At the Mermaid Parade this year, I had the opportunity to 3D scan Kate Dale, the “Pink Poodle Lady”. Last week Kate called me and invited me up to Julliard (where she is the prop master), to 3D scan her entire float before it had to be dismantled. I tried several times to use the Sense scanner to capture it, but the scan wasn’t quite ideal. For example, the fish Phinn’s scales were not showing up and there were a number of seams. It would have been a lot of zbrushing to fix it. So I pulled out my iPhone and used 123dCatch. The results are great! I may pull out the Sense scans and use some details from them to add further embellishments- for example the clamshell footlights, but really I’m quite pleased with the result!
My friends Thea and Justin were married yesterday. It was a wonderful event. My gift to them was a Scan-A-Rama 3D printed wedding cake topper of themselves. It looked beautiful on top of the cake. It’s not the first one of these I’ve done but it was the first one I’ve been to the actual wedding to see. Congrats to Thea and Justin!
Please come join us Sunday July 6 from 2-6pm for the artist’s reception at the Coney Island Museum!
I’ve been trying to carve out time to go back and remodel the Main Luna Park tower in ZBrush- the original model was done in SketchUp and lacks the kind of ornamental detail that the newer pieces have. The version of the tower in the show is also too small in comparison to the rest of the model, so it needs reprinting. When completed, this tower will be taller than me! I still need to add a number of decorative corbels and embellish the top with acanthus leaves and ornamentation, but its getting there….
Today I am setting up a display in the Manhattan Makerbot Store windows. The windows will feature some of my favorite 3D portraits and a smaller version the Luna Park Tower. The work will be there for the month of July and I will be speaking there on July 10. To attend or find out more, click the photo or visit http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2014/06/26/makerbot-innovator-session-fred-kahl-speak-nyc/
I would like to publicly announce that I have left my position as the Executive Creative Director at New York’s interactive design studio Funny Garbage to start life’s next adventure. I plan pursue a new career involving 3D printing, teaching and writing, and am actively seeking new opportunities. This summer I will be focusing on building my new company Scan-A-Rama 3D- the portrait studio of the future. I will continue to teach in the Spring at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Department.
My last 17 years with Funny Garbage has been an amazing journey working with the greatest team of designers, developers, producers I have ever known. We created groundbreaking projects in collaboration with some of the greatest clients ever. It has truly been an honor and privilege to work together. Since 1997, Funny Garbage has been a wonderful home and family to me, but it was time to move on. I leave behind a highly capable and motivated team and I wish them all well. Seventeen years ago I was fresh out of grad school at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program with two infants and a grand total of $60 left in my bank account. My friend Peter Girardi – a graphic designer and former graffiti artist that I had worked with at The Voyager Company, had just founded a new graphic design startup named Funny Garbage with John Carlin- a lawyer who also ran the Red Hot Organization- a nonprofit that raises money for AIDS charities through a series of themed music releases. Inspired by the Residents’ Freak Show CD ROM, I had left my career as a sword swallower in Coney Island, and gone to grad school to become an digital artist in this new age of interactivity. Just as I joined FG, this new “thing” the World Wide Web began transforming the world around us. We got in on the ground floor to create groundbreaking work in interactive entertainment with some of the best brands and clients in the world. The hallmark of Funny Garbage’s work over the last (almost) two decades has been collaborations with great clients to create well designed and playful interactive experiences with personality. The numerous awards our work has won, from Emmys to Webbys is testament to our successes.
The world of apps has literally brought me back full circle to where I began in the era of CD ROM so it feels like a fitting time for a change. In the aftermath of last year’s Coney Island Scan-A-Rama Kickstarter, my fascination and love for 3D printing has beckoned for full time attention. Both my children are now off to college. Its time for a major life metamorphosis. There are numerous opportunities for personal growth with 3D scanning and printing, so I am taking a giant leap of faith that the universe will take care of me. So here goes with my next venture- Scan-A-Rama 3D!
Not only will I be doing a talk at the NY Makerbot store on July 10, I will be doing their windows for the month!
New York MakerBot Store Hosts Fred Kahl for a MakerBot Innovator Session and Celebrates Coney Island’s Luna Park
The Great Fredini to Talk About 3D Printing, Coney Island and Art – July 10, 2014
WHO: MakerBot is excited to announce a unique event at the New York MakerBot Store on Thursday, July 10, 2014. MakerBot will host an Innovator Session with Fred (The Great Fredini) Kahl. This informative lecture will showcase how The Great Fredini used five MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers to create an accurate scale model of Coney Island’s Luna Park (as it appeared in 1914). A smaller version of Kahl’s Luna Park Model will be on display during the Innovator Session, as well as in the main window of the New York City MakerBot Store from July 1st – July 25th.
WHAT: Come hear The Great Fredini speak about his 3D art, the Luna Park 3D printed model, and his successful Kickstarter campaign for Coney Island Scan-A-Rama, in which he created custom 3D portraits to be displayed alongside the Luna Park model at a Coney Island Museum exhibition. This exciting and informative seminar is geared towards those interested in 3D printing and its numerous uses. This event is free and open to the public; space is limited though so pre-registration is required at http://www.makerbot.com/retail-store/events-newyork/.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014
WHERE: MakerBot Store
298 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
WHY: The Great Fredini, who formerly worked as a sword swallower and glassblowing artist, is looking forward to sharing the powers of 3D printing with others. “Luna Park has a special place in history, a witness to the society being transformed by technology. These are the themes that are relevant to us today as our world undergoes the third industrial revolution,” said Kahl in the press release for his exhibit. “This piece is also about a deep love of Coney Island as the cultural melting pot and showcase for presenting cutting-edge technology as entertainment.”
Kahl’s Scan-A-Rama won nine awards at World MakerFaire New York. To view pictures of the Luna Park model, visit http://thegreatfredini.com/. The full exhibit will be open at the Coney Island Museum until May 2015.To learn more about the New York MakerBot Store Innovation Session with The Great Fredini, Fred Kahl, visit http://www.makerbot.com/retail-store/events-newyork/, or call 347-457-5758.