We’re all about innovation and inspiration. So we were thrilled to see Autodesk’s own J. Sassaman mentioned in a recent 7x7 article, “4 Women Makers Who Inspire Us.” J. manages the Autodesk Pier 9 Artists in Residence (AIR) program, which helps artists and makers push their ideas and skills to the next level. She says she loves “work that tells a story,” whether it’s a set of ceramic bowls or Beyonce’s “Flawless” video. (We love you too, Bey.) When asked what creativity and innovation mean to her, J. says, “I’m not convinced there’s any difference between these 2, besides the fact that creativity is more whimsical and offbeat, and innovation gets applied to business and industry. They both work by combining familiar things in unexpected ways.”
As workshop manager and creative projects manager at the Pier 9 workshop, Ms. Sassaman gets to see creativity and innovation at work every day. The Pier 9 program gives artists and makers a chance to work with Autodesk’s digital fabrication tools, plus get expert training and be part of a unique creative community. We give them equipment and resources they may not have access to on their own to bring their wildest visions to life. And the creativity and innovation at Pier 9 are the same stuff that fuel so much of the great work engineers and designers do around the world each day—the very stuff you’ll find at AU online in tips, tricks, trainings, and more.
Check out some recent Pier 9 work, including these stunning animated 3D printed sculpture Blooms by artist John Edmark, who also teaches design at Stanford University. Watch the video—it’s incredible. Equally incredible is this beautiful Strata Bench inspired by Death Valley and created with stacked plywood by artist Adrien Segal.
Everything resident artists create at Pier 9 belongs to them. All we ask is that they publish their work on Instructables.com (a.k.a. DIY Heaven). If you’ve never been to Instructables.com—go now. (Warning: you might lose yourself down the DIY rabbit hole for hours.) You can learn how to do everything from making your own pickles to converting headphones to Bluetooth wireless. It’s a lot like the Autodesk Gallery, an online destination where designers, engineers, and makers from around the world share what they do and get inspired by others. Autodesk Gallery will soon be a part of the AU web experience, giving AU speakers, attendees, and others around the globe a chance to share their own inspirational design and engineering work.
Check out the 7x7 article, “4 Women Makers Who Inspire Us.”
See more inspirational Pier 9 projects.