Zany Pillows, Empower2Make, and Artisan Ana Lopez Visit

June 2018 Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
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Nova Labs’ Crafter’s Cove is pleased to welcome a state-of-the-art PFAFF embroidery machine! The pillow featured is created by Nova Labs’ very own design team, Suzanne and Jeff Chanesman, on a similar machine. Click on this link for a tutorial!

About this time last year, Nova Labs rolled out our first safety policy and formed a safety committee. Over the last year, the committee has made tremendous strides in creating a culture of safety. As a next step in our work with roles and responsibilities, we are transitioning the responsibility for safety to a team. Patrick Thompson is the team lead. Thank you Patrick Waters for your leadership is bringing the shops to this point. Thank you Patrick Thompson for taking the lead moving forward.

In May, Nova Labs kicked off the month with special guest Elizabeth Dougherty, acting deputy director, USPTO, presented in partnership with INCA. Girl Scout troop #6036 came out and were inspired by the deputy director. Likewise, we were inspired by the scouts – who had done their homework on innovation.

This June, Nova Labs is thrilled to welcome Anna Lopez, author and artisan. Startups Ignite is offering summer internships. For the youth, Nova Labs is hosting summer camps. Explore these opportunities and more!

Marybeth Haneline Signature

CLICK TO RSVP FOR UPCOMING MEMBER MEETING


MEMBER SURVEY

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a survey to understand who is part of the Nova Labs community and why or how they use the wide range of resources, so we’ve come up with one and we need your help to get as many data points as possible. This will help us determine what workshop areas and interest groups need going forward. Please take a few minutes (we’ve timed it, it should take no longer than 5-10 minutes) to help us gather some information. Thanks!

>Provided by Brian Jacoby

CLICK TO COMPLETE MEMBER SURVEY


BOARD UPDATES 

Nova Labs and Maker Faire NoVa will have a table at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire on Tuesday 6/12/18. The CHMF is sponsored by Nation of Makers and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and there are two sessions: panel discussions from 9AM-2PM and Maker Faire from 5PM-8PM.

Admission is free.

For more details:
http://nationofmakers.us/chmf.html
Questions, email margaret.kositch@nova-labs.org

>Provided by Margaret Kositch


SUMMER CAMPS AT NOVA LABS

The upcoming TEQ Strategy Teen Summer Drone Workshop will be lead by Fred Briggs, Adjunct Professor at James Madison University & Product Developer at TEQ Strategy.

TEQ Strategy Teen Summer Drone Workshop
Session 1: July 9 – 13, 10am – 3pm
Session 2: Jul 16 – 20, 10am – 3pm

Students will learn how to build their own drone from scratch, which they will keep at the end of the session. Taught by a Drone Prototype Product Developer and University professor, this intensive workshop designed for students who want a deeper understanding of how to assemble, program and operate drones.
For more information & registration, contact:
Teqstrategy.com/droneworkshop
workshop@teqstrategy.com

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Nova Labs Robotics

These workshops are put on by Nova Labs Robotics teen mentors and coaches. The lead mentor is Elena, captain of Marshall High School FRC Team 5549 – in her fourth year of volunteering with Nova Labs Robotics.

Nova Labs Robotics: SuGO Bots

Rising Grades 4-6
June 18 – 221-4pm

Learn about mechanics while building robots with LEGO EV3 Mindstorms. The camp culminates with a robotics sumo challenge with family and friends welcomed in as the cheering section!
Register: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/247190628/Nova Labs Robotics: Robot Makers 
Rising Grades 5-9
July 30 – Aug 3, 9am – 4pm

Build and code a robot to solve increasingly complex challenges. Kids will get to bring their strategies to life with servos, sensors and LEGO EV3 Mindstorms.
Register: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/247205408/ 
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STEMSKILLS: Summer Tech Camps & Pre-Employment Skills for Students with Disabilities
Ages 15-20
Sessions: June 25-29Jul 2-6 (except Jul 4), Jul 9-12

STEMSKILLS offers camps for young people with autism, ADHD and LD. It will give students interested in STEM fields a change to learn necessary skills to thrive in the workforce.
For more information & registration, contact:
https://www.stemskills.org/
eduer@stemskills.org
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STEM Summer Camps from Mindframe Education
Rising Grades 3-6 & 6-12
Weekly Sessions from Jul 9 to Aug 17

Mindframe summer camps include hands-on, project-based activities with real world tools with topics ranging from robotics programming and app creation to website development and digital filmmaking.
For more information & registration, contact:
MindframeEducation.com
info@mindframeeducation.com

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | ANA M. LOPEZ

   

June 26, 7-8:30PMIn Flux: A Metalsmith’s Journey” Ana M. Lopez

Ana M. Lopez is a recognized metalsmith, educator, and decorative arts scholar. Her creative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is also the author of the reference book, “Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia.” In this talk, Ana will discuss the development of her creative work over the course of two decades.

