How did you become a part of factory enova?
Two of my amazing friends referred me to Vinh. At first, I had never heard about Factory eNova. But once Vinh explained the concept, I was immediately in love. Countless ideas flowed through my head as I imagined myself immersed in graphic designing and transferring that image onto a tangible object, a design I could touch.
Although I did grow up in a machine shop, I never thought about using lasers as a tool for artistic design. I accepted the fact that machines make prototypes for mechanical parts or were just used for mass producing them since that’s all I ever saw. Of course, I was definitely wrong. Once the light bulb lit up, I realized I could utilize those tools along with my computer generated graphics and produce whatever I could imagine in a tangible form. Technology never ceases to amaze me!
Ever since I heard about Fe, I knew right away that it was indeed perfect for me!
What is a typical day for you as a whiz and designer?
Oh boy. I wouldn’t consider any day at Fe “typical” since I have a variety of tasks and projects to complete!
As a whiz, I answer phone calls, make reservations, maintain organization in the studio, respond to emails regarding questions and concerns, and assist members. As an instructor, I design classes and teach them. As a designer, I fulfill custom service requests.
And within and outside of those tasks, there’s always something new and interesting occurring in the studio. I’ve experienced numerous members coming in and out of the studio with different materials and different requests, many of which I could have never imagined on my own. It’s no doubt a challenge fulfilling these requests and solving problems I never knew existed, but in the end, it provides me an extensive knowledge about a variety of materials and what they could be used for outside of their intended purposes, and not to mention, inspiration for future projects.
What are some examples of things that you have personaly made?
3D engraved soft opening greeting cards, 3D engraved leaves, wooden minecraft swords, the batman mural on display in the studio, a 3D engraved nintendo controller, etc.
How do you find inspiration for your projects?
I usually wander alone in a busy area like the mall and observe the latest design trends and ask myself, “What attracts people to a certain design?”, “What kind of people are attracted to that particular art?”, “What about this design piece grabs people’s attention?”, and so on.
If I’m limited to time, I google “inspirational designs” and scroll through the results. I also frequent hongkiat’s and abduzeedo’s inspiration sections on their websites.
What do you want to be able to make one day?
It’s a secret. You will know when the day comes 😉
Is there anything unexpected that you have gotten out of the studio?
Befriending the members and guests! There are so many people with extremely creative ideas who produce incredible, jaw-dropping results. So many people walk through the door, and I was so intrigued by everyone’s diverse background – from artists to engineers, to hobbyists and architects, and so much more! I love listening to everyone’s ideas and the knowledge they hold!
What would be your tip to someone just starting out with the lasers?
Don’t be intimidated – our staff is available to assist you! Dedicating time into learning something new will produce better results and make you a better person. Just like rockets, for instance, require a stable ground to launch, the beginning is always hard and slow since it takes a great amount of effort to learn the foundation, but as more time gets put into the system, the improvement will be exponential. I also recommend checking out different educational resources available for these lasers to get a head start.
Furthermore, visit the events and workshops hosted by Fe to get a better feel of the versatility of the lasers, meet people, and better yet, have a great time with those around you. I love these events since they’re fun and informative and I get to meet really cool people!
And for those who believe he or she lacks creativity: everyone’s creative. It’s just the matter of keeping an open mind and filling it with inspiration!