Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Boris’s first Thanksgiving in a vegan household so there will be no human turkey leftovers for him this year. (Don’t worry. He eats a premium vet-recommended cat food. Cats are carnivores after all.) Still, this little cat has a lot to be thankful for, as do his humans. Happy Thanksgiving to you all

NextFab North Philadelphia

I first wrote about NextFab, which offers membership-based maker spaces, when I toured a branch in South Philadelphia. They opened another branch in Philadelphia North American Street in 2020. North American Street, in the Kensington section of the city, continues to grow as an artist and maker mecca with its old factories and cheaper real estate. It’s already home to the Crane Arts Building, The Resource Exchange, ML Woodworking, and is soon to be home to The Clay Studio.

NextFab has a fiber and sewing studio

A 3D and laser printing workshop

A jewelry workshop

A wood shop

They also offer space for metal working and welding, electronics, and offer access to design software. Plus they offer business incubation services and product development assistance services. They offer different levels of membership for people who are interested in exploring what they have to offer and classes for all levels as well as basic safety instruction. To get started, read their FAQs and schedule a tour yourself.

A Walk Around Bok Part 2

This is a continuation of last week’s post my wanderings around the Bok Building during this year’s POST Open Studio Tours in South Philadelphia.

First I landed at the studio of Lynn Snyder and Scott Woyak.

Lynn Snyder

 

Lynn Snyder
Lynn Snyder
Scott Woyak
Scott Woyak
Scott Woyak

Lynn is a teacher and Scott is a pupil at the Studio Incamminati for Contemporary Realist Art, which was my final stop for the day.

Studio Incamminati, which is located on the top floor of the Bok Building, offers fine art instruction that includes degreed programs, high school programs, continuing adult education, and open studios.

Student in the sculpture studio

If you’re interested in seeing what Studio Incamminati has to offer, go to their web site or subscribe to their newsletter, here.

A Walk Around Bok Part 1

I feel as if I am getting behind in my blog posts although I’ve been posting regularly. It’s just that there’s so much going on around me that even if I don’t feel particularly inspired lately, there’s no shortage of creative people around me. That and my penchant for taking pictures everywhere I go.

If you’re anything like me, you love to peek into other people’s creative spaces. Every year, The Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, or POST, gives me the chance to do that without feeling like too much of an interloper. This year, I went back to the Bok Building in South Philadelphia to see some new art studios. WC Pottery sure got my attention!

WC Pottery is aptly named because potter Erik Wright set up a working pottery studio in a small bathroom in the Bok Building. Maybe he played a lot of Tetris as a child?

I live in a small house and I know a thing or two about working in small spaces. But WC Pottery’s space is a model of efficiency beyond what I would have thought possible. I was impressed.

Not an inch is wasted. There’s a sink, a glazing area, and storage, too. And some very attractive pottery you can see on Erik’s Instagram site here and web site here.

I’ll be writing about more artists I met on this years’ POST tour. Stay tuned.