Her work is currently on exhibition at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland, from May 5 through June 24. More information about her can be found at https://www.anamlopez.com/


CALL FOR MAKERS | EMPOWER2MAKE 2018

Team Paper Towel Dispenser (Tony, Mana Momen and Jade Garrett) built a prosthesis for “need-knower” Jordan Reeves.

What if you could impact lives in just 72 hours? Are you ready to put your maker skills to the test?

Mark your calendars for September 14-16! Planning has begun for the next big makeathon at Nova Labs. Empower2Make is a 72 hour make-a-thon, in the style of our 2016 TOM:DC event. This amazing event combines teams of makers and people with disabilities to invent and build solutions for their day-to-day challenges. This is a powerful and real way you can use your maker abilities to help people in the community. Fully catered and supported by local sponsors, we just need you help. Maker application for this event are open now on our website, empower2make.org/makers.
Visit Facebook.com/Empower2Make

For inquiries, contact: info@empower2make.org

>Provided by Bo Pollett Wernick


UPCOMING EVENTS IN JUNE

June 17, 2-4pm, How To Grow Almost Everything You Need to Eat Using Spirulina
During the zombie apocalypse, what will you do for food? Using the fast-growing and nutritionally-dense superfood, spirulina, you may never have to worry about meeting your basic nutritional needs ever again! Learn essential tips and tricks of how to grow your own fresh spirulina and the different dishes you can prepare with this beautiful green powerhouse.

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A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Nova Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following:
    – Electronics Steward
    – Wiki Information Maintainers
Contact volunteering@nova-labs.org if you’re interested!

CALL FOR ENTREPRENEURS  |  Startups Ignite
Accelerate24 Summer Cohort 

The application for the Startups Ignite Accelerate24 Summer Cohort is currently open. Nova Labs Incubator and Regional President of Startups Ignite, Callye Keen, would like to invite any entrepreneur at Nova Labs to apply.
The Accelerate24 is a three-month program which introduces powerful concepts that help entrepreneurs develop vision through action. Startup Ignite provides mentorship, tactical support and a community that learns together.

Spots are very limited, but participants will receive an incredible level of support from

Click HERE to complete the application. Due by June 14. 
More information about Startups Ignite can be found on their website.


SHOP UPDATES |  NEW EQUIPMENT 

Nova Labs has acquired some new PFAFF embroidery equipment!  This includes a Creative 4.5 machine with an embroidery unit plus multiple hoops, 8 spool thread guide, as well as 6 licenses of the Premire+ Ultra software. The workflow on this machine matches our current PFAFF Creative Vision machine in Crafters Cove. Classes are in the works for projects with general usage as a focus. They will also include sign off for these machines. Please contact jeff.chanesman@nova-labs.org with ideas/interest.

>Provided by Jeff Chanesman 

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SHOP UPDATE  |  CRAFTERS COVE

Updates in Crafters Cove are a continuing process. As our membership needs change and grow we to obtain tools our users find useful. Occasionally in anticipation of future use we take on tools or donations as appropriate.

During the past quarter we have added several items of note:
* Stamps & punches, swivel blades & rotary cutter for leather working and tooling
* Pop up Table top photo booth – 2ft x 2 ft, with lights, camera stand & 3 color backdrops
* A Pfaff sewing machine was donated by Jeff Chanesman toward the end of 2017, and we were then able to purchased an embroidery attachment in anticipation of new classes.
* Thanks to an anonymous donor we have received a 2nd Pfaff Machine
* Grommet Press
* Newer Paper Trimmer donated by Mike Hoyer

It’s been almost 2 years since we did the micro-fundraiser for the Silhouette machines and they are being used regularly, as are the sewing machines, the heat press and a wide variety of smaller tools. Tool requests are actively considered and several have been acquired as time and budget permits.

Our membership and several of our visitors have been very generous over the last few years. This includes our instructors who give their time to develop and teach classes. Tool donations are reviewed before being processed and made available. If you are interested in teaching a class – we can use more instructors for some items like the Sergers, or various projects classes.

