6A Hardware

6-A Hardware is a longtime small business that specializes in tools and home improvement, as well as locks and keys. One of the goals for 6-A Hardware was to make the storefront more attractive and visible from the street. Another included designing an option that could function as both a storage space and an interior window display. The fellows noticed that Phil, the owner, was storing piles of inventory under cardboard and old samples of carpeting. As a result, the storefront looked cluttered, even from the street. The team used a vinyl display and a small mural to transform the exterior of the store.


The Team


Gal Nissim is a New York-based, interdisciplinary artist and researcher who bridges art, science, and technology to create interactive work that invites participants to explore the dynamic relationship between nature, culture, and human-made environments.


Nissim's work has been exhibited at PrintScreen Festival (Israel), NY Hall of Science and Betahaus (Berlin). She is a recipient of Culture & Animals Foundation grant, LMCC creative engagement grant and NYFA IAP among others.


She earned her master's from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a B.S. in cognitive science and biology from the Hebrew University, Israel.


Olga Chemlina is a Ukrainian-born, self-taught multimedia artist who developed her own technique, and currently teaches it to others by holding in-person and online workshops.  Her art is focused around harmonizing visual stimulation delivered through the use of vibrant colors in aesthetically-pleasing manner which promotes positive emotions. Her technique itself serves as a great tool for bringing inner balance and mindful relaxation. She most recently exhibited at NYC’s Karney Bank generating very positive feedback from the audience. Olga dedicates part of her time to community development projects like Upcycle Journey, where she was one of five artists to install series of sculptures made from salvaged materials at newly created Maker Park–a sculpture garden located on Staten Island.


Darkin Brown has extensive experience creating interactive environments across multiple platforms and has been teaching students graphic design for over a decade. Well versed in graphic, web, and interactive design, he also is an accomplished illustrator. Darkin has worked on countess websites, logos, and branding, as well as banner ads and interactive edutainment. This includes building hundreds of games teaching children multiple languages. Lately, Darkin has focused his graphic design skills on signage, awning design, and installations for local businesses in New York City.