@RiotDemon@sammydog01 The hanging pieces are supposed to balance each other, which you can’t really tell because they hang lower than their base. I’ll see if I have a pencil to mount it better. Everything from the Art-O-Mat is purchased with a $5 token.
@RiotDemon The Locations map can be horribly inaccurate. We were in Raleigh NC recently and went to a small coffee shop that was supposed to have one, but they had NO idea what we were talking about and it definitely wasn’t there. It kind of turns into a Scavenger Hunt in some cities we’ve visited, but that makes finding all the more fun!
@RiotDemon They usually are, but as we found on the NC Museum of Art a few weeks ago, it was in a really horrible location - inside of a conference room in the “Education” wing but luckily one of the staff knew it & led us to the room. Ask around if it’s not obvious, somebody will hopefully help!
@llangley@RiotDemon@sammydog01 None in my state, nor the one I just moved from. One in Houston not so far from MD Anderson Cancer center though. I can check it out when I next go. It’s 450ish miles away. That qualifies as a road trip. Right? I never knew these things existed.
Ahhhhh, Art-o-Mats!! We’ve been collecting them for 15+ years now I want to say. One of my wife’s cousins had a coffee shop in Charlotte, VA and it was the first place we saw a machine. We were totally hooked after that and now every vacation we take, we make sure to find (or try) the most Art-o-Mats available.
@ruouttaurmind I placed an order for a couple of the stockings, one for a friend who I think will go crazy over it, and one for a special someone who it looks like will be having a birthday sometime around Christmas (maybe).
Anyway, I was not charged postage, so that’s nice, although they seem to charge postage. Perhaps I live close enough to wherever these are sent from, that postage was cheap and was absorbed in the cost? Nah, postage is never cheap.
@Barney Apparently s&h are included in their pricing for stocking, art-by-the-carton, and artists materials.
BTW, I contacted them to inquire about their vending location placement process. The town where my office is located has a giant artist, gallery and arts & crafts presence, plus huge tourism traffic, so I’m curious if I could, with my contacts in this community, cultivate a location or two for these machines. Several galleries, arts & craft shops (creative merch in the a&c style, not supplies for the crafty soul), the library, visitor’s center, even the town halls (two different towns). There are 20 or 30 potential locations within a two mile strip which would be ideal for Art-o-Mat.
@ruouttaurmind I found mine! The photo is dated 2012 so I dunno. It’s maybe a mile from Penzey’s and I was heading there for free hot chocolate mix tomorrow so I’ll wear my comfy shoes and see if it’s still there.
I found my local Art-o-mat! The selection was limited, mostly little journals and poems and things, but I bought one of these:
It had a tiny little book full of scribbles like this:
There’s a note that says they’re “weakhand blind countour drawings” which means you draw with your bad hand without looking at the paper. He says “When drawing with my left hand blindly I’m freed from expectation, able to create work that is immediate, raw, and revealing.” And maybe crappy? I like it.
Sensing how distraught I was due to a lack of Antsy in my life, @MrHappypants took pity on my wretched soul. After receiving a duplicate Antsy in his holiday Art-o-mat order, he very kindly offered to fill this void in my life. I received my very own Antsy in Tuesday’s post!
As if parting with this treasure wasn’t generous enough, he refused to accept any remuneration in exchange, not even permitting me to tender the cost of shipping!
Ladies and gentlemen, the sun shines a little brighter, water tastes a bit sweeter, and the birdsong from the trees is more melodic now that I have Antsy in my life. I am now whole.
I offer most humble, and heartfelt appreciation to my very generous benefactor, @MrHappypants. Truly a king among men.
So, without further prorogatio, I am pleased and proud to introduce, for the first time in public… ANTSY!
@Kidsandliz These little guys down in the tunnels really crack me up too. If they emerged to the surface they would be as large as a tractor. It’s like the giant ants in the Warner Studios 1954 classic Them!.
Although not quite the same (although some are scenes in boxes) here is a collection of 144 scale (eg 6’ in real life is 1/2 inch) creations. You can buy kits for furniture, houses, etc. in that scale (most are laser cut). I make stuff in that scale (don’t use kits).
My LMR v1a (Lego-Mat replica prototype, first attempt):
I’ve made a couple modifications from @MrHappypants’ original since I’m not constricted by the size requirements of the Art-O-Mat vending system. Once I optimize the details and streamline the design, I plan to order individual bricks at Lego.com in specific sizes and colors.