BENEFIT FOR THE DRAGON SMELTER CAMP

COME ONE,COME ALL

Benefit
for the one and only
Dragon Smelter Camp

Friday July 22

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When was the last time you went to a Pajama Party?

Come Have a Burnin’ Good Time!
and
Support the Dragon Smelter Camp

Wear Your Best P.J’s
partake in all the wonderous frivolity!

There will a performance by:
Circus Emporium Road Show

THREE LIVE BANDS

Tarot Readings By the Highly respected Wiccan Practitioner
Reverened Joey Tally

A Curiosity Show at the ODDITORIUM

BEAT POETRY BY
WORD ANGEL
AND
SPINACH WILLIAMS

and much more!

STARTS AT 8PM….UNTIL
2610 UNION STREET
WEST OAKLAND

PRE-SALE TICKETS:$12.00
THROUGH
BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM
$15.00 at the door

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Happy Place-Emma Macchiarini-Mankin Morris

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MACCHIARINI CREATIVE DESIGN IS PROUD TO PRESENT 

HAPPY PLACE

THE LASTEST PAINTINGS BY EMMA MACCHIARINI-MANKIN MORRIS

Please join us

 First Friday July 1st from 6-9 pm

for the opening reception of our show.

Refreshments and Poetry will be served!

1544 Grant Ave. between Union and Filbert

in beautiful North Beach,

San Francisco

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The Untold Tales Of North Beach-First Friday June 3rd

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ARTIFACTS AND ARCHIVES: The Untold Tales of North Beach
The Fourth of four First Fridays dedicated to the
exploration of San Francisco’s
Unique Artistic Heritage

All you Beats,Bohemians and North Beach Neighbors old & new alike, gather to tell and hear Myths,Legends & Tall Tales of infamous ol’ North Beach.
Share your joyful, sad, poignant stories and fabulous fables!!!!
Join us this first friday June 3rd 6pm-9pm and tell us your tales of old North Beach. As our neighborhood under goes drastic changes, we need to remember where we have come from in order to chart our course for the future.So remind us of who we
were…and are…tell your tales.

Story Corp:
Chronicle your story
For those who would like your stories kept so other generations can hear and feel the way we North Beachers were, we will be downloading the STORYCORP app and setting it up so you can tell your story to be archieved at the Smithsoian the same night of June 3rd.

Last Chance!

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Last chance to get your raffle ticket to

WIN
a
Peter Macchiarini
Litho or Sculpture.

Help support our efforts to get Peter’s Archieves in order and available to the public as well as produce a book on this west coast giant of the Mid-Century Modernist “WEARABLE ART” movement. Tickets are just $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00.

Drawing will be at
9 PM
this First Friday June 3rd

LITHOS

Macchiarini Creatrive Design
Has It’s First Tee-Shirt !!!!
A Father’s Day present from Emma to her Father Dan, she ordered a few extras. So if you want a bit of a True North Beach Legend to take home……they are for sale!

MCD-TEE SHIRT LARGE BANNER

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May First Friday-THE BEATS

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The Third of four First Fridays dedicated to the
exploration of San Francisco’s
Unique Artistic Heritage

THE BEAT MOVEMENT:
THE UNFETTERING OF PERSONAL EXPRESSION
IN THE 1950’s

THIS FIRST FRIDAY,MAY 6TH WE WILL EXPLORE THE BEAT TRADITION IN NORTH BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO.WE WILL START BACK IN THE LATE 1940’S WITH THE ORIGINAL FOUR “BEAT” ARTIST OF THE HIPSTER/BEAT ERA: Neal Cassady,Jack Kerouac,William Burroughs and of course Allen Ginsberg.
WE WILL BE SHOWING THE PBS SPECIAL ON NEAL CASSADY 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.OUR PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE A LIVE GALLERY READING OF
“HOWL” WITH BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP PARTICIPATION.
DANNY MAC WILL READ FROM “THE TIME OF THIER LIVES” AND DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF “The Place” WHICH IS THE BAR WHERE GINSBERG READ “HOWL” EACH NIGHT TO HIS FELLOW POETS AS HE WAS WRITING IT (THAT IS LOCATED DIRECTLY NEXT DOOR TO MACCHIARINI CREATIVE DESIGN STUDIO/GALLERY).
WE WILL ALSO HAVE LIVE POETRY READINGS BY:

GERRY NICOSIA
Kush
Gail Mitchell
and
surprise guest Poets

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST,A DISCUSSION OF NORTH BEACH AND IT’S SIGNIFICANCE TO THE BEAT MOVEMENT WITH RENOWNED STORYTELLER/HISTORIAN & TOUR GUIDE RORY O’CONNOR.
TO CLOSE THE EVENING WE WILL BE PLAYING AN AUDIO RECORDING OF ALLEN GINSBERG READING “HOWL”.

