MassArt alum William Peebles (BFA, Industrial Design) is the founder, artist and sole employee of the Huntington Base Ball Co., a producer of handmade baseballs, bats, leather wallets, scorebooks and wall art. He's one of the few − if not the only − small makers of such equipment left in the country, and he does it all out of his Grove Street garage in Norwell, MA.
"For artists and designers accustomed to considering both form and function, working in miniature affords outsize opportunities for experimentation."
MassArt has universal tools and resources that are open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the College, regardless of major. These facilities include the Digital Fabrication Labs (Fablabs) - which include tools for 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Laser cutting, and a PCLab for 3D modeling; a Documentation Room; an Installation Room; a Lighting Installation Room; Public Spaces; Sound Studio; and Woodshop.
"A women’s-sized release, this 550 gives off almost as many skate shoe vibes as it does hoop shoe vibes due to its new material composition. The pink used is an autumnal hue, dusty and earthy instead of bubblegum-esque, and it’s accented by hits of white and sail.
"Designed by the mercurial Steven Smith ('86, BFA, Industrial Design), the New Balance 550 had an all-too-brief career in the late 80s before it flamed out and disappeared for three decades. Thanks to Teddy Santis – the all-conquering design don at Aimé Leon Dore who spied the model in a vintage catalogue – the recent retro resurrection encompasses everything that is great about NB in 2022."
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