[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Bramblitt workshop, photography, 3D printer and science, Judo film, scrimshaw, George Wurtzel, Canberra art exhibition

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3D printer to aid the visually impaired students in their educational 

Braille is a tactile writing system, which is commonly used by the 
visually impaired and partially sighted. With the recent development of 
braille printers, written materials in braille has greatly helped the 
visually impaired and partially sighted individuals but, this is not to 
say that there are still many remaining problems such as books that are 
immobile due to their size and volume as well as durability. Moreover, 
there are other problems such as not enough books, materials, works, and 
data for such individuals.

New technology has been developed to make tactile objects with ease 
thanks to the convergence technology of 3D printing and 3D thermal 
reflow treatment, which can be denoted as the revolution in 
manufacturing technology. Using the technology, not only braille books, 
but also braille picture books and teaching materials can be made with 
greater flexibility in color, height and size. It is also harmless to 
human body since it does not require UV coating or harmful chemical 

The research team led by Dr Myoung-Woon Moon at the Korea Institute of 
Science and Technology developed a new method by converging 3D printing 
and 3D surface thermal reflow treatment techniques to produce touchable 
objects with detailed lines and curves. The research team used thermal 
reflow treatment on the surface to enhance durability and adhesiveness. 
The newly developed technique has been filed for patent registration 
domestically. In addition, this research was accepted for publication by 
the journal of /RSC Advances/ with the title, "3D Printed Tactile 
Pattern Formation on Paper with Termal Reflow Method."

Emmy Award Winning Photographer and Filmmaker Joins Forces with the 
Blind Judo Foundation to Further Empower the Blind and Visually Impaired 
Through the Sport of Judo

William Kidston, three time Emmy Award winning photographer, Television 
Cameraman and Filmmaker with over 30 years of experience joins forces 
with Coach Willy Cahill and Ron C. Peck of the Blind Judo Foundation 
<http://www.blindjudofoundation.org/wp> ......

What makes Kidston's story so remarkable is he lost his sight due to an 
accident in his left eye at the early age of fourteen. Determination, 
dedication and drive have taken what some might call a limitation into 
an asset which catapulted him into new heights leading to award winning 


Photography Exhibition by local Visually Impaired Photographer Nigel J 

*From Monday 30th June and for the next 2 months, there will be a 
photography exhibition in the Torch Theatre -- located in the Cafe Torch 
*The exhibition is a showcase for the talents of a local visually 
impaired photographer -- Nigel J Bevans.**


Put some clothes on! Nude photos are banned

A JUDGE from last year's Bundaberg Arts Festival says he is disappointed 
at the organising committee's decision to ban nude photography from the 
2014 exhibition.

The changes to the festival program came after visually-impaired artist 
Dennis Mealor had his photograph of a naked woman withdrawn from last 
year's event.

Festival president Wendy Francis said nude photography was not 
appropriate for the "bring-the-family" exhibition, held at the Civic 
Centre in September each year.

Artist John Bramblitt to lead Saturday morning workshop at SMU's Meadows 

Artist John Bramblitt will host a workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the 
Meadows Museum on the importance of simple lines in artwork.

Bramblitt, who is blind, will lead discussions on works at the Southern 
Methodist University museum. Participants, with or without visual 
impairments, will create their own artwork.

The workshop costs $25, or $10 for members, and is open to people 17 and 
older. Advance registration is required; call 214-768-4677 or email 
mcarmens at smu.edu.


Author, artist... and blind: Instructor inspires community
Nationally known author and scrimshaw artist James Stevens is legally 
blind.  But looking at his work, you'd never know it. Stevens, 63, takes 
what life gave him and pushes forward to teach others his craft. For the 
past 10 years, Stevens, who lives in Denver, has been teaching a 
week-long class at Trinidad State Junior College on the ancient art of 
scrimshaw. He conducted his latest class in June.


Can you dance?
  Local professional team up with school for the blind in a moving program

   - Can you dance Local professional team up with school for the blind 
in a moving program


Touch: an art installation with a dark side

Canberra, the local Blind Society and Tuggeranong Arts Centre have 
collaborated to explore this notion through the art installation /Touch/.

  It is the work of lead artist Tony Steel, who worked with 
vision-impaired artists Leonie Pye, Sarah Ferguson, Emma Lea Sheather, 
Meredith Pettit, Lien To and Emelita Kerezepa. The result gives an 
insight into a world without the sense of sight  -- completely testing 
your senses.


Blind woodworker uses his hands as eyes

George Wurtzel whistles "Camptown Races" as a high-powered lathe hums a 
quarter-inch from his thumb and forefinger. Thread-thin streams of 
sawdust arc off the small chunk of pine he is fashioning into a 
sombrero-shaped wine stopper, some of them landing on his "Duck 
Dynasty"-worthy beard.

"As you turn wood, the sound changes dramatically with the shape," 
Wurtzel says. "You can tell what's happening by the chatter noise and 
feel of the vibrations."



Art installation in the dark due to open in Canberra

A ground-breaking exhibition that aims to redefine our perceptions of 
art and how we view is due to open in Canberra.

The Touch has been created by artists who are blind or visually 
impaired, and is designed to be experienced in complete darkness.

"I'd like people to feel what it's like to be vision impaired," artist 
Lien To said.

"I'd like people to come in and open up their other senses, like sense 
of smell and sense of touch."

To is one of eight artists who have collaborated on the project which 
they say is "the best art installation you'll never see".


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