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gemstatemom
08-22-2005, 10:56 PM
Quilling friends,
I got a very interesting phone call this afternoon.

Sara Dickerson, a researcher for the Sundberg-Ferrar company in
Michigan, found my website and called with questions about various paper
art forms and their tools. It seems her company is in the innovative
design field, and they are researching the paper arts and trying to
pinpoint any needs for adapted or re-designed tools, or to determine any
new tools that would address unfilled equipment needs. Her research
began with scrapbooking, but she 'turned a corner' and discovered the
arts of quilling, ornare, incire and pergammano, and was literally
breathless by the artistry and beauty of these previously unknown (to
her) art forms.

I told her I would post to my groups and let everyone know that if there
was a frustration that you encounter with current tools, or a lack of
tools for a particular purpose, that there is a place to voice your
desires! Here is a chance to air your 'wish-list' to someone in the
innovative field. You never know, your input might cause it to actually
become reality!

I mentioned my desire for a fine-textured fern punch that wouldn't
break, as the two different ones that I have (not the hopi fern, which I
do not consider 'fine textured') both broke off tiny pieces because of
the lack of strength in the cast aluminum.

The company website, for those interested in learning more:
http://www.shapetomorrow.com
(they have designed coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, washing machines,
toothbrushes, thermal coffee cups, etc. along with medical equipment and
more...quite diversified)

Here is an excerpt of her follow-up email to me:

I would really appreciate hearing about any TOOLS that "don't quite do the
job," or TASKS for which there is no proper/adequate tool. My email address is
sdickerson@shapetomorrow.com and our FAX is 248.360.6900.


Please contact her if you have any input to offer towards her current
research. It is not every day that we are given an opportunity to voice
our opinions to someone who actually is in a position to make a
difference.

And I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this...do you have a particular
frustration with current equipment or the lack of it? Besides the fern
punch, I couldn't put my finger on anything immediately, but believe me,
I'm still thinking about it!

mmeblue
08-23-2005, 06:57 AM
I think it would be cool to have an adjustable circle template board. Sometimes my coils are in between sizes, but I want to be able to make them uniform. It would be really useful to be able to adjust the sizes of the circles on the board somehow. It could be either a feature of the board itself (not sure how that would work), or else some circles that could be snapped into the existing ones to adjust the size just a little bit.

If it already exists, somebody tell me where, because I obviously don't know about it. ;)

gemstatemom
08-23-2005, 08:28 AM
I think it would be cool to have an adjustable circle template board. Sometimes my coils are in between sizes, but I want to be able to make them uniform. It would be really useful to be able to adjust the sizes of the circles on the board somehow. It could be either a feature of the board itself (not sure how that would work), or else some circles that could be snapped into the existing ones to adjust the size just a little bit.


mmeblue,
What an intriguing idea! I don't use my template very often, as I am not usually too particular about uniform sizes on my designs (what can I say, I'm not really into symmetrical arrangements and florals are rarely 'uniform')

Make sure you send an email directly to Sara Dickerson, please? It saves me having to compile everything as I'm worried about forgetting to add someone's input. You can tell her that "Paula sent you." LOL

It is going to be fun to hear what everyone has been really wishing for!

Heather
08-23-2005, 11:39 AM
What comes to mind first thing is a fringer that actually does a good job. I spent close to one hundred dollars on mine and it does a really poor job. It is much faster to hand fringe.

mmeblue
08-24-2005, 08:41 PM
Make sure you send an email directly to Sara Dickerson, please?
Her email address didn't show up in your post (probably a feature of the forum to keep people from getting spammed). What comes after the @ in her email address?

gemstatemom
08-24-2005, 09:15 PM
Her email address didn't show up in your post (probably a feature of the forum to keep people from getting spammed). What comes after the @ in her email address?

let's see if this will work...

sdickerson@shapetomorrow.com


I'll try to correct it in the original post right now.

Thanks for alerting me to this!