COMMON QUESTIONS

HOW IS IT MADE?
    The majority of this studio's commissions & projects are a synthesis of traditional art skills & contemporary fabrication using computer technologies streamlined from design to fabrication. Specialized software was developed by the artist to use along with other effective software for art, manufacturing, architecture & engineering. Instead of putting lots of little elegant components together,  this is infact the  reverse.   Various materials are   laced, layered, laminated & formed to create the best client solution.

   THINK ABOUT IT:  Blacksmiths - & more importantly the hammer - have been replaced by a new technology processes, .dxf, IGES, STEP & .stl files  that have not been applied to architecture with the same aesthetic potential or more of craft developed over centuries & millenia.  Machines continue to replace hand craft.  Clients include normal people, entertainment, government agencies, architects & contractors.

ESTIMATES
The studio will provide an initial free estimate based on accurate client information provided for materials & square footage of overall surface scope.
CONTRACTS & PAYMENT
   The studio uses contracts based on digital media applied to design & build.  Two phase contracts ~  one each for the Design & Fabrication phases are used for each  commission.

contemporary privacy & wall louver panel system ~ stainless steel & mikrolon plastic

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American Institute of Architects presentation at University of Toronto
UPDATE   1997 - 2007:   July 21, 2007 marks my first 10 year anniversary of ''Making Machines Sing.''
Wiith landmarks in art & technology. and as a single proprietor design studio with 3 top job awards from the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association,   it was my double honor to have my father with me at the 2007 NOMMA awards banquet this year in Destin Fl when I received my third Ernest Wiemann top job.   My initial instinct back in 1997 & subsequent decade long  exploration of metals has branched in other technologies that dovetail as a basis of art for architecture.  Conventional chemical milling,   imaging of concrete, custom disposable formwork, computer fabricated stone & mosaic technologies, woven metals, plastic fabrication, in addition to blacksmithing via modern .dxf dependent technologies - lasers, waterjet, plasma, hi-definition plasma, oxy fuel & routers.   The expertise in new technologies as art has garnered international lectures & coverage in the architectural press.  I have always felt that what I do is not abstract rocket science - but is the natural flow of hi engineering technology made practical & accessible as artist  media.
   
      This year - I learned to weld (and tailor goatskin welding gloves to fit my smaller hands), and now do much of my own ''hands on'' dirty work for local commissions.  My hi-tech approach & experience of metal work is now informed, all around and complete.   My studio vision  has branched, grown & prospered in direct response to unique people & projects,  whose search of a personal vision for architecture includes design that inspires & endures.   New ideas have been introduced - The new work in computer fabricated mosaics is a pleasing & colorful bridge back into my education in surface / textile design.  I am also introducing a small line of elegant gates to be assembled & marketed by other quality ornamental metal businesses on a special order basis.
    
     If what you have seen here, inspires your project or architecture,  please contact me regarding your project needs.  My goal has been and still is, to put elegant curves back into architecture seemlessly & more affordably.  The commissions are steeped in historic architectural or natural reference - but always forward looking.

fabricated steel Mosaic clad sculptural treesmosaic tile 3'' chair rail ceramic tile borderpedestrian gate - art deco seahorse theme in shop

THE STUDIO WORKS DIRECTLY WITH A CLIENT OR THROUGH THEIR AUTHORIZED AGENT - ARCHITECTS, DESIGN PROFESSIONALS OR CONTRACTORS - Either from Sketches or Verbally Expressed Ideas.
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Information Request about your project ideas & an estimate.   The studio creates original designs in metal, ceramic and/or cement to define a project's full value - from aesthetics  to include the client's bottom line.  If you have made it to this page in the website - most certainly,  you have seen something that inspired you. The artist's work is not in stores or galleries.  It is created in response to direct client requests.  In many cases, new processes & specifications have been created or improvised to implement a clients unique vision within the evolving  design & build enviroment.

YOUR DESIGN OR ''CUSTOM''    The studio approach,  unique skills & understanding of state of the industry manufacturing processes & tradtional fabrication practices - allows for cost effective truly custom work. Creating intact finished components,  the studio creates thru a design process based on its ability to draw with over 30 years of experience,  creating custom solutions.  Over the last decade within this specific niche design practice,  alliances within a wide range of manufacturing specialties has created a vast network of qualified vendors to regionally manufacture projects both domestically & internationally.

ALL COMMISSION WORK & SYSTEMS ARE CUSTOM DESIGNED TO  SPECIFIC SITE CONDITIONS & CLIENT DESIGN CRITERIA, ENGINEERED FOR QUALITY, & CUSTOM FABRICATED OR MANUFACTURING. 

COPYRIGHT  
The studio creates & maintains exclusively copyrighted design or artwork.  It also respects  the intellectual property of other designers or firms.  All of the artists copryighted work is covered by the same laws protecting  site specific architectural design projects.  Though design is an integral part of the process, the client is purchasing only finished art fabrications as functional component systems. 

LARGER REPETITIVE PROJECTS ARE MORE COST EFFECTIVE WITH
25% LICENSING FEE STRUCTURE & COMPETITIVE BIDS.
 

ASSEMBLY & INSTALLATIONS ARE SIMPLE & EASY    For projects done in collaboration - Welding, assembly & installations are designed for simplicity.    All installations are done by lisenced contractors.  Necessary templates,  patterns & installation details / drawings are included as needed to assist skilled craftsman & lisenced contractors collaborators.  This assures all projects are completed with ease. 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT & PROGRAMMING FILES  If you are a job shop in need of technical support or have materials consulting needs - please call the studio and ask for Eileen.  The number is 1(310) 548-4914, hours are PST 6am - 4pm.

OTHER MATERIALS  & MEDIA: 
Bronze or stainless steel are available in addition to ceramic, stone production cladding, flooring, surfaces and custom formwork.  The fabrication cost might be higher or lower  because of material costs & a somewhat restricted manufacturing envelope.  Potential materials range from custom veneers or flooring  in wood, stone or metals,  to mold tooling created for RTV rubber concrete forms,  ceramic mosaic systems either borders or murals, custom architectural cladding - ceramic & metal systems, direct disposable EPS form inserts, paper forms.  Anything that is the most useful approach to an aesthetic project solution. 

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