Spring 2015 Workshop


Meet the Designer/Illustrator: Phil Balsman balman2

Thursday, April 16, 2015 7 pm

Phil “Ballsy” Balsman began his career as one of the founding members of the in-house lettering department at DC Comics, where he did design work and lettering for such titles as All-Star Superman, Blue Beetle, Scalped, Swamp Thing, and many others. He moved on to work for Random House Publishing in 2007, designing covers for the Del Rey and Ballantine imprints, as well as art directing and designing logos for their Del Rey Manga imprint.

In 2010 he left to form his own studio, Odin Star Industries, where he and his wife, Paige Pumphrey, work together in Brooklyn, NY. They handle all cover design and production for Kodansha Comics, as well as interiors and lettering, along with work for various clients, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Del Rey Books, Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Grand Central Publishing.


Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension


Maker Workshop: An Introduction, Creating Smart Materials photo (13)

Sibel Deren Guler

Friday, April 10, 2015

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Smart Materials & Wearable Design • Inventiveness through Craft and Electronics

No Prerequisites · RSVP

In this workshop you will first create a personal guide to a set of materials and electronics that can be interfaced together through craft techniques such as sewing and paper folding. You will then design a “smart object” that can be prototyped using these materials. We will follow a simple design process to sketch and create these designs using the tools and materials provided. You will learn about science, design, electronics, while collecting new materials and crafting techniques to incorporate in your next project!

Adding new materials and techniques to your repertoire is inspiring and exciting. Not only does it make us more resourceful, it can be fun and educational! Invent-abling is a project devoted to teaching people how to work with smart materials and electronics in unconventional ways. The goal is to enable them to create new interactions through craft and design. The project shares the sentiment of the recent maker movement, to empower non-experts to tinker with “expert tools”.

Deren Guler is a physicist, designer and educator based in New York. She is interested in researching and developing technology that uses interactivity and computation to explore nature from a playful and sustainable approach. Designing accessible tools, particularly to improve the quality of life, is her key motivator.

She has led community based interactive projects and workshops around the world to diverse audiences of all ages. Her work includes ReplayMyPlay, an energy harvesting merry-go-round exhibit that was installed at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. In Float Beijing she designed colorchanging air quality boards that were mounted on to kites to create a public display of the pollution level.

More info: http://www.invent-abling.com.

These events are open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu


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