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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class meets Friday, February 19th, 1:00-4:00pm ET

Join Sarah Pike on a tour her laser cutting studio, FreeFall Laser, where she collaborates with artists and develops new techniques for laser cutting applications in the fine arts. Students will learn the different between laser cutting and engraving, terminology and laser-ready file basics, what materials are laser-safe, and see examples of how artists have incorporated laser cutting into their handcrafted pieces.

During the project portion of the afternoon, students will assemble a laser cut tunnel book. Then Sarah will give a behind the scenes look on how the pieces for the tunnel book were created including the vector file and cutting.

This introduction to the possibilities of laser cutting is designed for all levels. If you have Adobe Illustrator file creation knowledge, you will be well ahead of the game.

Materials List

  • X-acto or Olfa style knife
  • Cutting mat or cardboard to protect surface from cutting
  • Adhesive: glue stick, double sided tape 1/8”, or PVA + glue brush
  • Backing: 4” x 6” piece of paper, print or photograph to use as the background for the tunnel book. Choose something that reflects your area of specialty or interest.
  • Optional hand-coloring materials: watercolor, colored pencils, etc.

Note on Kit

  • Laser cut pieces for 3-4 page tunnel book that fits in a 6” x 9” mailer
  • Kits mailed 2-weeks before workshop
  • PDF of design for people to hand-cut if they register late or are in another country
  • Kit: (included in tuition) –  covers 1st class USPS shipping in USA

Note: Sarah Pike will be offering a 3-Session Laser Engraving Course beginning March 29th, 2021

All Images courtesy of Sarah Pike

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Instructor: Sarah Pike

Sarah Pike is an artist and owner of FreeFall Laser, a laser-cutting studio specializing in collaborating with artists and artisans to create custom work that combines technical expertise with artistic vision. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Prior to opening FreeFall Laser, Sarah taught studio arts at the Community College of Vermont and printmaking at Bennington College, where she was the technical instructor of printmaking. She has been an artist in residence at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, Steindruck München in Munich, and carpe plumbum in Leipzig. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in North America and Europe. Sarah has presented her laser cutting research at the American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, USA, SNAP Symposium in Rheine, Germany, and Southern Graphics International Conferences in Portland, Oregon and Dallas, Texas, USA.