Come to the 9th Annual Mad Hatter Festival and Parade on Saturday, December 1st in downtown Vallejo. Festivities start at 12pm and end around 10pm. Parade begins on Sonoma Blvd and Georgia Streets around 4:30pm. Dress warm and bring your family and friends to this wonderful display of art cars, marching bands, and holiday silliness!
Open Studios at Obtainium Works
Join us for a weekend of great art at the premiere art car studio in the North Bay. Come see the new vehicles and the projects in development! We will also have guest artists - Sherry Moyse of Ambiance Jewelry who has a great line of steampunk jewelry and Cherie Mendieta of MaCheri Designs who has beautiful beaded jewelry. We will also have some steampunk clothing items from our crew, a new line of Obtainium Works logo mugs and stickers, and the usual great food and beverages!
(Editor’s update: we now have a link to an article that describes the Lyft Art Park, where several Burning Man art pieces are on display, including the Neverwas Haul, while visitors wait for their Lyft drivers.)
From Lyft’s blog: “Starting on Wednesday, Sep. 26 and running through Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, Lyft passengers can experience the first-of-its-kind Lyft Art Park on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. The Lyft Art Park is home to some of the most awesome art cars and pieces from the Playa, including 30-foot animatronic ballerinas, polar bears and robots in an immersive experience for all ages to explore, enjoy and engage with.”
Video from CBS Channel 8 News:
Also in the Las Vegas Review Journal: “While waiting for a ride in downtown Las Vegas, you might expect to see lively bachelorette parties piling into limousines or tipsy tourists hailing taxis. Or you might see a 30-foot-tall ballerina dancing toward a mobile Victorian home.
Lyft’s Art Park merges the efficient with the artful. The pick-up and drop-off hub serves as something of an outdoor museum for wayward art installations.”
Play the game of “Where’s Waldo?” by looking at this photo of Las Vegas. Somewhere in there is the Neverwas Haul, one of several Burning Man art pieces on display at the 2018 “Life is Beautiful” festival. (Photo was found here.)
Related: This beautiful video poem is worth watching.
Yes, the title is clickbait, but the Neverwas Haul somehow was placed at #1 of the top of list of exotic motorhomes. Once again, folks can’t wrap their brain around the fact that it is a mobile work of art, and not an actual place to live.
Our friends at MAKE Magazine (and Maker Faire) just posted this fantastic blog post about our recent Obtainium Cup Contraptors Rally. Discovering that the event is "really an excuse for municipal silliness, an old-fashioned family outing, and a focal point for the local maker community," the heavily photo and video-laden post describes the event as an excuse for the city of Vallejo to have fun. Says the author Clair Whitmer, "Obtainium Works is a great example of a makerspace assuming an important civic role and helping turn Vallejo into a fanciful but undeniable example of a maker city in the making."
Obtainium Works inventors Samuel Coniglio, Katherine Becvar, and Kiki Jewell were invited to show off the TIKITRON drinkbot on the "New Screen Savers" online TV show, part of the "This Week in Tech" TWiT.TV.
Many thanks to TWiT TV for inviting TIKITRON into their studio for a fun introduction to Cocktail robotics!
On August 2nd, 2018, Come see the very Steampunk episode of "Jay Leno's Garage" featuring Shannon O'Hare, Kathy O'Hare, and Kimric Smythe of Obtainium Work at the Empress Theater for FREE!
There’s no telling what magic elixir Kathy and Shannon O’Hare take to prepare and produce the annual Obtanium Cup and Art Car Jam next weekend July 21-22.
May 16, 2018
UPDATE! OUR FIRST FIGHT WILL BE SHOWN ON SCIENCE CHANNEL ONLY ON MAY 16 AT 9PM
The Vallejo Times Herald recently revealed Obtainium Works' recent forays onto national TV!
Not just one, but TWO shows:
"Jay Leno's Garage" 2018: current season will have a special episode on Steampunk cars. Shannon and Kathy O'Hare, along with Obtainium Works' alumni Kimric Smythe, brought Kimric's Kristy's Flyer (a real, home-made steam-powered vehicle), and the Steampunk Pirate Ship (originally built for recently deceased crew member Gregory Nett). The episode will premiere some time in May 2018.
"Battlebots" 2018: Obtainium Works teamed up with Recoil Robotics (Zak Hassanein, a local builder), to compete in the reboot of the famous fighting robot TV show with the "Deviled Egg" battlebot. Shannon O'Hare, Kathy O'Hare, Stephen Jacobson, and Angie the mascot dog went to Long Beach in August with "Steamy," the robot carrier bot to transport the Deviled Egg when it is not in the fighting arena. Obtainium Works also did the brass decor on the "Deviled Egg." Also, the crew provided technical support and a wacky Steampunk ambiance to the team, because Hollywood loves stuff like that. Check out our info page on our website!
The Robby Poblete Foundation recently received a big grant to From California Wellness to pursue their goals of reducing gun violence. Obtainium Works is assisting the Foundation to gather artists and resources for their Art of Peace project. Article Link:
Kathy & Shannon O'Hare and Kimric Smythe will be guests on an upcoming episode of Jay Leno's Garage which features the Airship, Kristie's Flyer, the Wine Trike, and a number of other steampunk designed vehicles from other fabricators. They just returned from filming this week and the show should air sometime in April or May. We will update you as we get firm details. They had a wonderful time with Jay and his crew who were very professional and made them feel at home among all the steam powered vehicles and engines.
Off to more adventures! The crew of Obtainium Works are building new vehicles and running several events!
- March 17: The 6th Anniversary Fundraiser, Dinner and a Show! Featuring a new mystery play!
- July 21-22: Obtainium Cup and Art Car Jam
- November 10-11: Vallejo Open Studios
- December 1: 9th Annual Mad Hatter Parade & Festival
The #ArtofPeace project was started in memory of Robby Poblete who lost his life to gun violence in Vallejo. His mother faced with overwhelming grief started the The Robby Poblete Foundation to turn tragedy into hope.
The exhibit will open in the spring and is all about transformation. Artists have now been chosen to take confiscated weapons and turn them into pieces that will inspire and educate. For many this journey is personal.
Some of the weapons came from a gun buyback with the Vallejo Police Department. The Richmond Police Department also donated confiscated weapons and @alameda county is also signing up to get involved. Thanks as well to Omnific Pictures Director TJ Walkup for help with video for this story.
Found this recent article about our famous house:
The Vintage News: Steampunk triumphs in the Neverwas Haul, a Victorian house on wheels inspired by science fiction novels
This article is mostly accurate, and contains some new photos not seen before.
The San Francisco Chronicle stopped by the other day and interviewed the crew of Obtainium Works as part of a larger feature about the growing arts scene in Vallejo. Much of the verbage came straight from our website!
SFGATE: Makers, painters, steampunk bohemians all flock to Vallejo’s eclectic art scene
Once Again, the local newspaper covers our wacky little adventures!
Vallejo Times-Herald, "Art Car Jam kicks off Obtainium weekend in Vallejo
Once again, Obtainium Works is a featured Maker at the 2017 MAKER FAIRE! Come see us on May 20-21 and our latest creation: the London Speedster! (any resemblance to another contraption is pure coincidence!)