THE BEATS 6

Program to be held at
Macchiarini Creative Design
1544 Grant Ave
BETWEEN UNION AND FILBERT
5PM – 9PM +

COME ONE, COME ALL

ENJOY THE GREAT ART, THE PROGRAM

AND SHARE A GLASS OF WINE WITH US

REMEMBER TO HELP SUPPORT THE PETER MACCHIARINI ARCHIVE FUND

BY
BUYING A RAFFLE TICKET
FOR
A CHANCE TO WIN A GENUINE
PETER MACCHIARINI
LITHO OR SMALL SCULTURE

DAD'S SCULPTURES -MINITURES

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Sign up for Spring Session of Metalworks SF Now

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                                    Do Something Different For A Change!          

FOLLOW YOUR METAL MUSE

 TO

METALWORKS SF

 School of Handcrafted Jewelry and Metal art

SPRING SESSION STARTS

APRIL 7th

Learn the art and the craft of metal from two of the countries best known

neo-modernist master metal smith artists

Daniel Macchiarini

and

Emma Morris Macchiarini-Mankin.

Classes are limited to 7 students, with a master metal smith instructor and a teaching assistant. The spring session runs for seven weeks with an extra make-up class at the end of the semester for a total of eight classes. All classes are 3 hours long and all tools and materials (except for precious metals like silver or gold and gem stones ) are included in the tuition.

THIS SPRING WE ARE OFFERING:

Fundamentals of Lost Wax Casting

Begining and advanced

INSTRUCTED BY DANIEL MACCHIARINI

APRIL 7TH – MAY 25TH

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 6PM-9PM

MAKE- UP CLASS JUNE 1ST.

and

Fundamentals of Fabrication

Begining and advanced

INSTRUCTED BY

EMMA MORRIS MACCHIARINI-MANKIN

APRIL 9TH – MAY 27TH

FRIDAY NIGHT 6PM-9PM

MAKE- UP CLASS JUNE 10TH.

For further information or to sign up

visit our website:

metalworkssf.com

or

Contact us the old school way:

Call Us : 415-209-0096

Stop by the gallery and see the studio you will work in!

1544 GRANT AVE.,S.F.

between UNION & FILBERT

10% DISCOUNT FOR SIGING UP BY MARCH 25TH

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Bohemian-Beat Gathering

                                                     

    YOU ARE INVITED!!!!

      MACCHIARINI CREATIVE DESIGN

        1544 Grant Ave.

      Between Union and Filbert Streets,

    at the foot of Telegraph Hill in SF

       FIRST FRIDAYS NORTH BEACH!

    March 4TH 6-10 PM

       BOHEMIAN-BEAT GATHERING:

     ARTIFACTS AND ARCHIVES

     CELEBRATING

    The Archives of

      Peter Macchiarini

    And Neal Cassady

On display will be the wedding rings that Peter

made for Neal and Caroline Cassidy circa 1960

Chance to WIN A genuine Original artwork by

      PETER MACCHIARINI

  Poetry. Live Jazz, Food & Drink

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In 1960 Neal and Caroline Cassady had their wedding rings made by Peter Macchiarini. The Macchiarini family recently made contact with Jami Cassady (Neal and Caroline’s daughter) through the Peter Macchiarini archivist Lisbit Bailey. Jami graciously agreed to bring the rings to the Macchiarini Creative Design Studio / Gallery for a First Friday viewing and Bohemian/Beat Gathering” to promote the Peter Macchiarini and Neal Cassady Archieves. Expect Merriment, Poetry Reading, Jazz, food and drink!!!!

ABOUT THE PETER MACCHIARINI ARCHIVES

Starting in the Spring of 2015, the Macchiarini’s, with the volunteer help of professional archivist Lisbet Bailey started to organize and archive the volumes of pictures and materials surrounding Peter’s art and his community activities. We have gotten to a point now where we need archival storage materials, space to work on the archives, a Mac computer dedicated solely to the archives and a high end scanner just to put the thousands of photographs of his work into acceptable academic form. We also need to have the ability to apply for grants to pay our archivist at least a stipend for her work as she has given us close to 70 hours of her time without compensation. Ultimately, one of our ultimate goals is to produce a book of Peter’s work, and as we all know it usually costs more to bring to print an art book of any kind, than it makes back.

