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jueves, 29 de enero de 2015

New year's resolution: handmade gifts!

This year I have decided to create each present that I will be giving with my own hands.
First, because I'm good at that ;) Second, because I want to avoid consumerism and, last but not least, because I think handmade and personalised presents are more unique and special to the people you are giving the presents to.

Hope to give a lot of them in 2015!

Shrink plastic keychain and set of fridge magnets for my friend Andrés:

Last weekend was Andrés birthday. He has been living in London for over two years but he will move to Dallas in April. He said he will use this keychain for his new keys <3 p="">You can read what he writes at The Wild Detectives here.

jueves, 8 de mayo de 2014

jeff desom at MUDAM

Last Easter I went to Luxembourg, I know it's not a very touristic place to go for a holiday but the flights were the cheapest and it was a new place I hadn't visited yet.

The landscape was beautiful, the food not very good. Anyway, if you ever go to this city don't forget to visit MUDAM (museum of modern art). It really impressed me. Very nice building and well curated exhibitions.

It might be gone already but by the time I was there, Jeff Desom and its 'Rear window loop' were there too. This young artist (1984) who lives and works in Luxembourg made a projection of a 20-minute condensed version of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954). Done with After Effects and Photoshop it's a very captivating piece.

Check it out!

my own synth

How good are you with DIY stuff?

I have to say that I'm very good with crafts. Give me some glue, scissors and colour paper and I will make you anything. But I'm terrible with wires and electronics. I just feel scared of the materials and I think anything that requires more than changing a light bulb looks like professional engineering work to me. I truly admire those ones who can strip a wire without blink. The sad thing is that there was a time I was able to do it, I remember those circuits we had to do for science at the school, hadn't you?

So, when I found about this DIY Synth workshop from Technology will save us I thought it would be a good way to lose some fear to technology and learn something new: creating something with my own hands that produces noise music? it can't be possible!

To be honest, I'm still scared and I still don't know anything. Names of the components, what they do... still sound like other language to me. But it was a good experience. Making my own synth as if I was building a Kinder surprise (like the old times, with more than 4 pieces to assemble) and seeing work was like getting birth.

I might be try to build a Game with Arduino the next time...


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