For a limited time only, you can visit the MAKESHOP and work with Lea on Sunday – Thursday. Lea will be working with us until the end of August when she will continue her creative pursuits at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.
Name/ Nickname: Lea
Favorite color: Teal
How long have you been working at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh?
I’ve been a Teaching Artist since the end of February, and I was an intern last autumn.
When did you know you were a maker?
I’m not sure I really identify as a “maker” any more than I identify as a “breather” or an “eater” — making is just how things I want to do get done, and it’s a very broad category of activities. I’ve identified as someone who sews since I was in about middle school, when I started using a sewing machine in addition to hand sewing, and I’ve identified as someone who makes computer games since I started publishing them in public places, in about 2009.
Who or what influences what you make?
Art, architecture, movies, plays, and games.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned by working at the MAKESHOP?
Patience and not being a perfectionist. Okay, maybe I have not completely learned these yet, but I’ve made progress at least.
What do you not know how to do?
Pretty much anything involving sound. I usually focus on visuals and don’t tend to notice sound, and I don’t have much experience generating or manipulating it.
When you are not in the MAKESHOP, what do you do for fun?
I love watching movies — the weirder, the better.
If you were a material or tool, what would you be?
You can learn more about Lea at her website: