Link to Gina's Pixeltoon animation and design studio
Link to Gina's kinetic sculpture site
"T-Gina": Gina's comics site
Gina Kamentsky, sculptor, toy designer, inventor, musician
and teacher has spent most of her work life designing objects
for the amusement of children and adults. Brought up in a household
where creativity, and the study of science and art was a priority,
Gina found an ideal outlet for her talents in the study of Industrial
Design. After receiving a BSID. from Philadelphia College of
Art where she developed a line of innovative infant toys for her
Senior Thesis, Ms. Kamentsky began working as a designer for
Fisher Price Toys in Buffalo New York. During her tenure there
she produced a number of award winning toys for preschool children.
In 1985, feeling limited by the corporate world and the art scene in Western New York Gina moved to Boston¹s vibrant Fort Point art community where she set up shop as an independent Toy and Game inventor . When not concentrating on her commercial endeavors, she began creating mechanical contraptions and illuminated sculptures using found metal objects . After showing in galleries such as Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, the Decordova Museum in Lincoln and creating lamps for the East Coast Grill in Boston, Gina was featured in an article in the "style makers" section of the New York Times. This was followed by a landslide of publicity in publications including Metropolis, LA Style, and Home Magazine, and architectural commissions and sales to collectors throughout the United States.
Several years later, tiring of commissioned work, Gina turned to larger scale mechanical pieces which perform "practical" tasks. One of these, "Incense Clock" , created using refrigerator and toaster parts stands over six feet tall and burns a different stick of incense every hour enhancing the smoke using light and motion. Other large pieces at this time included "Interactive Water Wall" and "Hydraulic Elevator" for the Acton Science Museum and "Sand Trap" for the Decordova Museum's "Strokes of Genius" miniature golf course.
Meanwhile , Ms. Kamentsky developed a worldwide reputation
in the toy industry as a stellar inventor creating classic games
including Chicken Croquet, Fraidy Cats, Totally Twister ,Cookie
Cop and Chicken Limbo which has sold millions of pieces
At the present time, Gina is working on a series of electro - mechanical sculptures combining sound, motion and light. She is also author of "T-Gina", The tale of a fabulous Transgendered gal and her search for validation and a decent cup of coffee. Her comics can be found in print and viewed on the web at http://t-ginacomics.com/ .
When not inventing , Gina can be found playing bass fiddle in the hillbilly band "The Fritters" or zooming around Massachusetts with the East Coast Biker Chicks.
Interview with Gina Kamentsky on Gender Talk Radio!
Kamentsky: Gender Immigrant
By Rich Watson