Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Die Färberei

Die Färberei exemplifies why I love Munich. It's an enclave of urban culture, a great public resource, a nucleus of street-art activity, and totally hidden.

A one time textile dyeing plant, Die Färberei is located in the Rückgebaude of an apartment building and is a combination studio, gallery, shared work space and home to some of Munich's young graffiti and street artists.

I spent last Saturday there with a couple of fellow Etsy members to take a Siebdruck class (silk screen). The class was taught by a young cool-guy named Leo. At first, Leo gave the impression that there were about sixteen million things he'd rather be doing than teaching a bunch of amateurs how to Siebdruck on a Saturday, but he warmed up and by the end of the course I concluded ol' Leo was okay.

The class took the better part of a day. I knew the basics of how silk screen printing worked going into the class, but I didn't realize just how involved it is (producing a film, preparing the screen, imprinting your image onto the screen, washing the emulsion away, preparing the frame, inking it and then finally printing...)

By the end of the day my fantasies of 'running down to the silk screen place once week to whip out some cool prints' had completely evaporated. It's a lot of work. That's not to say I won't one day do a Siebdruck project, in fact once you take the class you are allowed to use the studio for a small fee, but thanks to the Färberei course, I know it's going to be a big project.

It's right across the road from the Schyrenbad. I was trying to find out if it's in Au or Untergiesing, but I can't find a map for that. In any case, it's on the border of the two.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Deutsches Museum

The Deutsches Museum is a ginormous science and industry museum with everything from previously used space capsules to old submarines, to any sort of musical instrument you can imagine. It's right in the middle of town, and great for kids - don't miss the underground Bergwerk (mining) exhibit. Take any S-Bahn and get off at 'Isartor' and follow the signs to the museum.

Photo from Flickr By Oliver N5

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Fablab München

So, I had never heard of Fab Lab until a couple of weeks ago. I would say it's part of the maker movement for machinery geeks (and I mean geeks in the most loving way.) Basically it's a kind of 'open studio' for home made heavy-duty equipment like laser cutters and 3-D printers. Apparently it started at MIT and has spread to cities all over the world.
When I discovered that Munich has a Fab Lab group, and that they were having an event last Monday, I had to check it out. It was at Machwerk (another new place to discover) and the guys were presenting, among other things, a 3D printer - which I learned is not a machine that prints flat images in 3D. It's like a fabrication machine, sort of like a poor man's Star Trek replicator