There are a lot of tools and resources that have not been specifically mentioned. All members are welcome to explore Crafters Cove at their leisure. Some tools require Yellow sign off classes, and the Consew Industrial Sewing Machine is a Red sign off tool. We do ask that you respect the tools – read restrictions posted, report problems and make note of where you took a tool from and return it to that location when finished.

If you are interested in a more in depth introduction to what is available in Crafters Cove, just ask or stop by on Fridays. We look forward to seeing you!

>Provided by Carrie Hafer

Introduction to the Lapidary Arts

Lapidary Arts at Nova Labs

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Nova Labs members met in Blacksmith Alley for the second offering in the Introduction to the Lapidary Arts course series. Christopher J. Evey instructed the class on 3 types of rock saws used to process rough gemstones into pieces ready for shaping and polishing. Carrie Hafer, Brad Clements, Marnie Dollinger, Rob Bowers, and Stacey Lanzilotta attended the class.

Students working at the cutting and grinding machines

Students working at the cutting and grinding machines

Chris began the class by walking through the setup and operation of the Raytech trim saw and the Diamond Pacific Genie Trim Saw Attachment. These saws are used to cut small pieces of rough gemstones and more commonly, cut segments from stone slabs into the pre-forms that will become cabochons. Next, the class shifted focus onto the larger saw, the Lortone Panther, which is a 14 inch diamond saw used to cut flat slabs from large rough rocks. Surprisingly, the saw did not turn on when activated; however, this flaw turned into a teaching moment as the students witnessed how to repair electrical wire connections to this vintage equipment. Brad and Chris successfully rewired and soldered a loose connection to solve the issue and restore power to the saw.

Brad's Oregon Thunderegg

Brad’s Oregon Thunderegg

With the large saw running, the class began to cut some of the rocks they brought to class. Brad cut a beautiful Oregon Thunderegg he purchased specifically for this class. Rob cut a quartz crystal geode acquired during his past vacation. Carrie cut a few slabs from some nice quartzite that she later ground into cabochons.

Throughout the day, Chris made his grinding station available so that student who were not otherwise engaged with using the saws could attempt to stay warm by making cabochons. Stacey, Marnie, and Carrie each made their first cabs during this class.

Rob's Quartz Geode

Rob’s Quartz Geode

The class wrapped up after some additional cabochon instruction and cleanup. The students expressed an interest in more lapidary classes and suggested a course on where to find gemstones and how to identify them. Additionally, all the students voiced an interest in a Nova Labs-sponsored field trip in the local area to collect rocks.

Marnie (Front) and Stacey (Rear) at the Cab Machine

Marnie (Front) and Stacey (Rear) at the Cab Machine

Chris and Carrie discussed potential interest in the purchase of a cabochon grinding machine at Nova Labs. In examining space in the Crafters Cove area of the Orange Bay they thought perhaps a small rolling bench that could fit under one of the wire racks might work to store a grinding machine. This machine would need to be rolled out to the shop in back for use so as not to disrupt other members and cleaned up each time before being returned.  Chris agreed to continue to support investigating and discussing potential lapidary equipment in support of our rock hounds and future classes for Nova Labs.

Carrie's rock slabs and first Cabochons

Carrie’s rock slabs and first Cabochons (photo by Carrie Hafer)

Provided by Christopher Evey

Nova Labs Maker Market and Artisan Fair, Dec. 2

Join us at Nova Labs for a special showcase of our Artisans just in time for the holidays!

Mark your calendars for a beautiful day at the Nova Labs Maker Market and Artisan Fair on Saturday, Dec 2nd. The fair goes from 10am to 4pm. Get there early because many of the items are one of a kind. If you are a holiday shopper looking for that special handcrafted gift. The fair is FREE and open to the public.

More information: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/240782142/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Browse, meet, and be inspired by our talented artisans and entrepreneurs. Crafting at Nova Labs includes 3d printed designs, metalworking, woodworking, jewelry, handmade wool items, scarves, painted glassware, stained glass, canvas paintings, cards, personalized items, key chains, and much more!

Bring your family and friends. Meet our robots, see our drones, and play in our new augmented reality sandbox. Buy products or order a custom design.

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017. 10am to 4pm. See you at Nova Labs!

