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About Jeremy Menefee

Since he was old enough to hold a hammer, Jeremy has been building things (and trying to contact roll the hammer). HE alternates between barricading himself in his workshop for days on end making props, and going missing for days on end spinning them, and has amassed a collection of flow objects that is rapidly devouring his apartment. Jeremy is a spin-jam organizer in Columbus, Ohio, where he is working to help develop the object manipulation community. Since childhood, Jeremy has had a habit of spinning anything he could get his hands on, but it wasn't until 2014 that he found the flow arts community and began to develop props specifically for performance. Jeremy is a firm believer in open source, and will be providing tutorials, tips and tricks, product reviews, and how-to's on all things flow.

December 16 2015

Performers Without Borders Spotlight: Spinning Spades

By | December 16th, 2015|Flow Arts Discoveries|

https://vimeo.com/120624313 Following out spotlight on Aileen, this time we're taking a look at the performance dynamo, (Tyler) Spinning Spades. Photo by Alden Rodgers Spades is a graceful ninja capable of astounding feats of balance. He is based out of Portland, Oregon, but has taught workshops and performed around the world since 2007. [...]

Performers Without Borders Spotlight: Aileen Lawlor

By | December 11th, 2015|Flow Arts Discoveries|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=7BNLBFMWJQQ With 2016 rapidly approaching we're all preparing for the next round of festivals and flow retreats, but a small group of seven entertainers are readying themselves for a different adventure in performance and flow--they're gearing up to travel to Nicaragua with Performers Without Borders (PWB). I was fortunate enough to get to chat [...]

August 17 2015

Tick Check, Hippies!

By | August 17th, 2015|Flow Arts Discoveries|

Three words you've hopefully heard at least a few times this festival season, "tick check, hippies!" is a friendly reminder to put down your drinks, and your props, and your drug-fueled orgies, and dedicate some time to making sure you stay tick-free. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe this summer: Prevention [...]

July 31 2015

Five Tips For Choosing Your First Contact Staff

By | July 31st, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

If you're reading this it's safe to assume that you are in the position I once was; looking to buy your first staff and unsure where to begin. Here's five tips to help you make the right pick: 1. Sizing - "How long should my staff be" is always the first question for any beginner. [...]

Making Your First Contact Staff

By | July 9th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

There are many whimsical and fantastic props out there, each with its own unique pros and cons, but there's no disputing that staves are the best. Knowing that, obviously you want to start spinning a contact staff right away. Here's how you can get to it! What You'll Need: Scissors A saw Hardwood Broomstick (pictured) [...]

June 4 2015

Staff Affection: Know your Beau-Staff

By | June 4th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

First and foremost, if you didn't at least chuckle at the pun in the title, get out. (It's pronounced "bo staff"), and traditionally, the staff is called a bo staff. So let's talk about materials. Contact staves come in a myriad of different shapes and styles, and every prop-smith will have their own personal flair, [...]

May 4 2015

Prop Storage: Great Walls of Fire

By | May 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Prop storage - an ongoing battle of hooks, nails, drills, hammers, closets, and corners. Here's a way to store your props with a relatively small footprint, while displaying them like the works of art they are! Materials Get ready for another hardware store trip, and start learning the employees' names (not important for your build [...]

April 24 2015

Travel Tips and Tricks: Festival Season

By | April 24th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

Festival Festival season is upon us, and we all know that means that our props are about to get a workout. Through the rain, mud, playa dust, and everywhere in between, your props will be seeing a lot of inclement climates, so here are some tricks to keep them alive and kicking. Bag It!  This [...]

Staff Affection – Materials and Maintenance

By | April 9th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

This one goes out to my stick-swingers. Staff spinners aren't as prevalent as their poi counterparts, but they are definitely cooler. Rigid props do, however, come with a few quirks and unique bits of maintenance that can help increase the life of your staff dramatically. Let's go over some of the essentials. Wicks – Barrel [...]

March 26 2015

Your Poi and You – Materials and Maintenance

By | March 26th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

Let's talk poi, folks. It seems to be the most popular prop lately, and the flow arts community is starting to grow faster than proper information can spread. In the interest of helping you find your flow and make it last, here is some useful information for picking your first set of poi, and some [...]

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