Gizmo recently invited a group of art students from the San Francisco Art Institute to tour and explore our fabrication shop. The students are part the Young Artist Program (YAP), which is an immersive summer program for young artists ages 13–15. When the kids arrived they met with Gizmo’s Production Manager Jeremy Kaplan. He talked about what types of work that is done in the facility, and the importance of safety around machinery.
Jeremy also discussed the various ways that Gizmo works with artists, designers, and museums including creating unique environments for different kinds of spaces. People come from all over the country to have elements built by Gizmo because we have a track record of creating extraordinary, large-scale sculptures for over 20 years.
Jeremy explained that artists who are interested in working with Gizmo bring in design drawings. Sometimes it is very well developed; other times it is on the back of a napkin! Either way, Gizmo can help them through every step of the fabrication process.
After the sit-down talk, Jeremy guided the kids out to the fab floor. He showed all of the current projects and what goes into making them with tools and machines like a water jet, CNC router, and a laser. At the end of the tour, our Lead Laser Tech Eric Reedy showed the kids how to use the laser as well as set up the laser files on a computer with specific programs.
If you are interested in coming to Gizmo for a visit, please email through our contact page.