Fun with Appliqué and Embroidery – multi-tool projects at Nova Labs

Ed note: This article was provided by Jeff Chanesman, a Nova Labs key member and steward in the woodshop, laser lab, and instructor for our CNC embroidery machine. Look for sessions on our Meetup page.

Applique pillowThe embroidery machine isn’t just for embroidery. Suzanne and I made these fun pillows using appliqué. Appliqué is the sewing of fabric onto larger piece of fabric to create pictures. The only thread used in this example is black. All the colors you see are pieces of fleece cut on the laser cutter and then sewn into place. It’s like painting with cloth!!!

This was very easy to do with the embroidery software we have at Nova Labs; Hatch from Wilcom. Shapes are imported or created and the converted to appliqué. This not only automatically creates the stitches to hold it in place but also creates stitch outlines for placing your pieces of fabric. You can then print out a template for cutting out your fabric “parts” or print them to PDF so you can convert them to DXF for laser cutting. I was able to cut out the eye, iris, and mouth for twenty of these pillow guys in less than 15 minutes including setup.

A bunch of pillows

You could easily make all sorts of projects using this technique. From potholders to stuffed animal friends.

I will give you an overview of instructions for doing this below, but remember you need to be signed off on the embroidery machine (and laser cutter if you plan on using it to cut your fabric) in order to sew these at Nova Labs. Hatch software is installed on all the machine in the CAD lab and you are more than welcome to use it but I would strongly encourage you to take the class. It is easy to use but can be daunting at first, especially if you are a first timer, as there are many specialized tools and settings.

Digitize AppliqueSuzanne created the initial design in Adobe Illustrator but you can use anything including Inkscape or CorelDraw (in fact if you happen to have CorelDraw X6 it integrates directly into Hatch). I had her size it to the exact dimensions she wanted and then saved it as a PNG. You then import the PNG into Hatch for digitizing. Using the Appliqué toolbox from Hatch’s left side menu. Digitize your shapes and then use the Object Properties toolbox from the right side menu to select fabric type as well as the kind of stitches to be used. This is also where you can select whether or not you will be using pre-cut fabric, or if you intend to trim in place.

Objects menuFor my project I chose pre-cut. Once you are done with each piece, save and export to the desired embroidery file type. You can then print out the templates to PDF. The machines in the CAD lab have the “Microsoft Print to PDF” as one of the printer selections. Choose this and save the file to a known location.
Import this into Inkscape or similar and save/convert it as a DXF in millimeters for importing into the laser software. If you are using Fleece, 400 speed 70 power works pretty well.

Hoop your fabric and stabilizer on the embroidery machine.

Load and run your embroidery file. The first stitch will be your placement. It will outline the location of where to place your pre-cut fabric pieces and then stop. Spray the piece with temporary fabric adhesive and place onto your fabric. Start the next part of the file which will tack and stitch your cover. Move on to each piece until complete.
Let me know if you have questions or if you would like a class specific to this sort of project.

Applique pillow eyeball

Parts of the eye after the outline (for placement) and tack-stitch were finished. The next step will be a satin stitch to cover the edge and provide a solid outline around the parts.

 

August 2017 Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

LFP-featureimg“Team Ethiopia needed a hex driver so I borrowed one from Team Bahamas.” Maria, one of the teen volunteers from Nova Labs, was problem solving at the 2017 FIRST Global inaugural international robotics challenge for youth at DAR Constitution Hall. Maria was aware that there was a spare parts station with a line (staffed by yet another Nova Labs volunteer). Yet she recognized that this inter-team swap was a quicker solution, leveraging relationships she had just formed with these international teams. This is just one exchange illustrating the value that volunteering at FIRST Global brings to teens – teens who rose before dawn to arrive at the competition by 6:30 a.m., five days in a row – and were exhausted, yet eager, for more after the closing ceremony.

At the inaugural FIRST Global challenge, there were robotics teams representing nearly 160 countries, all under the same roof, for four intense days this July. Nova Labs provided hundreds of volunteer hours from dozens of teens and adults over the last several months, culminating in the competition. This newsletter highlights a sampling of the latest efforts. Over the years, Nova Labs, which places a high value on outreach, has fostered collaboration with mentors and robotics teams at area schools, positioning us to step up to this amazing service opportunity. The opportunity shines well-deserved national attention on Marshall High School teens who went above and beyond to make this a success.

