Digital stained glass workshop

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Digital Stained glass workshop

In this workshop attendees will learn how to design and make a unique illuminated digital stained glass window. The illuminated digital stained glass window is animated using fully programmable RGB LEDs and a microprocessor. The effect is a dazzling display of lights. This workshop consists of designing the layout and segments on a sheet of paper. Then attendees scan and converting the image into a vector using inkscape (Free Windows/MAC/Linux application). The vector file is then used to cut out of foam on a desktop CNC router. At the end of this course attendees will get to take home their custom designed 9”x9”x4” stained glass window.

  • No experience required.
  • Optional laptop is recommended.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • Ages 13 or younger should be accompanied by an adult.

Register for the workshop

Location: MakerLabs, 780 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1M3, Canada

Date and Time: Sun, 22 September 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

About the Instructors

Steven Smethurst

Steven is an interactive installation artist based in Vancouver. He is a self-taught artist who has attained skills through local community meetups, online tutorials and his background in programming. His artistry is primarily influenced by the maker movement; which empowers people to create while sharing their experiences and skills with others.

Stevens’ work casts repeating geometric shapes and patterns with sharp edges. Some of his pieces have included; the LED digital stained glass windows, Pocket Universe, CNC Zen Garden, and the Laser Kaleidoscope. His installations have been shown at countless exhibitions including Burning-man, Burn in the forest, Luminescence. His portfolio extends further with is collaborations with numerous other artists. The perfect symmetry of his work is only possible with the precision of computer-controlled machinery. His tools include; laser cutters, CNC routers and plasma cutters, which heavily influence his workflow and the aesthetics of his artwork. Steven’s installations are made from a mixture of LEDs, microprocessors, electronics, radios, sensors, paper, metal, wood and recycled objects scavenged from junkyards.

Tyson Haverkort

Tyson Haverkort is a hacker/artist with deep ties in the Vancouver maker scene. He builds things out of wood, leather, metal and electronics. He has a particular passion for circuit bending, and enjoys building bridges between the various non-profit artist communities in the city and beyond. He swears a lot. He tells people he’s working on it, but he isn’t.


Is there an age limit to enter the event?

The minimum age for participants is 13 years old with a guardian or 18 otherwise.

What are my parking options at MakerLabs?

MakerLabs’ parking lot is located on the east side of the building on the corner of Hawks Avenue and East Cordova Street.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

What happens if I show up late?

Please arrive 15 minutes before the schedule start of the class so that it can start on time. Attendees arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be allowed in the class.

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