Made in Brooklyn, displayed in Brooklyn: Borough flexes its creative muscle at G’point expo

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Brooch the subject: Jewlery artists Kacy Huston (left) and Kristine Kim exhibited their cool collection of pretty pins at Brooklyn Designs, a showcase of borough-made goods at the Brooklyn Expo Center.
Reclaimed light: Dumbo-based Calator Design’s lighting fixtures are cast in translucent, tinted resin, and hand created from molds of driftwood pulled from the East River and fallen trees rescued from Prospect Park.
Plant n’ invention: Sculptural artist Serena Chang makes her planters from a mold of plastic wrap and styrofoam, then filling and casting it using gypsum concrete and resin.
Awesome adornment: Michal Lando’s designs encompass unique, handcrafted jewelry made out of nylon mesh.

An art gallery built in a shipping container, a virtual tour of a hotel rising in Williamsburg, a chair made from reclaimed wood from the Coney Island Boardwalk, and an interactive lounge inviting visitors to ink themselves and the furniture — dollars to doughnuts, if it’s designed and made in Brooklyn, it’s fugheddaboudit awesome!

Creative Kings County throbbed as vigorously as the East River underneath the Brooklyn Bridge at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Bklyn Designs exhibition in Greenpoint from May 6 to 8.

Area designers, architects, builders, developers, store buyers, industry influencers, educators, urban planners, and design-savvy consumers all flocked to the Brooklyn Expo Center to celebrate the borough’s rich design heritage, iconic style, and bustling creative community.

Visitors participated in drawing classes with professors from Pratt Institute, weaving sessions with the Textile Arts Center, live 3D modeling and printing from Gowanus-based Peru Meridian Studios, and a playable cornhole gallery by American Design Club.

Other offerings included a breakthrough playground from architect David Rockwell that encouraged unstructured free play, and a Maker’s Lab — a creative workspace where local designers and organizations held workshops and sessions.

Brooklyn brought its best game — as always! — said the Chamber’s head honcho.

“The Chamber is very proud of Bklyn Designs and that it offers such a wide range of participants from the creative economy in our borough,” said president and chief executive officer Carlo A. Scissura. “Everyone involved brings a unique perspective to the conversation on design, craft, architecture and the built environment.”

The innovation showcase began in 2003, and was one of the first design fairs to help put many Brooklyn makers and supporters on the map.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Charlies Samuals says:
What a creative exhibition that was. I my self wasn't lucky enough to attend it, but one of my friends attended it. He also learnt various art-making techniques such as weaving textile and wax product making. Also there was the art and technology combination of 3d modeling and 3d printing of various materials like glass, plastic and metal printing. I think this technology is running very fast in the direction of art making. We can now be able to 3d print any kind of metal parts with the aid of campanies such as, such that the technology is utilized in art making.
June 21, 2016, 1:25 am
Jannet says:
I was amazing
June 21, 2016, 1:26 am

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