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Marvellous Mechanica

April 29, 2016 by  

BIg Wave Machine by Peter MarkeyJoin Hole & Corner at London Craft Week as they host an imaginative makers’ space worthy of Heath Robinson in the chapel at dynamic not-for-profit members club The House of St Barnabas in Soho.

Over the course of the week, artists Martin Smith, Nik Ramage and Jim Bond will build a site-specific kinetic installation with a group of emerging Art, Design and Architecture designer-makers from Plymouth University. Visitors over the week can drop in to watch, talk and help build with the teams. Alongside the making, they’ll have a selection of classic automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre’s collection.

3-7 May / 11am-7pm

The Chapel at House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, W1D 4NQ
(Access to the chapel on Manette Street W1D 4AW)

Drop in to watch and make from Tuesday to Thursday with the interactive exhibition open until Sat 7 May
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Sad News

April 16, 2016 by  

Sue Jackson
21 December 1938 - 14 April 2016

We are sorry to announce that Sue Jackson, the founder of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre has died suddenly. She was an inspiration to many and will be sorely missed. We plan to create a memorial page when we’ve had time to gather our thoughts.

Please feel free to get in touch via our contact page.

Obituary in The Guardian.

In the meantime, heartfelt thanks to everybody for all the messages of support and memories shared. Some of these can be read on our Facebook post.

Heart Beater – Now in Bubblegum Pink

January 25, 2016 by  

Just in time for Valentines day. The Heart Beater by Martin Smith is now available in Bubblegum Pink.
This is a small version of the Heart Machine, an alarming little machine to demand the attention of the one you love.
Available in vibrant red, bubblegum pink or shiny brass.
Martin Smith makes kinetic devices that investigate themes of humour, nonsense and futility.
He originally designed and made the Heart Beater as a St Valentines Day gift for the one he loves.

Steel and brass. Height 17cm
Each piece individually numbered.

£156 (inc VAT.)

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Two dogs that meet on a regular basis

October 15, 2015 by  

Two dogs that meet on a regular basis by Paul SpoonerA new edition by Paul Spooner

As well as a useful tool in the teaching of mathematics, this tableau is an example of an environmentally responsible work of art in that some of the materials have been recycled twice.
The oak frame was once a bedside table belonging to a family living in Wallasey. It was then made into the case for an artwork called “Little Reinhold’s Wonderful Sausage Machine”. When that case was abandoned for a more active presentational format (see video), it was sawn apart and the bits used for the present edition of six canine rotisseries. Should a purchaser decide to destroy one or more of these items, we urge them to cut it up into even smaller pieces for the manufacture of say, clothes pegs, with a view to furthering their possible careers as cocktail sticks. The tails of the dogs are made from a boxwood folding rule once belonging to a man born in the Gorbals district of Glasgow in 1894. Only a few inches of this valuable material remain unrecycled. The dogs’ legs were harvested from an oak table top of unknown origin. All the other materials; wood, metal and paint finishes are from off-cuts or stock purchased before the current environmental concerns became urgent.

Dimensions
Height 20cm x Width 20cm x Depth 8cm

Limited Edition of 6

£695.00 (including VAT)

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The Spinning Heart Machine by Martin Smith

July 28, 2015 by  

Order now for September 2015 Delivery.
We are delighted to offer this limited edition collector’s piece from Martin Smith. It is the next piece in a series of his kinetic objects that celebrate love. As the handle is turned the gears engage to hypnotically flip, spin and rotate the heart.

“She makes my heart spin, she always has”.

Materials: Steel and brass.
Dimensions: Height 32cm / 12”
Colour: Red, brass and patinated steel.

£960 (inc. VAT)

Limited Edition of 25 only – plus 1 Artist’s Proof.
Delivery September 2015.

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