Instructables

Fozzy13's AiR Experience!

Being an Artist in Residence at Instructables was an amazing experience.  It's difficult to put into words but I'll give it my best shot.

Let's start at the beginning!  Because where else would you start?  I'm a college student, but I wasn't when I started to love building things.  A knee injury years ago took me out of wrestling for a summer and I used my ample free time during that time period quickly filled up as I was excited by the idea of breaking water into hydrogen and oxygen.  Over the past five years, I've grown to love making all sorts of things.  Instructables has always been a fantastic community to get ideas for projects and share what I've made.  After being part of the community for so long I wanted a chance to be a bigger part of Instructables and have the opportunity to meet some of the people who I've been following on this website for years!  Hopefully that only sounds mildly creepy.  The Artist in Residence program allowed me to have just that opportunity.

I had the honor of being one of the very first Artists to make use of Instructables/Autodesk's brand new facility.  It's incredible.  If you're on a tour, it will be referred to as the greatest workshop and creative space in the world, and after working in it for a month,  that's an easy statement for me to believe.  The metal shop is where I loved spending most of my time as I worked on my main project: a jet engine.  However, I barely scratched the surface of what's possible even when I dabbled in playing around with 3D printing and laser cutting.  I'll post links to the projects I did when I'm done at the bottom of this post!

I could go on and on about how exciting it was to learn how to TIG weld, or pull my first 3D printed object out of the printer for cleaning.  That's not what I loved most about being an Artist in Residence.  Don't get me wrong, that's why I was there, and I loved every minute of it!  But what I loved most was just being in the office at Instructables.  It was an amazing feeling to get to interact with lots of different people who all in some way loved to make things.  Being around people who know what Maker Faire is meant a lot to me!  Usually mentioning it only yields confused faces in my city.  It was great getting to talk about different projects people had done or were working on, which made me love "Build Day"s more than anything.  Being at the headquarters of Maker Culture made me feel at home.

I've been away from the Pier where Instructables HQ is for a few weeks now.  I miss everyone I got to meet there, and I miss having the resources to make anything I could imagine.  Being and Artist in Residence will always be one of my best memories ever, and I can only hope that at some point I'll end up back at Instructables to see the awesome people I met and build some more cool stuff.

Thank you to everyone at Instructables who made my short stay a great experience!  I can't thank you enough.

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Projects!
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Mini-Compressed-Air-Turbine/
http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Modular-Ball-and-Socket-Joints/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-Instructables-Robot-Keychain
Jet Engine Instructable coming later!

M.C. Langer11 months ago
Glad to met you Adam! I hope to see you again!
fozzy13 (author)  M.C. Langer11 months ago
It was great meeting and working with you Mario! If you ever find yourself in Ohio, I'll be here!
Thanks man! The same in Bogotá!
Kiteman11 months ago
Jet engine?

Ohhhhhh....
fozzy13 (author)  Kiteman11 months ago
That project was the main focus of my residency. I finished it just in time for my presentation, so no time for test runs.. When I receive it at my house, I'll get everything tested and the Instructable up!

..also I'm happy to have an Instructables legend like yourself checking out my post : )
Kiteman fozzy1311 months ago
Legend??

Makes me feel old...
fozzy13 (author)  Kiteman11 months ago
haha choose another term then! Phenom? I can just remember seeing and following your projects back when I first joined the site, and it makes me happy that you're still a part of it : )
Kiteman fozzy1311 months ago
I think I've only been here a year or longer than you?
fozzy13 (author)  Kiteman11 months ago
Maybe 2, but that's a good point. Now I'm old hahh..
Kiteman fozzy1311 months ago
I think the definition of "old" here is "doesn't play with K'NEX any more".
fozzy13 (author)  Kiteman11 months ago
haha I like that definition a lot..
darman1211 months ago
It would be so different and cool to be with people that make stuff, rather than just reading and looking at what they did. It would be especially cool to make stuff with them. 

"Going to the office" must have an entire different meaning down at HQ. You go to work so you can PLAY! That is so cool. 

I bet it was really fun to be able to collaborate with all those makers, way different than making alone. Did you work with other people a lot, or did you usually work independently? What were Build days like? Did you just present what you were working on and then had a Q&A type thing? Or were you able to ask for suggestions and help on your projects?

Thanks for sharing your experience!
fozzy13 (author)  darman1211 months ago
Mostly myself and the other artists worked independently, but it was still fun to talk about our individual projects with each other and kick around ideas for the future. I liked build days a lot because everyone in the office was making things, as opposed to just the AiRs. It was fun to talk to them about what they were building, try their food, and see that they all did more than just make the website run, even though that's pretty cool too. My presentation was pretty much exactly how you described.

I would've liked to take on larger, more collaborative projects with people, but I was only there for a month! Getting to kick around ideas with the other AiRs, and get help using the different equipment was awesome, but that's about as far as collaboration went.
darman12 fozzy1311 months ago
Interesting. Thanks for replying.
jessyratfink11 months ago
It was so nice to be able to work you with for a little while! Your presentation over the jet engine was awesome. :D
fozzy13 (author)  jessyratfink11 months ago
Thanks Jessy! I was nervous but the presentation was still fun. I look forward to getting it in the mail so I can test it!
canida11 months ago
Awesome! It was great having you here. Come back soon.
fozzy13 (author)  canida11 months ago
Thanks! I'd love to come back! But school is kind of necessary, unfortunately..