Currently at the VFL
Please help us welcome our new Lab Assistant, Elizabeth! Elizabeth Meiklejohn is a designer specializing in clothing, textiles and the tools used to make them. Her work investigates digital fabrication as a means of replicating or augmenting traditional craft processes, as well as illuminating the parallels between programming and textile creation. Prior to joining the Lab, she worked on sustainable design initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co. and participated in Autodesk's Pier 9 Residency, and is an alumni of RISD's Apparel Design program.
Artist in Resident GRacelee Lawrence
Listen to Gracelee’s lecture about her past work and upcoming VFL Artist Residency. Gracelee is a co-founder of Pig & Pony, a longtime contributing writer for the International Sculpture Center Blog and member of the collective MATERIAL GIRLS. In 2017 she had two solo exhibitions in Thailand and one in Pittsburgh, PA at Bunker Projects. Gracelee was a 2016-17 Luce Scholars Fellow, a recipient of the 2015 UMLAUF Prize, 2013 Eyes Got It Prize, and the 2011-12 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant.
1st Session Fall classes start 9/20/2018!
The Visible Futures Lab hosts a variety of 6 week classes that teach students about the latest technologies and equipment. Use 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, CNC machines, among others in conjunction with learning Physical Computing, Smart Textiles, 3D Modeling, Prototyping, and more!
Classes start at just $300.00.
The Lab facilities include a full work shop, dust free Maker Space with Soft Lab, Spray Booth, and a state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication room. A description of the equipment with accompanying tutorials can be found at the link below.
A Lab Access Request must be completed and approved by the VFL in order to gain access to the facilities. This will allow the staff to anticipate project requirements and allocate the Lab’s resources accordingly.
Sign up to take a course at the VFL
The Visible Futures Lab offers a variety of classes in our state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication Maker Space. Classes are taught by our expert Staff, all of which are SVA Faculty - learn more about classes such as Physical Computing, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Digital and Hands-on prototyping, Soft Circuits and Fiber Arts, and Mechanical Toy Design!
Artist in Residence
The Artist in Residence Program at the Visible Futures Lab is a paid 7 week exploration that provides creatives with studio space and full access to the Lab. During their time at the VFL, artists will research and develop projects that explore and expand the philosophy of purposeful and extensible art and design.
We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2018 January/February Residency and our 2018 March/April Residency. Deadline for both residencies is 11:59pm October 15th 2017.
Material prices and equipment fees
Most tools and equipment at the Lab are free of charge to use for SVA Graduate Students and Staff, but there are a few services that do incur charges. In addition to the electronic, physical computing, wood shop, and digital fabrication equipment that the Lab has, a host of materials are stocked for purchase by Lab users. Explore the materials and equipment price list at the link below.
Request Access & Equipment
Access Request Form
Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, and Approved Alumni MUST fill out an access request form in order to use the facilities or consult with Lab Staff.
Please check our calendar HERE before requesting access.
Equipment Check out Form
Some equipment is available to check out from the Lab. Please inquire with a staff member about tools that may be checked out. All check-out requests must be approved by a staff member prior to filling out this form.
Lab Equipment & Tutorials
The Lab facilities include a full work shop, dust free Maker Space, Spray Booth, and a state of the art Digital Fabrication room. A description of the equipment with accompanying tutorials can be found at the link below.