The latest Musicworks magazine has an interview I did with Kingston, Ontario-based artist Matt Rogalsky about Discipline, his homage to teenage-boy axe shredding. Reverse-wired guitars singing along to classic rock! On stands now!
Knit Fair Isle-style 2-frame ball oscillator from Conway’s Game of Life.
2nd Update: I’ve now put the manuals and some new ones together on their own page!
Update: Thanks to a kind fairy in New Zealand, CB-N manual now in English!
After years of searching in Canada, Angella finally picked up a foot-powered treadle sewing machine. A Husqvarna CB-N she found at a local flea market for a whopping 120 Swedish crowns. That’s $18.50 Canadian.
Needless to say, it is gorgeous. And Angella says it works better than any electrical machine she’s used. I’m not kidding. We haven’t given it a proper photo shoot yet, but you can see someone else’s in the picture on the right, from the International Antique Sewing Machine Forum.
Information online about this machine is scarce. It seems it’s no older than 1934, and apparently the CB-N Class 12 was the first electric machine that Husqvarna made. They must have just slapped a motor onto the original CB-N. Bear in mind that these facts are according to the internet.
Since there was such little information online about it, we were a little upset. That is, until Angella discovered a secret compartment containing all the missing pieces and the original manual in Swedish. It was like finding a secret room in a house.
I thought I would do the internet a favour and put the manual online. It looks valid for the Husqvarna CB, CB-N, CB XI, HR, and VS. It’s in Swedish, so you may have to translate parts of it. It’s called Hur symaskinen arbertar och hur den vårdas, or How the Sewing Machine Works and How to Care for It.
As a taste… The introduction is called “The Woman and the Sewing Machine,” and it contains a quote that I can translate as:
The woman must overcome her disregard for machines. She must instead learn to turn them into obedient slaves and exploit them in all manners.
How awesome is that?
If you want to learn more about sewing machines, check out the amazing Secret Life of Machines episode on sewing machines.
In prep for some of the knitting I’m going to be doing for my doctorate, I’m writing a generic Processing script to generate a knitting pattern from a two-dimensional array, with the aim to have it eventually render knitting patterns from frames of Conway’s Game of Life. This is similar to microRevolt’s knitPro, except of course more generalised as a script.
At the moment it’s very simple. Two-tone, not a function or class (because I don’t really know how to do that), and I still have improvements to make and features to add. But I thought I would put it online in case anyone wants to help make it more awesome.
Next steps, output to PDF. And then, maybe export to knitML?
A short and sweet video of the outcome of the hoodie workshops at 01SJ.
The latest issue of Musicworks Magazine is now on the stands, and in it I interview the wonderful Darsha Hewitt. Until you get your hands on it, check out Darsha’s sketchbook in the Device Art issue of Vague Terrain.
In other news, it’s been exactly a year since I left my post as Editor of Musicworks, and Micheline’s doing an amazing job.