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Claire Abitz is an artist and entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with an emphasis on casting and metalworking from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Claire’s early post-graduate years were spent traveling as a decorative artist for an interior design firm based in New York. In 2014, she established Standard Projects, a multidisciplinary maker studio, in Hortonville, WI. The building in which she chose to house the studio is the former Hortonville police station. The facility includes a variety of workspaces, a storefront, and a gallery, as well as a visiting artist program. Claire's more recent endeavors include building renovation, sign painting, and leather working.
Creating along a spectrum ranging from art to product, Claire's work is primarily informed by geometry, repetition, and material exploration. It often starts with finding multiples (sometimes hundreds) of the same item and researching the origin of their manufacturing. The history of how something was made and the individual residual components that remain are the core focus of her work. Through assembling these items in nontraditional ways, she aims to create new objects that honor an industrious past and question the current and future means of supplying goods to society.
Nicholas Langner is a visual and structural artist, as well as a community activist and inventor. He has spent time educating and learning at The Art Institute of Minneapolis, Columbia College in Chicago, and the Fox-Valley area in Wisconsin. There, his work was primarily based in photography.
Currently, his studies are focused on the ethereal dynamics of self-empowerment, self-sustainability, and community building through the gritty and rich ethic of DIY culture. He repurposes and refurbishes materials to create simple solutions and functional art. His future goals are to re-embrace his roots and start an organic farm; slowly building a self-sustainable community and makers' space in the country.
Shannon Slane is an installation artist. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a minor in Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work combines the themes of organic and industry, place and purpose. Her work is a narrative with a focus on form and material. Use of natural materials such as paper, leather, and wood, along with cutting edge production processes lends Shannon’s work a sense of history and modernity, and is intended to reflect culture's simultaneous fetishizing of the handmade and the technologically innovative. Fusing the organic with the industrious, she creates emotionally resonant environments that lead the viewer to at once be who they are in the world today, and connect to a traditional practice of making and storytelling.
Originally from Southern California, Shannon has been traveling the United States and abroad, including Australia, New Zealand and Europe, for the last 10 years. Her love of travel has recently progressed from being a factor that informs her work into the work itself. Shannon’s current project is the remodeling of a 1967 Airstream Ambassador to serve as her nomadic home and mobile art studio. Once finished, she intends to roam coast-to-coast collecting stories and perspectives from other travelers to inspire a new series of installations. This work will explore the connections and tensions between the ideas of home and travel.
Robert Fraher is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. He has a Master of Fine Art degree in graphic design with an emphasis on interactivity from the University of Minnesota. His research considers how interactive design and digital media can facilitate individual expression and community involvement. He has exhibited, published, and presented research in the fields of graphic design, art, instructional design, interaction design, and creativity.
As an artist and designer, Robert is interested in creating compelling experiences for people through interactive computer-mediated communication. His work explores the context of the computer interface as an environment for emotional and cognitive engagement. The purpose of this exploration is to help people experience the exhilaration that can result from creative participation.
The Timeless Way of Building is the first in a series of books which describe an entirely new attitude to architecture and planning. The books are intended to provide a complete working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning—an alternative which will, we hope, gradually replace current ideas and practices.
Standard Projects is a multidisciplinary maker studio in Hortonville, Wisconsin. The goal of Standard Projects is to share an open and productive environment for making fine art and handmade goods—encouraging material exploration and collaboration across trades.
The studio is located in the former Hortonville Police Station, built in 1952. It consists of a wood shop, a metal shop, an outdoor workspace, and a sun-filled sewing and weaving studio with a range of industrial machines and looms that can handle anything from silk to leather.
The studio is available to other artists and makers via an online application process.
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