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Satta Presents Spiritual Materialism

The London-based artist takes up residence in Bali for a show featuring mixed media and reclaimed wood

by Hans Aschim in Culture on 22 October 2014

Art, Bali, Deus ex Machina, Illustration, Indonesia, London, Painting, Satta, Skateboards, Surfboards, Surfing, Woodworking

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Drawing on a combination of illustration, painting and woodworking skills, Joe Lauder has swiftly put Satta—his line of retro-inspired, handmade cruiser skateboards and accompanying apparel—on the global skate and surf radar. His collaborative work with illustrator and friend Stevie Gee has also caught the attention of the graphic design community in the UK and abroad. Based in South London, Lauder's approach to art and crafting skateboards is rooted in creatively adapting to one's environment. On what was meant to be a short holiday in Bali, Lauder was invited to extend his stay at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm as the space's artist-in-residence. The Temple is part gallery, part workshop, part cafe and entirely focused on creativity and good vibes. Six weeks later, Lauder's show "Spiritual Materialism" is now open at the Temple's gallery—featuring work incorporating found materials, freshly shaped skate decks and reclaimed wood just to name a few.

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"'Spiritual Materialism' is a collection of artifacts from the spaces in-between," Lauder explains, "reflections on the human hunger for profundity and although at the same time influenced by a number of cultures, pointing the finger in the direction of our common human heritage." Drawing on both religious and spiritual iconography, Lauder's illustration work is complemented by his woodworking prowess.

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Lauder teamed up with a local wood expert to make use of discarded hardwood from the island. "He took me out all over the place searching for wood," Lauder says. "We visited so many different timber mills and then came across this old yard selling only old teak that had been reclaimed from old boats and houses. As soon as I saw it I knew that was what I wanted to work with. I was stoked that it had been something else and I was getting the chance to give it a new life."

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Despite heading to Bali to surf and escape the British summer (i.e. slightly warmer rainy season), Lauder found himself in a familiar location: the studio. "It was pretty tough finding a balance between enjoying the island life and making work for the exhibition," he says. "I basically shut myself away for six weeks in the studio and then when the [work] was done tried to cram in as much time in the water as possible."

"Spiritual Materialism" is open now through 28 November 2014 at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm, located in Canggu, Bali.

Images courtesy of Yulinar Rusman

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Ultraolive Taped Seam Dry Bag

Keep essentials dry or stash away wet and dirty gear without spreading the mess in your suitcase

by Hans Aschim in Travel on 22 October 2014

Bags, Dry Bags, Taped Seams, Travel Accessories, Brooklyn, NYC, Roll Top Bags, Ultraolive, Waterproof

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There's nothing worse than needing to pack a pair of dirty running shoes or workout clothes into a (semi) clean suitcase of clothes—especially after a rainy day jog. And traveling is stressful enough without having to worry about the fate of your stored electronics when that sprinkle transforms into a torrential downpour. Luckily, the design crew at Brooklyn-based Ultraolive has a solution to both. Their new dry bag contains the mess of your beat up trainers or provides a dry safe haven for electronics. The heavily coated cotton is given the roll-top treatment with taped seams and TPU backing for a water-tight seal; a heavy duty buckle closure keeps the seal securely in place. When empty, the bag packs down flat for easy storage. Never question the rainy day travel run again.

Pick up the Taped Seam Dry Bag from Ultraolive in black or ice blue for $55.

Images courtesy of Ultraolive

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The Possible Project: A Makerspace for Teen Entrepreneurs

An after school program campaigns for funds to provide students with a cutting-edge, hands-on learning environment

by Gabriella Garcia in Culture on 22 October 2014

Start Ups, Education, Entrepreneurship, Kickstarter, Makerspace, Non-Profit, Boston, Kids

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In a world where even a college degree seems to be barely enough to start a successful career path of any kind, entry into the workforce now demands a worthy skill set and competitive edge in a global economy. Anticipating this, lifelong entrepreneurs Mark and Becky Levin founded The Possible Project, an after school program in Cambridge, MA that helps high school students master the skills necessary to create and run their own businesses. In light of the start-up industry's sustained growth and the disruptive nature of the space, Becky and Mark Levin are right on the money.

Since 2010, The Possible Project has partnered with three local public schools and already supported over 250 students, many of whom come from backgrounds that present potential barriers to achievement. As part of the program, the teenagers have launched a multitude of healthy ventures, selling products and services from the artistic (handcrafted accessories, boutique nail art) to the pragmatic (smartphone customization, computer repair and eBay packaging services). Throughout the three-year curriculum, The Possible Project provides resources, mentorship and lessons in design and production.

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Now, The Possible Project is keeping their students ahead of the game by building a cutting-edge, 1,800 square foot makerspace, slated to open this December. Conceptualized after the founders noticed that students were ordering product components from distant sources, the space will provide a hands-on learning environment equipped with digital design software, a vinyl cutter and a 3D printer. This, the Levins hope, will give their students "the opportunity to design, prototype, manufacture and sell their goods at scale." Fundamentally, the space will give students at The Possible Project the ability to cultivate their ventures from raw material to launch and expansion.

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However, The Possible Project can't do it alone. The program is currently seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign to equip the makerspace with a professional-grade Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter, a versatile machine that will open a whole new spectrum of possibilities for students. "They're surprisingly interdisciplinary," The Possible Project writes on the campaign page. "A graphic designer uses a laser cutter to create signage and corporate collaterals like logo-engraved glassware; an architect produces scale mockups; a jeweler makes finely-cut earrings; a toy designer produces parts for her latest action figure."

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The campaign isn't leaving this claim up for speculation either—pledge rewards will all be made by students using the Trotec laser cutter purchased with the donations. Rewards include laser-etched champagne glasses and water bottles, laser cut thank you cards, and a one-of-a-kind, laser cut Pangolin chandelier. All items are completely unique to order, personally connecting campaign donors with the students they are helping.

Back The Possible Project's makerspace via Kickstarter through 1 November 2014.

Images courtesy of The Possible Project

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