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Welcome to Issue No. 6 of the Memoria Technica Workshop Newsletter! The technicolored version. Because life is too short not to be surrounded by confetti.

This newsletter includes updates about class offerings, the horological lecture series, featured conservation projects, making whimsies, and other workshop news.

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Yours sincerely,
Brittany Nicole Cox

I can't believe it's been a year since my last letter. 2020 was tough for all of us, but I'm happy to report the workshop is still here for now, although we may be moving. More on that soon should it come to pass.
Either way, I'm optimistic about seeing you all soon in 2021. 

For those of you who reached out and supported the workshop by signing up for a one-on-one class or purchasing merchandise and whirligigs, thank you so much! I couldn't have done 2020 without all of you.

* Now offering Quarantine Bubble classes for up to four students and one-on-one tuition *

Regular classes are returning soon for fully vaccinated folks!

Beginner’s Engine Turning | Brittany Nicole Cox ($450) + $15 materials fee 
Limited to 4 Students
 Book your dates on the website
9:00am - 5:00pm

This two-day class provides students with a basic understanding of engine turning and simple pattern development. Students leave with a set of 5 brass guilloché medallions with different patterns. More materials are available and are pay as you go. Whether students are looking into watch dials, jewelry, or are just curious about guilloché work in general, this class offers a good foundation and prepares one for Intermediate classes.

Engine Turning II | Tutor: Brittany Nicole Cox ($650) + $15 materials fee | Limited to 4 Students | Pre-requisite Beginner’s Engine Turning Book your dates on the website
9:00am - 5:00pm

This two-day class is designed for those with a rudimentary knowledge of engine turning or guilloché work.  Learn how to integrate divergent patterns, work with borders, layout work that requires more than one center, dial-in surfaces, and other advanced concepts. Whether you are interested in making watch dials, jewelry, pens, or decorative arts this class will further your understanding and skills. The projects will vary depending on the student's interest. This class allows the use of an elliptical chuck and other attachments. Each student will leave with at least one completed project, such as a writing pen or ring. Different materials are available and are pay as you go. This class is taught two resident Lienhard engines from the Bulova watchmaking factory. 

⚡️Coming Soon ⚡️
Brocading Machine & Engine Turning Combo Class
Friend and trusty horological assistant Alena Diaz drove us out to Arizona this winter to procure a new machine for classes!

Remember our limited sign-up Turning to Borders from the fall of 2019? This new class is similar in principle and will allow students to use a brocading machine to create shields, motifs, and more with engine-turned patterns using antique master templates. 

I was lucky to secure a wonderful collection of art-deco and art-nouveau designs for the machine. The class will employ the skills of an expert hand engraver to work with students as they complete their designs. 
Learn More about Brocading Machines Here
If you missed out on Turning to Borders keep an eye out for the upcoming Brocading classes. Here's a couple of photos of what students accomplished in our two-day 2019 class.
Memoria Technica Guest Lectures and Upcoming Talks

+ April 27th | Cal Arts |

+ June 11th | North House Folk School |

+ Past talk: A Horological Discourse made available by
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
In the Wildest Dreams do Come True Section 

I'm still pinching myself.
I made it into NatGeo. 

This was a childhood dream come true. After the difficult year of 2020, it was surreal to be featured in my all-time favorite publication. This magazine was the foundation of my childhood. I would spend hours flipping through its pages, taking in the many events and places that shape our world.

It is strange and amazing to have my work recorded in an issue that sheds light on the destructive power of viruses like Covid-19, but also how life as we know it would be impossible without them. Truly life is a balance. I have had many failures and hurdles along the way, but bright spots like this remind me that the work is worth it. I feel so grateful and humbled.

Timeless Time Machines in National Geographic
Featured Workshop Projects
I had the privilege of working on this fabulous example of an early 19th-century singing bird box by the firm of Charles Bruguier. It was likely made around 1835 and can be seen on display in the upcoming exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. Check out "Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art & Culture 1620-1820" set to open April 24th.
Rare & Wondrous Birds
Cochlea Debuted in Seattle at our New Contemporary Art Museum MoM

On show now through June 2021!
I <3 MoM
Atlas Obscura
I did a couple of fun video interviews for Atlas Obscura.
In case you missed them, I hope you enjoy! 

This one is a series of odd questions where they put me on the spot. Find out what watches and whales have in common. 
Here I am during quarantine doing a show and tell of odd stuff in my apartment, like lava lamps. 
Memoria Technica Staples
Our Guilloché coaster sets have been a popular item since their introduction in the Fall of 2019! Handmade here at Memoria Technica, these engine-turned sterling silver 3″ coasters feature variations of different engine-turned patterns. Cork backed and 18 gauge thick, these coasters make for a stunning gift or a special something for a festive occasion. Toast over New Year champagne, or make that at-home quarantine Happy Hour something to remember!

I'm also happy to report I'm working on some new straight line guilloché earring designs inspired by origami. Stay tuned. I'll be posting up some photos on my Instagram. 
Shop Memoria Technica Goodies !
The Memoria Technica Enamel Pin Series is alive and well! Although we are almost sold out of every design. I'd love to know if folks are interested in some new pin offerings. I had a lot of fun making these and would be excited to release some new ones!
Memoria Technica Enamel Pin Series
Sacred Geometry - Second Edition
The Sacred Geometry Second Edition!
With 17 new patterns, making a total of 88 unique engine patterns. 

We have fewer than 3o copies of this edition left!
Snag one now using the link below.

The front and back cover are pressed with white and silver foil. The binding is spiraled white metal wire, allowing the book to lay flat as you color. The book is printed on 180lb uncoated white paper – so your coloring utensils won’t bleed through and colors stay true. This book is limited to 300 copies and is handmade here in Seattle Washington.

Available Here
In reflecting on 2020 and the loss of a family member who died on the 31st of December, I wrote an essay commissioned by the Anchorage Museum in Alaska on time. I'd like to share it with you.
You Can Read it Here

2020 had some beautiful moments. I'm sharing a little snapshot of one that left me feeling very grateful during a year of so much loss and hardship for so many people around the world. This year both divided us and brought us together.

I believe things will get better.

“Where did then go? There it went just now" 

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