Do you sometimes wonder who is lucky enough to work in MAKESHOP? Well, here is your chance to meet one of our talented makers! Check back every week to meet new people. This week, we introduce you to one of our Teaching Artists, Rebecca!
How long have you been at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh?
I worked at the prototype MAKESHOP in the summer of 2011, and joined the team again in January 2012.
When did you know you were a Maker?
I guess since about third or forth grade, which is when I took sewing lessons, and I would rig my room with complicated booby traps to turn off the lights. I used my family’s giant video camera to shoot movies, and I figured out how to edit system files on our computer.
Who or what influences what you make?
I usually either make something to solve a problem, or make something because I think it would be cool. When I’m not problem-solving, I’m usually influenced by strange and awesome things from books, television, or art that I see.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned by working at MAKESHOP?
How to let visitors learn from mistakes, instead of feeling like I need to make everybody else’s projects perfect on the first try.
What do you not know how to do?
I want to learn about mold making and casting! There’s a lot I still don’t know, but that’s one thing I’d really like to learn.
When you are not in MAKESHOP, what do you do for fun?
More sewing! Drawing, letter writing, having bus adventures, eating breakfast…. I love breakfast.
If you were a material or tool, what would you be?