FIRST Global President, Joe Sestek, recently shared with the volunteers, “Please know that without you, FIRST Global would not have been the measure it was…you made its reach go beyond our grasp, and I will always be beholden to you for that.” I echo the sentiments of this former Navy admiral and statesman, who expresses so elegantly for FIRST Global, the gratitude I feel for Nova Labs volunteers. Volunteering is what Nova Labs does best. I am humbled by the strength and quality of Nova Labs volunteers that come through for our fledgling organization, time and again, and allow us to realize more than I can imagine.

THANK YOU!

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BOARD NEWS

This month, the board continued the effort to hire Nova Labs’ first paid position. As you’ll see in this month’s newsletter, we’ve posted the job description. We’re very excited about taking this first step into our next phase of the nonprofit world.

This month, Nova Labs made two capital acquisitions – a new flammables cabinet for the woodshop and a new industrial sewing machine for the Crafter’s Cove. Both should be setup in short order. In addition, the board also approved the purchase of a defibrillator (AED) for emergency situations.

As for internal board news, Jim Sweeney is working with Jim Girardi to transition the treasurer office in the coming months. Also, there is an additional open board position, stay tuned for more updates on that.

As always, please feel free to reach out to the board members on Slack, e-mail, or in person if you have any questions, concerns, or creative ideas (that’s a given!).

>>> provided by Jim Girardi


WHAT’S NEW

HAPPENINGS: Industrial Sewing Machine Arriving

IndustrialSewing_img2The Crafters Cove just got an incredible upgrade, we are expanding our capabilities in multiple areas…with one new device.

The Consew 206RB-5 industrial sewing machine is capable of sewing a wide range of materials from regular fabrics to almost a 1/2 inch of leather. Other materials include all weights of canvas, multiple layers of the heaviest denim, any cordura nylon fabric, neoprene, thick quilts, etc. Basically, whatever that can fit under the foot can be sewn with a few exceptions, of course. So you will be able to tackle and complete a wide variety of interesting projects.

Classes on the use of the new sewing machine will commence around mid-August.

IndustrialSewing_img1Since this machine is able to sew leather, beginning leather working classes using the sewing machine will start before the end of August.

Leather working is a broad area and one class, broken into two sessions, will in no way cover the gamut. It will, however, provide a space for those interested in exploring the wide world of leather work.

>>> provided by Kirk Slowe (including LEATHERWORK)

[ Kirk Slowe, Nova Labs Associate, previously a member Tinkermill, a larger makerspace in Colorado (they have over 450 paying members).]


 

HAPPENINGS: Dog Days of Summer with Nova Labs’ own Robotics Workshops

>>> Provided by Elena Bachman, Workshop Lead and FRC Team Captain 5549

Lead Mentor Elena is in her third year volunteering with Nova Labs Robotics. FRC Team 5549 received national news coverage for their work mentoring Team Iran for the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge this July.

NBC Now: http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/35912485/story-of-afghan-girls-is-among-many-at-global-robotics-event

NBC Washington: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Va-Teens-Step-Up-to-435027393.html


 

HAPPENINGS: Marshall High FRC Team 5549 Mentors Team Iran at Nova Labs

TeamIran_img1Over the course of the FIRST Global happenings at the makerspace, it was brought to the attention of the volunteers that it was impossible to ship a kit of parts to Team Iran due to tight security and sanctions. Thankfully, local FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5549 from Marshall High school stepped up to lend a hand. Through a series of Skype calls, pictures of designs, and late nights, the team built a robot from the FIRST Global kit according to the designs and strategy of Team Iran.

TeamIran_img2After weeks of work in their school as well as the Robot Corral, they finally welcomed Team Iran at the airport on July 11th. The teams returned to the corral for a Persian feast generously donated by Amoo’s Restaurant of McLean and a happy introduction to the robot. Over the course of the competition, members of Team 5549, volunteering for FIRST global, continued to help out the team as well as the whole event. Team Iran departed on July 25th, having witnessed the experience of a lifetime.

>>> Provided by Elena Bachman, Captain, FRC Team 5549


HAPPENINGS: Volunteering behind the scenes with FIRST Global

Volunteering at GlobalFIRST Global brought to Nova Labs an official competition field in early summer for use in training and demonstration. Not only did officials train on the field in the Robot Corral, it was also used for Team Afghanistan who was denied a visa until days before the competition. Afghan Americans practiced running Team Afghanistan’s robot in the Robot Corral in preparation to stand in for the Afghan team.

