Sketchboard

The largest figure drawing meetup in the Bay Area. With events in SF, Oakland, SLO & LA. 

Sketchboard was born in August 2015. with a goal of creating affordable figure drawing classes. Sketchboard events are donation based, volunteer run, and inclusive, all-ages, body-positive spaces for local communities.

We host regular classes with several models accompanied by live music. 

The Red Vic

A 20 bedroom historic building converted into a co-living hotel, and community curated space.

Re-opened in fall 2014 as part of the Embassy Network, The Red Vic is a community resource for locals as well as an inspiring, radical, and collaborative home away from home for people from all over the world.

Wonderland

A floating living room & lawn. 

Built on a pontoon houseboat base, we added a 2nd level, kitchen, sleeping quarters, shade structure, piano, and a living room for tea time. Attached is an 8x8ft sod and flower covered lawn.

Created for Ephemerisle, a temporary floating city of approx. 1000 people that exists on the Sacramento River Delta for 7 days out of the year.

"The Bass"

There have been 4 bass guitars in my life, but this is The One.

Built from lumber, design based on an old Ibanez and BC Rich Warlock.

[freespace]

An experiment in what is possible when a community shares the gift of physical space. 

Started in June 2013, inspired by the National Day of Civic Hacking when a 14,000sq ft building on 7th & Mission in SF was acquired for the monthly rent of  just $1.

We hosted over 300 free events in the first month, and people created projects together such as a free bike share, maker classes for people in homeless shelters, and a community garden.

[freespace] is now a global movement. Currently there are [freespaces] developing in 26 locations and 18 different countries around the world.

The Cabinet of Wonders

Made a tonematrix in an analog box for the Gray Area fall Creative Code showcase.

We hacked together two micro controllers, 20 analog knobs, and a LED light bulb that responded to the sound that was created in brightness and color.

Check out the digital tonematrix that inspired the project here: http://tonematrix.audiotool.com/

 

Transient

Activate McCoppin

For one month, an abandoned parking lot in a San Francisco neighborhood was turned in to a community generated events space.

Local residents came together to host and attend concerts, dinners, yoga, art classes, meet their neighbors, and re-imagined the potential of the underutilized space on their block..

 

Transient

Sex Map

Using data to break down the stereotype of gender binaries and intolerance towards non-heteronormative lifestyles. Creating a broader understanding of the human experience, and providing a safe space for self exploration 

Users map themselves using a point on a graph based on gender (male-female on the x axis) and sexuality (straight-gay on the Y axis). The result is a visualization of the idea that there is no minority, and that as dynamic creatires human beings tend to collect in the 'grey area' rather than on either end of these spectrums.