Gesture Board: Glitter Collab

I’ve loved working on this skateboard collaboration with Lauren from hippanonymous! Lauren frequently creates DIY activities for the readers of her super-stylish blog. She’s also learning to skateboard. Combine that with her immense passion for things that sparkle and you’ve got glitter boards. We had a blast figuring out how to use glitter as grip, laying out our designs, and trying to look super cool in our photo session with...

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Kong Board

A Hong Kong-inspired skateboard, Kong Board takes its design cues from the ubiquitous metal pushcarts that get heavy use by all walks of life in the city. This board is a collaboration between myself and Mark Beard. Fabrication of the Kong Board was completed by Mickey, in Sheung...

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ArtPrize! Collectively Skated

I entered ArtPrize 2010 with another artist, Christopher Hoyt.  Our Artprize minisite! Collectively Skated from Carissa Carter on Vimeo.   Our brief: How do you understand the texture of a city?  Its people? Its geography? We use skateboards, a device that, when ridden, translates every aspect of the texture of surface below to the rider, as a base medium to express the texture of the people in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each of the 44...

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London Design Festival: Secret

One of three boards I’m showing at the London Design Festival.  Secret is an exploration in intimacy and personal adornment. Secret is meant to be played with by bare feet under a desk, out of sight.  This is a personal board. It is meant to be stroked, not to be ridden.  It’s a treat for the owner.  Secret is made of molded plywood and is upholstered with foam and...

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London Design Festival: Mine

One of three boards that I’m presenting in the London Design Festival.  Mine is an expression of identity and ownership. There is a keyhole in the back of the board. Turning the key turns on the small, golden light on the top of the board. The light has no function other than to identify the owner and add a piece of adornment to the board that only the owner has the ability to control. The board is meant to be carried, not ridden. The key...

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Gesture Board: Pucker

Welcome Pucker! A longboard with a kicktail, Pucker is a stable piece of attitude. Pucker is made out of seven layers of 1/16″ plywood using a handmade mold with vacuum bag and hand pump to form the shape. The dots on the top surface are made of purple...

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Gesture Board: Hiho

Hiho is made of molded plywood. I used seven layers of 1/16″ Canadian maple, and did the lay up over a shaped styrofoam mold with a small vacuum bag and hand pump. I’m looking forward to trying this technique with more advanced shapes / molds...

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Gesture Board: Tomo

Why is skateboard grip always additive? With Tomo I routed three different topographic depths into the surface of the deck. The end result is map that functions as a grip. I’m excited for the next attempt at this technique. I’d like to do some known topographies and experiment in using plyboo as the base material. Tomo is made of plywood, hand-routed and hand painted with...

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Gesture Board: purpleD

An indoor skateboard, purpleD is soft leather hand stretched around a traditional shortboard. It’s perfect for riding around the inside of your house with bare feet. The edges are hand sewn – I’d like to try a new stitch or improve on this somehow for the next iteration. The top surface has a slight foam padding, used in shoes and provided by Tom Maiorana of Redcover Studios. Get the flash player here:...

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