A hardy team of volunteers battled the sun, heat, humidity, and birds to install the practice fields on the south veranda of DAR Constitution Hall. It was teamwork of the highest degree (figuratively and actually). There was even a volunteer who answered the Meetup call for volunteers and trekked downtown to assist.

There was a slight delay because the foundation platform on the veranda was not wide enough. We pressed forward to assemble all of the pieces we could, and positioned them for final assembly when the platform was widened. It took a solid team of build professionals to make it all work. Despite the heat, we accomplished much in a few hours. We stayed hydrated and got way cool FIRST Global water bottles.

During breaks, we cooled off inside Constitution Hall. Lots of activity to ready the venue. Country banners galore and serious activity to set up the main stage. Note: the AC works really well inside – it was comfy cool inside.

>>> Provided by David Link

Field Leaves Nova Labs  |   Set-Up Practice Field  |  Inside Field Setup  |  Competition


HAPPENINGS: Portable Magic – Nikki Rooney, Seed Grant Awardee

Have you ever been to an escape room? If so, you’ve probably see the myriad ticks, puzzles, codes, and technology that make them fun and engaging. Nikki Rooney, one of Nova Labs’ seed grant awardees, became involved in puzzle solving and puzzle making almost 10 years ago – this love of code breaking, clue finding, and problem solving inspired her to moonlight at an escape room (right in Herndon!) where she gained experience running the rooms, brainstorming puzzles, and even working on some of the electronics.

Through her work, she realized that the same puzzle theories, combined with available technology, could be utilized to help kids learn, explore, and improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills while, at the same time, having a “magical” experience. Since no such thing existed, she took it upon herself to use what she had learned to create interactive puzzles for her children. And what’s even better? Her kids don’t have to go to an escape room as she’s made them portable – and as anyone who’s traveled with kids knows, mobile entertainment is always a challenge. Like an actual escape room, all the puzzles are connected through content, but unlike an escape room, they are all physically modular. For example, one of her projects, a jigsaw puzzle, when completed, lights up and gives a clue to the next puzzle.

Nikki’s creations use multiple technologies that’s she’s learned about through her work experience as well as through Nova Labs classes. These include Arduino, Raspberry Pi, RFID, reed switches (reacts to the presence of a magnetic field), and more. We’re excited to see the final versions of her imaginative designs.


UPDATE: Board of Directors Service Opportunity

Nova Labs is currently seeking a volunteer to serve as secretary on the Board of Directors with skills in communications. Responsibilities include community building, strategic communications, and strategic planning. Before starting board service, the selected individual must agree to key membership, if not already.

The open term is through 2018, to complete the term of Kelli Kedis Ogborn, who recently resigned. Lieselot Whitbeck is serving as secretary in the interim.

Interested individuals will have an opportunity for a conversation with Nova Labs community leaders, facilitated by Callye Keen. To nominate a candidate, or volunteer yourself, please contact Callye or one of the directors:

Contact Info for Board of Directors  |  Callye Keen


UPDATE: Nova Labs is Hiring!

Nova Labs is hiring its first paid position – a makerspace coordinator! This is an important moment for any non-profit – the hiring of its first paid staff. We’re looking for a customer service superstar who can coordinate events at the makerspace, ensure they run smoothly, make everyone feel welcome, and assist the President with membership management tasks.

Initially, this will be a part-time position of roughly 20 hours per week (position may be shared). We’re excited about this important step as Nova Labs continues to grow and prosper.

Direct Referrals  |  Job Description

>>> Provided by Jim Girardi

Nova Labs Cupid’s Arts and Crafts Fair, Saturday Feb 11, Free

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Come and bring your family, friends, and kids to the first annual Nova Labs Maker Arts and Crafts air. Join our artisans, an amazingly creative group of entrepreneurs. Inspirational!  See what YOU could be doing here with our tools. Buy products or order a custom design from our artisans. Crafting at Nova Labs is done either with hand tools or with our industrial machines, Including 3d printed, metalworking, woodworking, jewelry, handmade wool items, soaps and bath products, scarves, painted glassware, door decor, stained glass, canvas paintings, masks, dolls, cards, personalized items, key chains, and much more!  (https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/236271049/)

Metalwork piece

Metalwork piece

by https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChasingaRuby

 While you are here, get a tour of our amazing maker space and try your own making in our craft making room. Play with Mandy the robot and our BB8 robots. 

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This event will encourage and support our Nova Labs artisans inventors in general. Our community now includes an awesome traditional crafters, artists, and industrial craftsmen. Metalworking, woodworking, electronics. 