Our ultimate goals include having the archives accessible to all that have artistic curiosity or academic interest in Peter’s work specifically and mid-century modernism generally. No other “WEARABLE ART” movement artist has a solo book of their work outside of Alexander Calder who was much more renowned for his mobile sculptures than his jewelry. Even though the modernist  “wear art movement” actually started in the 1930’s on the West coast, with few exceptions, most books on “Mid-Century modernism” emphasize and recognize the contributions of artists of the East coast. As Peter was on the leading edge of the modernist movement in the metal arts even as  a protege of Margret Da Patta’s in the mid 1930’s. he then quickly developing himself into an innovator and leader in his own right. We feel it is time to have the west coast artists and particularly Peter recognized for the major contributions they made to modernism as an art movement.

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Wishing All of You, a Happy, and Prosperous, New Year!

Looking forward to 2016………..


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We will be starting Winter quarter on January 20th, 2016 with the first Lost Wax Casting class, and January 22nd, with the first Fabrication class. All classes are 3 hours once a week and run for 9 weeks with one extra make-up  class. It’s not too late to sign up for classes. Click on the link to Metalworks, or visit www.metalworkssf.com

The Lost Wax Casting class has an emphasis on jewelry making, and ring making in particular. Other project ideas are certainly encouraged, and it could be a good opportunity to create a small sculpture or other unusual project. Instructor, Daniel Macchiarini,  guides students through the process, starting from an unformed piece of wax to a finished piece of wearable jewelry. All work is done by the students themselves, including  investment of  wax models, kiln burnout, use of the casting torch, the casting itself, and the finishing, and polishing of the cast piece.

The Fabrication class is essential Metal Smithing basics, and yeilds at least 2 finished pieces. Instructor Emma Macchiarini Morris, leads the class in basic sawing, cutting, forming, soldering, bezel making, and stone setting.  Repeating students, or students with some experience are encouraged to create independant projects of their own choosing, and may include clasp making, fold forming, hinge-building, and inlay.

Our classes accommodate both, absolute beginners, who have no metal experience at all, and students who have extensive metalwork backgrounds. Our classes accommodate  5-7 students, and emphasize project based learning. Students will get a good deal of on-on one instruction, and ability to use equiptment with minimal wait time

For more information and to sign up, go to the independant website: www.metalworkssf.com

 

New Designs on the Horizons. Below

Dan’s lastest sterling silver and brass monkey

and the lastest dot ring.

Marble, Lapis, Turquise, and Ebony.

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Monkey Pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jade signet ring

with Macchiarini hyroglyphs

 

Christmas 2015: A Difficult Transition

photo 1Macchiarini Design still mourns the  passing of our beloved Joan Mankin, Dan Macchiarini’s wife, and Emma Macchiarini’s Mother. Her death occured on Septermber 26, 2015, after her illness and strugle with ALS. We have pursrervered through this difficult time because of the love and support from all of our customers, and community. Thank you for your condolences, and well wishes, they have truly bouyed our spirits, and helped  to help keep us going. Best Wishes in the New Year!

-Macchairini Studio

 

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IN MEMORIUM JOAN MACCHIARINI-MANKIN

After a heroic battle with motor neuron disease (als/ftd), it is with great sadness that Macchiarini Creative Design posts the passing of Dan’s wife, Emma’s mother and Hanna’s grandmother, Joan.  Renown clown QUEENIE MOON, comedic actor, international theatre professor, director and circus educator, her indomitable, generous and gracious spirit will live on forever in our hearts, minds and the never ending stories of her antics and adventures.

Beloved by all

 She is the stuff of legends

Queenie

                                                             QUEENIE MOON

                                       MAY 17,1948 – SEPTEMBER 26,2015

 

 

 

 

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The 2015 DRAGON SMELTER BLOG IS HERE: It’s Burn time again !!

SunriseDragon&theManDan has gone to the playa a week ahead of the official start of Burning Man with his forward crew to set up the DRAGON SMELTER and his gifted COIN /PENDANT MAKING operation as well as the DRAGON SMELTER CAMP. He’s had a lot of trouble getting through to us because of both the location and the fact the Playa has had dust storms. So here is the daily blog until Dan gets back with both pics and commentary.

Sunday September 8th

Last Night the MAN burned...it took longer than usual to fall…..Dan got video as well as pictures…….. still can only get phone calls out…..the TEMPLE burns tointe and tomorrow  Black Rock City 2015 starts to deslove back into the dust from which, like a magnificent returning phoenix, it arises each year.

