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Sportsballs! by Anthony Schmiedeler

Kansas City sports teams have been doing great lately and I've been making stuff to show my support. Some have turned into t-shirts, some into prints, and recently I've even had some picked up to be sold at Made in KC! Here's to keeping the streak alive.

Scraper Bikes by Anthony Schmiedeler

A scraper bike is an ordinary bicycle that has been modified by its owner, typically with decorated spokes with candy-colored pinwheels and matching body and wheel colors, using tinfoil, re-used cardboard, candy wrappers and paint. — Wikipedia

A scraper bike is an ordinary bicycle that has been modified by its owner, typically with decorated spokes with candy-colored pinwheels and matching body and wheel colors, using tinfoil, re-used cardboard, candy wrappers and paint. — Wikipedia

I finally made my very own scraper bike. I need better pictures but this will work for now.

BEFORE (not my actual bike but same make and color)

BEFORE (not my actual bike but same make and color)

AFTER

AFTER

T-shirts and one-pagers by Anthony Schmiedeler

Sometimes I screenprint t-shirts in my garage for fun. Lately a lot of people have been asking where to get them so I decided to create a website. 

Then I had a lot of fun so I made another one.

These aren't necessarily the most succesful websites but it's fun to see what I can create quickly with the tools I have available to me. It's also amazing what you can create with free websites templates these days.

Click Here by Anthony Schmiedeler

Technology obsession has been a recurring theme in a lot of things I make. Not just because I feel like it is a huge problem for people today, but also because I experience it quite a bit myself. I'm made two pieces this week reflecting on that problem. Both made quickly, on a whim, but I felt the need to make them real. The biggest problem with technology is that it get's in the way of people most of the time. I was consciously avoiding that problem to make these things but I only realized after that they both speak to those "technological barriers" to reality.

Christmas Crafts by Anthony Schmiedeler

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A beer-flavored advent calendar, Ladybird themed x-mas cards, a similarly themed cookie cutter fashioned from a soda can, and a couple of the ugliest sweaters you've ever seen (2nd and 1st place respectively though I'd argue the reindeer was far too cute to be ugly). Been away from the computer for a while but I'm back and ready for new year of blue light nights.

Shitty First Drafts by Anthony Schmiedeler

One of the final steps in completing my residency this summer was to co-facilitate a blitz with my fellow residents. Along with choosing some pre-planned design activities to include in the blitz schedule, we had the opportunity to create some activities ourselves. My favorite exercise that we were able to come up with, and that turned out to be pretty successful, was Speedy Monkey

Speedy Monkey started out simply as an exercise to encourage thinking in physical space by allowing participants to use a variety of unrelated materials, in successive rounds, to create several prototypes. We wanted people to see their idea in ways they wouldn't have normally thought of and we wanted them to do it fast to avoid judgement. In developing the exercise further, I was reminded of a group painting I recently participated in. To complete it, several people joined me around a canvas and we rotated positions as we painted, adding to each other's marks to create a unified piece. With this in mind we decided that Speedy Monkey should be a group exercise. Then we created stations that would contain certain materials to make with, including a station of random trinkets. Each person in a group would sit at these stations around a table, spending 5 minutes with each material. As they rotated around the table, they would be allowed to add to their prototypes or start fresh. After every group member got a turn at each station we would reflect on what was made.

When it came time to try out Speedy Monkey in a blitz I got to participate! Starting with the idea of "Lego Post-Its" I was able to create the prototype below. After five rounds with many different materials, including a yo-yo, I discovered that these Post-Its could be used to connect several pieces of an idea into one big idea. I also concluded that they didn't have to be flat like regular Post-Its. This idea could be seen in three dimensions and even have moving parts. All in all, Speedy Monkey worked incredibly well at pushing a simple thought into an expanded, working, rough prototype!

P.S. I didn't come up with the name...

Here's the full blitz we created if you want to try out some exercises yourself!

Citizen–Soldier–Artist by Anthony Schmiedeler

I am honored to have work featured in the Citizen–Soldier–Artist exhibition at Mid-America Arts Alliance through the end of this month! Citizen–Soldier–Artist explores how veterans in the United States are using the arts to constructively process and heal from the physical and psychological wounds of war.

Art & design has undoubtedly helped me personally with the transition into civilian life and given me a real purpose again. A big thank you to MAAA for such an amazing opportunity.