Thursday, September 14, 2017

RECAP // Factory 500 Tour of Homewood

On Friday, September 8, Factory 500 members joined MF Co-Directors at the Homewood studio of blacksmith Colin Carrier, owner of London Pattern. Carrier's studio creates handcrafted and decorative metalworks for homes and businesses using old-school technology and vintage tools. Carrier demonstrated the versatility of his machines, showing members the sheer force needed to work with metal as well as the delicacy and skill required for more intricate pieces.

Members were able to gather close, getting an intimate look at Carrier's technique, though they were careful to stay far enough away so as not to get burned!

The group then made their way down the street to Ashley Cecil's studio. Cecil is an artist and illustrator who is fascinated with flora and fauna. Her work blends art and science. She immerses herself in residencies with scientific institutions and gains inspiration for her paintings from their collections of birds and plants. 

Cecil explained her process of painting, graphic design, and manufacturing to MF members, showcasing her extensive body of work.

Finally, members ended their evening at the home of MF board member, Alice Snyder, where they were joined in a surprise visit from the Shady Dog. Members dined on hot dogs, pierogies, and wine while they enjoyed the evening and the last bits of the summer. 

For more information on how you can get involved with Factory 500, simply click here and join today! If you have questions about the program please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Hall, Development Coordinator. Catch up with what the group has been doing by following this blog and our Instagram account.  

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