Saturday September 7th

  Got a phone call before sunset from Dan…. things at Dragon Smelter Camp are going as planned …..theBigggg pour was a great success as all of the molds came out….not one failure……… Tonight the Man Burns

Friday September 6th

No call got through ….Today was the big pour day for Dragon Smelter Crew

Thursday September 5th,

Finally Got another cell phone call from Dan at the end of the day…..  DUSTY CONDITIONS STILL BUT   a hundred Black Rock Scouts (kids, tweens and early teens) came to the smelter today to learn about “leave no trace” recycling and to make a coin each……..phenomenal all things considered……..the smelting continues as the playa citizenry continue to bring aluminum

Wednesday September 4th.

Black Rock City remains in dust storm conditions.……Dan got a phone call through….  they are they are still holding sand casting work shops and plan to do the biggggg pour of the sculptures on Friday! Dust or no dust the coin making operation is still more popular than they can accommodate . Dan said he has one of the most amazing crews he has ever had as nothing deters them and they are dedicated to fulfilling their mission with the Dragon Smelter…..HATS OFF THE THE DRAGON FLOWERS!!!!!!!!!!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND AND WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD

Still no transmissions from Dan and now his phone simply goes to voice mail………. as I said when he finally gets through to us there will be plenty of pics and commentary.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST

INTERNET TRANSMISSION DOWN.……BUT DAN’S BLOGGING RIGHT ALONG SO WHEN THE INTERNET COMES BACK/ALLOWS FOR “SEND” WE WILL HAVE BEAUCOUP PICTURES AND COMMENTARY

SUNDAY AUGUST 30TH

Internet has gotten very problematic ……….this is all I could get through today….. tomorrow is the fist day of BURNING MAN 2015.  Our camp is in order, the casting and coin/pendant operations are ready for action………All the Dragon Flowers (dragon crew members) are ready for this momentous event to once again begin!

Wish you all were here too……..from a fully formed BLACK ROCK CITY 2015

                                           Love and Respect     Danny Mac

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      The first fire effects of 2015… seen through the receding Haboob at sunset-                                                                                             Dan on the deck

SATURDAY AUGUST 29TH  We are n the middle of a dust storm… Now been going on 4 hours…biiiiggggg “white out”. We had to take down some of the walls of our work shade structure…huge winds…just have to wait it out!!!

8:29 on the playa geodesic dust storm refuge

Here we are inside a Geodesic Dome partying in the dust storm with our neighbors “Vamp Camp”!

Couldn’t do much work today in the white out conditions. Sunset everything cleared and it has been a beautiful night…Black Rock City is now REAL.
Our camp is full and installations are INCREDIBLE…
Will have major pics. tomorrow …………………
Tonight we were invited to dinner as a whole crew to “Feed the Artists” Camp.
These folks were established back 2010!!! Very cool people…their mission is to feed artists and their crew when they are too exhausted to feed themselves during build week!
gourmet food!!

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In gratitude I made this fire cauldron for them along with this dinner gong 5 years ago…

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FRIDAY AUGUST 28TH:

Bugs and other life forms surround the desert but last only  hours in it.
The weather here this year at BM has been relative kind so far.

SOME GENERAL THOUGHTS ON BM
So, OK every time I go to Burning Man I feel like I’m Bilbo or Alace taking a journey of chance, danger, expanded consciousness and enlightenment!!!
It also has a feeling of “going through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole”.
The Black Rock Desert sits at almost 4000 feet above sea level but it was at one time, 80 million years ago, in the time starting with
Pangea extending through the Jurassic, 300′ under an inland Ocean. Giant ancient alligators, sharks, ichthyosaurs’s swam its waters above our heads where we now make our camp!!!
The ancient inland sea spread out hundreds of miles northeast in what must have been an amazing water way! Mountains surround the black rock desert but the desert is so extensively flat that it falls off like ocean horizon line and locals refer to the edges of the
Black Rock desert where it runs into the surrounding mountains as the “Shoreline”.
You can still see the real ancient shoreline etched into the mountains in some
places!
In the winter there is often up to 3′ of snow covering the ground. Melting in the spring, the snow water creates a huge mud swamp until it sinks into
ground where it packs down the mud into a super deep crush which is almost impossible to dig up by hand!
Summers and Fall in the BR Desert at marked by heat during the which can reach 110 degrees and then drop at night as low as 32 degrees. Winds are a huge factor! They can reach up to 80 MPH, spawn mini tornados and cause huge dust storms which last last for days. Torrential warm rains happen too briefly creating a mud bath but the desert is an extremely dry claimant in general and it sucks moisture out of your skin. Walking on the “playa” in bare feet over a period of hours will cause your feet to dry out

So WiFi is getting more problematic here but I will Keep trying…
ON THE DRAGON…yesterday we put some new teeth into the head of the Dragon, finished all the electrical for the poofers, did a soap test on all the propane lines and
connectors, hooked up the igniters, cleaned her good. What is left is the lighting electrical.
New teeth are particularly cool!!

