Here at MAKESHOP we are just bursting at the seams with talent, which we credit to our amazing Teaching Artists. They are the ones that help you tie your knot at the sewing table, solder a pin, or hold two pieces of cardboard in place while you’re taping a recycled sculpture project.
Let’s take a closer look at the MAKESHOP staff and learn what they enjoy about making at the workplace… If you can call it work! This week, we introduce you to Theresa!
How long have you worked at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh:
I started as an intern in May 2012, and was hired after my internship.
When did you know you were a Maker?
Ever since I was small I’ve dreamed of being an inventor. I can remember going to the hardware store with my dad and picking out random objects that I found interesting. He would explain to me what they were made to function as, but I always had intentions of manipulating them for some other purpose.
Who or what influences what you make?
The constantly evolving world that we live in inspires me to continue making things that are functional and fun, and to continue learning. I get a lot of inspiration from working with different materials. I am constantly looking for a new texture or shape to work with. I am inspired by something different everyday; architecture, colors, the weather, the industrial city of Pittsburgh, a great story, a facial expression, music, etc.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned by working at the MAKESHOP?
Patience! I tend to start many projects without finishing them because I get impatient with the process. Working at MAKESHOP has given me a different view on the process. Making with other people can be much more fun, and makes the process more important than the outcome. By focusing on where I am instead of where I am going, I am able to learn more about the project I’m working on.
What do you not know how to do?
Any type of programming or digital media work has always been a struggle for me. I work best with 3D materials because I can touch them and physically manipulate them. Computers fascinate me, it all looks like magic.
When you are not in MAKESHOP, what do you do for fun?
When I’m not in MAKESHOP, I’m working on developing my own millinery line. I can usually be found sitting in my studio with my pet rat and a big mess of materials everywhere. I also like to play the guitar and dance ballet.
If you were a material or tool, what would you be?
A blow torch, or soldering iron. Soldering was the first “real” tool I learned how to use when I was about 7 years old. I’m excited to learn how to weld and manipulate metal in the near future.
Please take a look at Theresa’s work by visiting her on Etsy.>