Shade Wings for Portland Schools - Outdoor Classrooms Part II

Portland Outdoor Classroom - Deering HS

As summer was coming to a close and COVID-19 remained pandemic, schools preparing for in-person learning were integrating outdoor classrooms into their plans. The outdoor learning initiative within the Portland, Maine public schools was looking for structures that would give spatial definition to outdoor classrooms while also providing teachers and students with outdoor shade and some protection from the elements.

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Tags: Textile Architecture, Education, Shade, Exterior

Interactive Kiosk

Transformit recently fabricated and installed a large fabric projection cone at the request of the Toronto offices of Kubik, the exhibit, event, museum, retail, and interior design company.

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Tags: Custom, Wayfinding, Textile Architecture, Projection, Museums, Health Care, Interior Design, Hospitality Design

Projection versus Printing

We are introducing an educational column to share what we have learned from 32 years designing and creating with fabric.

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Tags: Graphics, Projection, Exhibits, Education, Events

Social Screens

When COVID arrived last March, the first thing Transformit thought of was how will all of the restaurants in Portland survive without the space needed for safe social distancing. Rolling walls seemed like a good idea to augment the actual distance with a fabric barrier. 

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Tags: Wayfinding, Textile Architecture, Projection, Museums, Health Care, Interior Design, Hospitality Design

Outdoor Classrooms - Part I

This is Part I on our experience working with schools to create solutions for outdoor classrooms. Stay tuned for Part II:  Outdoor Classrooms for Portland Schools.

Transformit was asked to provide quotes for dozens of outdoor classrooms to be used at a public school in Maine. The Cares Act had provided the township with a budget to work with, and they needed to research the best places to invest their resources. Cindy and Tom came out the next day to spend two hours walking the Elementary, Middle, and High School combined campus. It was a hot day, and you could certainly understand that the students would need shade in order to concentrate and even see their laptops. There were many wonderful ideas and requests for us to consider:

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Tags: Custom, Textile Architecture, Shade, Rooms, Exterior

Virtual Event Sets

In our new reality of surviving during COVID-19, in-person events are no longer safe. We are learning to accept virtual events to fill the void, but sitting in front of a monitor watching someone speak in front of a green screen is a far cry from experiencing a live stage production. Transformit has been creating stage productions designed for video production for many years. While TEDx events are staged in front of a live audience, the majority of the viewers of these events are watching the presentations online.  

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Tags: Performance Art, "Fascinating Rhythms" Collection, Stages, Projection, Education, Events, Rental, Virtual Events

Making PPE with our Neighbors

When the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals and health care facilities became apparent, we began reaching out to our peers in the fabrics industry, to state officials, and to local hospitals to see how our fabric design and fabrication resources could help create personal protective equipment (PPE). As it turns out, our search led us just up the road to our neighbors, Flowfold.

This is Leslie
This is Leslie. Leslie is normally busy being the Vice President of Transformit but these days she and a number of other Transformit employees have set aside their 'normal' tasks to help our neighbors at Flowfold make face shields for the essential health care workers who are on the front lines of this fight against COVID-19.
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Tags: Custom, Health Care

Under the Microscope at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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Look through a microscope at a slide of cells and behold the tiny, almost innumerable micro-organisms bumping around together in a soup of life. Now imagine yourself in the midst of those cells, in that world under the microscope, shrunk down to cellular size, walking around in a seemingly infinite landscape of cellular structures. This is the experience you can have in the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, Under the Microscope.

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Tags: Custom, Light Diffusion, Graphics, Museums, Exhibits

Five Transformit Projects Receive International Achievement Awards

At the 2019 Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo, the IFAI announced the winners of their annual International Achievement Awards. Five projects that Transformit designed, fabricated, and/or contributed to were recipients of an IAA. Each of these installations represent a collaboration of art and design with multiple partners.

Special thanks and congratulations to our co-winners and collaborators:  Conservation International, Cool Shadow (of Loisos + Ubbelohde), Maine Craft Gallery, Quiring General, Scattergood Design, SmithGroup, Thinc Design, Vision3, and Studio HHH, who's original sculpture 'Serpentine', created for Illuminus Boston and featuring eight Transformit 'Pixies', won Best in Category for Fabric Environments as well as receiving top honors with an Award of Excellence in the Fabric Art sub-category.

 

2019 Industrial Fabrics Association International / International Achievement Awards
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Serpentine
Best in Category — Fabric Environments
Award of Excellence — Fabric Environments / Fabric Art

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Tags: Custom, Textile Architecture, Exhibits, Acoustic Treatment, Interior Design, Shade, Mesh, IFAI, Awards & Recognitions, Fabric Art, Virtual Reality

Jellyfish

Thinc Jellyfish

Our newest installation, a jellyfish. Designed by Matt Tarpley and team at Thinc Design of New York, the jellyfish is a purpose-built environment for Drop in the Ocean, a VR experience that made its world debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and next opens at the California Academy of Sciences.

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Tags: Custom, Traveling Exhibits, Virtual Reality