Dragon DENISTRY NEWTeeth 2015 iDRAGON DENTISTRY ON THE PLAYA: THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW TEETH

THURSDAY AUGUST 27TH: Morning over the desert! Thursday the 27th!
Black Rock City is still coming into existence….lots of wide open spaces still but there is now a steady stream of vehicles coming into the city.
Saw some huge semis too…rich 1%ers working people to set up their camps!!!
Cops are showing up too…some speeding for no particular reason…speed limit in BRC during “build week” is 15 MPH…drops to 5 MPH during “burn week”…this is not only for safety but also to keep the dust down…cops usually don’t observe this speed limit even on non emergencies!!!

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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26TH:
So today was a bit of a struggle…massive winds…not overpowering like last year but still gusts up to 50 MPH…so we struggled with putting up the work structure sunshade for our coin opps gifting…progress was made on the DS during the day though.
We put in all the propane connectors which now only leaves the remote to be hooked up then the fire effects are complete on the DS and we can start shooting Fire effects in the air!  Below is today’s dragon at sunset picture!

8:25 sunset and the dragon

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH:So OK… First full day at BM….
Crew has fairly much by passed traveling fatigue and we began building the camp…I also recruited our first volunteers at 9 am…I managed to get the Dragon “opened” with their help!!! The “metal” wings fold down and there are metal feet that fold out to support the wings…its easy to do but it take 4 people to do it safely because the wings are heavy!
Anyway these guys were blow away by the Dragon so I told them they should see the Dragon when it is fully open. They didn’t know what I meant
so I asked them to help along with two of my crew…I safety directed them all step by step…the Dragon was opened in less than five minutes with the deck platform fully useable!!!
They were truly impressed!
Most of the day went like that we got a lot of work done including set up of a 24’X 20’x 8′ sunshade for our kitchen/ lounge area, 1/2 effected another one 12′ X 20’X 10′ sunshade for our coin Pressing operation!
We did some work on the Dragon itself putting blinking safety lights on it and establishing the propane accumulators in the head and the tail.
The best work we did was establishing the public gate to our camp… Image of two of our camp members below, Sequoia and Stykes posing at the opening…all for now, more blog tomorrow!!!

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MONDAY, AUGUST 24TH    7:57 PMWe left San Francisco at 5 AM in the morning and by 10:15 AM entered Truckee and stopped for Breakfast. Crossed the California /Nevada border by 12:30 and went for the traditional Dragon Smelter Crew swim in Pyramid Lake Then on the road again to the “Land of Dreams” ………..the Playa. the dragon 8:24:15

We made to the Playa and had the Dragon in place by sunset. Above is the very first picture of the Dragon  2015……the Dragon at sunset on the Playa…..after all the hard work we are finally here!

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DANCING LINES RECEPTION: A GRACIOUS DELIGHT

Liz-opening reception aug 2015Above:Gallery panorama of Dancing Lines opening 1st Friday August 7

 We at MACCHIARINI CREATIVE DESIGN always have wonderful openings, however the reception for Liz Christiano’s DANCING LINES had it’s own  special enchantment. The gallery hosted what we estimate to be

(below top left: gallery while hanging show, at top right: main gallery   (left below: Liz in gallery with First Friday Patron;to right Liz  in back studio showing off her welding equipment)

                   Liz-show set up aug2015                 Liz- hanging show aug 2015

LIz-and guest at openingLiz with reception guest aug 2015  nearly 400 people through out the evening , many of them bringing their children (we like   that at Macchiarini Creative Design educating the next gen and all that) and people really engaged with each other …….not a cell phone in sight in the gallery all evening…….reminded us of “the good ol (pre-cell phone) days” when people would go to gallery openings to See the Work , drink wine and talk ART!

          The Artist herself: LIZ CHRISTIANO  backed by her metal works during opening
Liz backed by her %22Dancing Lines%22 Aug 2015

Liz’s work was very well received  by all! If you missed the First Friday reception  for  the DANCING LINES show in August, you get another chance to view the work of this  up and coming metal artist this first Friday September 4TH!!!!!!

li                                    The gallery in repose at the end of the reception

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