has also done lectures and demonstrations at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and at the Institute Library in Connecticut.

Divya Anantharam of Friends Forever Taxidermy

Divya Anantharaman is a taxidermist in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York City. She is an artist whose taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with the intersection of natural mythology and science, and has always specialized in the arts related to leather, fur, and hide. With a combination of self and professional training, she has found her calling in creating sickly sweet and sparkly critters, specializing in small and unusual mammals and birds. Winner of a Best in Show trophy and Best in Category ribbon at the GSTA taxidermy show and competition, her work and classes have been profiled in numerous publications as varied as National Geographic, The NY Times, The Cut, Vice, BBC Science Radio, and on hit Discovery/Science Channel TV show Oddities. She has shown work in galleries across the U.S. and has traveled nationally and internationally to teach and lecture on both traditional and rogue taxidermy. She is also a member of the M.A.R.T. (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) and the G.S.T.A. (Garden State Taxidermists Association). You can find out more at www.friendsforevertaxidermy.com

Friends Forever Taxidermy & Afterlife Anatomy roadtrip to Toronto! 

The studio is excited to announce the return of Friends Forever Taxidermy, Divya Anantharaman the weekend of March 11th thru 13th 2016! Divya is bringing her friend and fellow taxidermist in residence at Morbid Anatomy Museum along for dual-taught workshops!
IMG_3720Friday evening, March 11th: Beginning Entomology; Beetles & Moths 6:30-9:30pm 10 person max. $80pp
In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles & Moths, in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers. If there are any excess specimen left, they will be available for students to take home for practice and future use.

Students go home with their own prepared beetle & moth, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces. Mounting its, mounting pins and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.



 

11002636_796141830460188_776623749082526998_n_701d37ac-eb5d-4874-a850-d90387233a0f_1024x1024Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate 
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp
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This class will introduce students to basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future. 



Sunday, March 13th; noon to 7pm Squirrel mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate
Limited class size of 8 people, $440pp
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This class will cover both beginner and advanced techniques used in small mammal taxidermy from start to finish. Students will learn proper skinning and fleshing procedures, how to split, turn and position facial features, including the ears, proper dry preservation, and the traditional methods of building a form using wrapped body, carving the head, and the carcass as reference. Students can pose their squirrel in an anthropomorphic or naturalistic style, and are welcome to bring props if they choose. A small selection of props will be provided, and instruction on how to create your own props, such as top hats, monocles, and squirrel sized clothes, will also be provided, along with materials to make antlers, horns, or tentacles. Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.



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Refunds are not available for these special guest instructors. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Divya Anantharaman is a Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermist in Residence and a Brooklyn based artist whose taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with the intersection of natural mythology and science. With a combination of self and professional training, and an inspiring class (Sue Jeiven’s popular Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class at Observatory!), she has found her calling in creating sickly sweet and sparkly critters. Winner of a Best in Show trophy and Best in Category ribbon at the GSTA taxidermy show and competition, her work and classes have been profiled in numerous publications as varied as National Geographic, The NY Times, The Cut, Vice, BBC Science Radio, and on hit Discovery/Science Channel TV show Oddities. She is also a member of the M.A.R.T. (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) and the G.S.T.A. (Garden State Taxidermists Association) You can find out more at http://www.friendsforevertaxidermy.com

logoKatie Innamorato is a Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermist in Residence. She has a BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz, has been featured on the hit TV show “Oddities,” and has had her work featured at La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles, California. She is self and professionally taught, and has won multiple first place ribbons and awards at the Garden State Taxidermy Association Competition. Her work is focussed on displaying the cyclical connection between life and death and growth and decomposition. Katie is a member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, and with all M.A.R.T. members she adheres to strict ethical guidelines when acquiring specimens and uses roadkill, scrap, and donated skins to create mounts.
Her website – http://www.afterlifeanatomy.com

Some technical notes:
We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.

Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment.

All animals are disease free.

Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a somewhat strong constitution and maturity are necessary. We will be seeing meat. In this manner, a good taxidermist prides themselves on working cleanly!

In consideration of other students, please do not dissect carcasses in class. (You are welcome to take the carcass and dissect on your own, instruction can be provided)

All animals are ethically sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are discards from the feeder/pet food industry, naturally deceased, or discards from the food service industry.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

**Current discounts do not apply to guest instructor workshops.