January 18, 2018
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MECA senior awarded Windgate Fellowship

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PORTLAND, Maine — Woodworking & Furniture Design Major at Maine College of Art, Rangeley Morton ‘14, has received the coveted Windgate Fellowship, a $15,000 award  given annually to 10 students who exemplify excellence working in the crafts.

The Fellowship is aimed at helping students continue their practice after graduation.

Rangeley will use the Windgate Fellowship award to set up a benchtop prototyping lab. This micro-setup will allow him to continue his experimentation with alternative materials and CNC production. He will also expand his network in the digital production community by conducting site visits with thought leaders in his field including Matt Hebert, Uhuru, and the Material Connexion. For more information on Rangeley’s proposal focused on creating a benchtop prototyping lab.

“Digital production is a vital resource for my practice, however, this technology is difficult to access post-graduation. My knowledge of CNC production has developed over the past two years at MECA through self-education and passion. I believe that digital production will be one of the most significant developments in the history of craft, and I desperately want to be a part of the revolution,” he said in a press release.

This lab, with a small Shopbot CNC router at its core, uses only the most vital tools to create a powerfully compact work environment. According to Rangeley, “The lab will allow me to cut down material, design prototypes, and produce them with the assistance of the Shopbot CNC router. The micro scale of this lab allows it to be easily relocated as needed, an attribute that shops with larger equipment cannot have.”

His proposal also included building his professional network.

“I also propose trips to New York City and San Diego to further expand my fabrication network. I will obtain a one year membership to the Material Connexion and visit their expansive material research library in Manhattan. While in the area, I will also visit Uhuru Design, a limited-production furniture maker in Brooklyn. I will later visit Matthew Hebert, professor at San Diego State University. Hebert is a leader in the digital-craft genre, and I have arranged a visit to his studio to learn more about his work and process. These visits will provide valuable resources for me as I set up my prototyping lab.”

For more information or to schedule an interview with MECA Senior and winner of the 2014 Windgate Fellowship, Rangeley Morton ‘14, please visitrangeleymorton.com or contact Raffi Der Simonian atrdersimonian@meca.edu | 207.699.5010.