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We still have some tables available for makers and crafters to sell. Contact us at events@nova-labs.org

Contact events @nova-labs.org with your request for vendor information. Demonstrations welcome. Tables are $10 each. Multiple tables are allowed. 

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LOTS of free parking close to the door. While here you can connect and network with our growing community of crafting fine art entrepreneurs.

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Nova Labs introduces new Crafters Cove

Introducing the latest development at NOVA Labs, an area located in Orange Bay (the front work room) we are now calling Crafters Cove.

Crafters Cove features an impressive 12-color CNC Embroidery Machine (courtesy of the Chanesman family) as well as the Creative Tools Cabinet and two sewing machines.

ultramatic

The Chanesman’s Embroidery machine is a 70’s era Ultramatic. It has two heads, with 6 needles on each machine head. That means it can support 6 colors on each head. We’re told that it is really great for making your own badges.

FYI – anyone looking to design for the Ultramatic needs to know that it uses tajima dst digitized files. Designing for the machine may take some time, so here is your chance to get a head start while waiting for access to the machine.

Look for more information about learning how to use that CNC Embroidery Machine coming soon. Jeff will be working on calibrating the machine.  Once he’s had a chance to give it a shakedown run he will announce that the machine is up and functional.  If you are interested in helping to maintain the machine or help set up a class please contact Jeff Chanesman.

creative tools cabinet

The Creative Tools Cabinet holds a variety of crafting and art tools. This tool cabinet is an example of re-purposed  / re-claimed furniture that was a project of the Makers Circle & Art Lab (MC & AL) group. The MC & AL group sponsors and maintains the cabinet located in Crafters Cove.

MC & AL Tools are available for all Member and Associate use. A list of available tools and a wishlist is in a binder and will be on the wiki soon. Manuals for the sewing machines are available. However if you are not used to using a sewing machine please ask for assistance from the friday night MC & AL sewing gurus.

NOVA Labs encourages ideas and fosters cross crafting of skill sets across a wide variety of disciplines.

 

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Brainstorming and planning is an essential part of the process. A whiteboard surface has been added to the back to help with sketching out ideas or task lists. The cabinet can also act as a portable divider; providing form, function and fun.

Crafters Cove includes a Fodder & Supply Center. It houses expendable or single use (used and gone) items. Offering a usable variety of supplies for general / class use. Rules of use are posted.

So come check out Crafters Cove next time you swing by NOVA Labs!

“Maker Circle and Art Lab” at Nova Labs Features Traditional Maker Arts

While many projects involve high tech, computer-based technology and know-how, Nova Labs also welcomes a number of makers who experiment with more traditional “maker arts.”

painting with water colorsEveryone starts somewhere on the path to becoming a Maker with each journey varying by natural interests and skills acquired. At the very core are the following values:

  • Try something new
  • Be curious
  • Ask questions and seek help from others
  • Do research
  • Share what you learned

many projects to work on

Since making is just plain fun, makers are enthusiastic and engaged in making things — especially when they are not experts! To that end, we launched the Maker Circle & Art Lab in January of this year. The group meets twice a month.

working with stained glass

When we started Maker Circle it went along with the belief that multiple interests form the basis of friendships. Through those relationships and the discovery of common interests, people are enabled to more effectively explore their passion for making.

many more projects

At recent Maker Circle & Art Lab events, participants worked in various media and techniques including:

  • quilting
  • woodburning
  • painting
  • jewelry
  • sewing
  • polymer clay
  • carving
  • crochet
  • knitting
  • cross-stitch
  • sketching
  • egg decorating
  • book binding
  • stained glass
  • tree ornaments

Brian brought his 100 year old hand crank sock knitter in an attempt to get it up and running. Others brought pieces of their technical project that are in the “crafted by hand” stage.

brian and his antique knitter

The skills and generosity of our community are truly amazing. The events are casual and the size of the group varies, but as many as 15 people have attended.

As a Maker, all skills have a value and we all seem to benefit from cross training in other areas. You just never know what will spark “The Coming Thing” as Brisco would say.

happy makers

So come out to an event, take a class, maybe teach a skill, see what else might strike a spark.  If you want to join us at the next Maker Circle and Art Lab event rsvp here. To rsvp for any Nova Labs event, check out the NOVA Makers Meetup page.

teens and pre- teens are makers too

We look forward to seeing you!