The Ballad of an Unknown Man

The Ballad of an Unknown Man
Photographs by Andrew Sroka at Kinescope Gallery

By design, the Kinescope Gallery at 616 East 9 Street, is a small gallery space that makes sure the artwork on display is viewable from the sidewalk.

Until May 30, the gallery offers a literal window into the work of Andrew Sroka: On its own each image strongly evokes a moment — experienced together, a narrative begins to form. And yet, the artist intentionally does not impose a certain story: there are no titles, no dates. It’s like uncovering family photographs loosened from albums.

Gallery opens by appointment and prices for pieces are upon request:

Kinescope Gallery
616 East 9 Street, near Tompkins Square Park
New York City



Making the Pace Saucy Suzie Spin

Breadbox Studio worked with Anomaly Agency to help them develop and produce the Pace Salsa Saucy Suzie.

A limited series of Saucy Suzies were produced by Breadbox Studio. These lazy Susans for tacos and your favourite Pace salsa and sauces is also a game “to sauce up your taco night!” Spin the Saucy Suzie and let it decide what goes on your taco.


Green Eggs: An Eco Friendly Easter with Make Better and Michelle W. Yun at Carroll Park in Brooklyn on April 1, 2017!

Make Better, a Brooklyn-based summer day camp, will be hosting a free event on Saturday, April 1 at Carroll Park.

The two-hour event will be filled with kid-friendly activities to welcome Spring and celebrate Easter: sustainable egg dyeing, seed planting, enjoying tasty snacks as well as learning how to start your own garden for tasty treats.

Green Eggs: An Eco Friendly Easter 
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Carroll Park Picnic Area (Smith Street between President Street and Carroll Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11231
Please RSVP to ensure that there are enough supplies for your participation


Sign your kids up now for a free Cooper Hewitt design workshop on February 6 and 13

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Joe Masibay is once again onsite at Cooper Hewitt leading a Design Kids workshop. Kids ages 5 through 12 can make their own rubber-band-powered vehicle during a 90-minute session. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission tickets are free and can be reserved online for each child and accompanying adult for the following sessions (click on links below):

Saturday, February 6 
Cooper Hewitt Design Center, 111 Central Park North, Harlem
Session 1: 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Session 2: 1:30 pm -3:00 pm

Saturday, February 13
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, 2 E. 91st Street
Session 1: 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Session 2: 1:30 pm -3:00 pm


Photo: Joe Masibay

Captivated by 3D Printing: Casey Simring on her design internship experience at Breadbox Studio

casey printout_xsI started working for Joe Masibay at Breadbox Studio in June as an interested yet inexperienced design intern. In April, as as a student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, I exchanged a few emails with Joe and he encouraged me to stop by when my semester ended. Having no idea what to expect, and less of an idea of what I was in for, I began to decode the mystery of the rapidly evolving technology of 3D printing.  I started by wrapping my mind around how an intangible computer file becomes an actual object that I can hold in my hands. This happened on day one:  within five minutes of meeting Joe he scanned me and printed out a purple plastic bust of me!   

Until then, the the world of 3D printing was just an interesting concept to me. I had read articles about new innovations and engaged in lengthy conversations with my hyper-enthused father. Now, with the plastic mini me in hand, I was able to grasp the reality of how this technology can change the world.

In one of the workshops that Breadbox Studio hosted I learned that three-dimensional printing was first discovered and put into use in the 1980s. Now, thirty years later the field has expanded, encompassing everything from auto body parts to human body parts. As 3D printers are increasingly designed for more intricate jobs, printers are also being simplified and sold for mass consumption. The expansion in both directions makes 3D printing an increasingly relevant technology. With so much potential and innovation, I was really excited to start my three-month internship and get my hands on 3D printing!

With great patience, Joe introduced me to various 3D modeling programs, showing me the rudimentary steps to building, refining, and then slicing a file to be printed. I started with simple objects, but soon was able to duplicate complex shapes and even model replacement parts for broken machines. Spending hours perfecting said parts, watching them print, and then using these new pieces to fix a device proved very rewarding. I was able to formulate an idea, design it, and have it in my hands within a day. I kept thinking to myself, “This is the future.”

A screenshot of one of the first things I successfully built in Solidworks (3D modeling program) and printed out on an Ultimaker 3D printer.

Though the use of 3D printing at Breadbox Studio is captivating, it is far from the only work that goes on here. Joe, along with a few other freelance designers, work on projects, often a model for a toy, from  the design phase into fruition, complete with a paint job. Every detail is fully realized and executed perfectly, for example whether it is the size of a wheel  or the curved line of an eyebrow for Thomas the Train.

Yet with all of the innovative technology, the scrupulous detail and the overwhelming workload, what impressed me the most was Joe’s passion to for community outreach. Spending countless hours working tirelessly on upwards of three jobs a week, Joe will always set aside time for workshops and meet-and-greets as well as time for making customized jewelry piece based on an NBA All-Star ring for a neighborhood kid. Through his work with Harlem Children’s Zone, Joe helped a group of  lively teenagers design and build robots they could be proud of.  Joe loves the work he does, and his excitement is particularly apparent when he shares his skills and technology with anyone who shows interest. If you come into Breadbox Studio with a hungering for knowledge, as I did a few months ago, you will leave with an understanding that surpasses your original curiosity and an eerily realistic model of your head.

Today is my last day, and I am leaving the studio with what feels like a year’s worth of experience. Through design, modeling, printing and painting, my ideas have come to life. I now feel confident in educating others about this amazing process and hope to bring this technology to my university and cultivate an accessible 3D printing program there.

Text and photos: Casey Simring

Harlem Design and Technology Meetup at Breadbox Studio on Thursday, June 13!


Harlem Design and Technology Meetup
Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The first general meeting of the Harlem Design and Technology Meetup is here at Breadbox Studio on Thursday evening.

Come and introduce yourself! Meet a diverse but like-minded group of creative people curious or knowledgeable about design and technology in Harlem.

Breadbox Studio will have some 3D printers running, we will be doing some body scanning with the Xbox Kinect sensor, and digital sculpting with Free Form software and a Sensable phantom arm, a haptically enabled sculpting tool.

This event is exclusively for Harlem Design and Technology Meetup members. Membership is still open for this group so join the group (first link under Friends on right) and see you on Thursday!