New Age Pioneers

Bates Mansion Logo Update

Historic logo turned modern- the story of what the Bates Mansion was and what it is today… Christina Elias of The Swatch Team uses yarn bombing (see previous ArtFire blog about this art form) as non-destructive public art activism. Her latest installation was The Pink Triangle Project in response to Arizona’s SB 1062. Christina visited Maker House, where the ArtFire headquarters resides, and was still crocheting pink triangles as the bill was being vetoed. ArtFire COO and Maker House Founder, Tony Ford, began a conversation with her about her project and happened to peer over to the awning depicting the backside of a bull. They then realized that with a slight alteration in the crochet pattern the pink triangle would transform the historic logo into a comical current iteration, more characteristic of a space full of crafters, makers and innovators.
John Jacobs and Tony Ford of ArtFire, with yarn bomber, Christina Elias.

John Jacobs and Tony Ford of ArtFire, with yarn bomber, Christina Elias.

This seemingly odd placed image is a piece of history from when the building was known as the Mountain Oyster Club. Founded in 1948 by a distinguished group of cowboys, playboys and ranchers, the mansion was their exclusive meeting space and their mission was to preserve southwest heritage, art and a western way of life. As descendants of the pioneers responsible for settling in the region and creating their livelihood by raising livestock, preserving western heritage is a way of paying homage to their family tradition. But you couldn’t just stroll into the club and declare your love for equestrians, the club was elite, private and invitation only. These days, Maker House is open to the public and has has wide appeal with patrons of all ages and backgrounds enjoying the space. “We’ve had people walk in, marveling at every detail of the space, saying they have been waiting to see the inside for ten years and have only ever caught a glimpse over the fence before.” shared Matt Rios of Maker House. “We are all inclusive and host events here that cater to a wide rage of ages and interests.”
Let the making begin!

Let the making begin!

Maker House is home to a new kind of pioneer, developing technologies such as the world’s first Tweet-A-Cola machine, utilizing the power of individual data through social media. “Our primary goal is to inspire a desire for knowledge. We do this by taking things apart, revealing the insides, understanding how it works, then modifying, combining, and creating new elements to build something that hasn’t been done before. We are a place that fosters innovation and uses our resources and combined skills to create new inventions.” according to Program Coordinator, Matt Rios.    

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