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MAKESBURGH RETURNS

We decided to do a big community project at the end of May.  The Museum sees a record number of visitors this time of year due to school field trips.  We felt that a big group project would be fun for all of these groups to add to.  We always have  a ton of recycled materials in MAKESHOP, and what better way to use these materials, than to build a giant cardboard city! We set up the workshop space as a landscape (wit
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A Miniature Museum

A couple of weeks ago we built a really big and a really interesting cardboard city in MAKESHOP.  The one thing the city was missing was a cardboard version of the Museum. A collaboration between Derek, Alison and myself helped create this miniature version of one of the most fun places in Pittsburgh.  I especially had fun creating a small version of Ned Kahn’s Cloud Arbor which resides in the new Buhl Park out
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Stop-Motion Joke

Michael has been to MAKESHOP before.  His favorite thing to do is stop-motion animation.  He came in a couple of days ago and couldn’t find the stop-motion computer.  We move things around a lot in MAKESHOP, so I showed him where the computer was residing and he got right to work.  His first animation was about the “fiscal cliff,” but that footage was deleted by accident.  Undaunted, Michael began a
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Repurposing Jeans

It was around three o’clock in the afternoon when Katie came into MAKESHOP with an old pair jeans in tote.  She explained to me that the jeans had holes in them and her mom wanted to throw them out.  Instead, Katie brought the jeans to the Museum to turn them into something new.  Katie has been to MAKESHOP before, so she was confident about what could be done.  She consulted me, Derek, and Amy about what she sh
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Textile Design Crash Course

Lea and I, both Teaching Artists, ran Textile Design Crash Courses for two different groups of visiting Winchester Thurston high school students on special day-long field trips, one on May 20th and another on May 21st. Asked to come up with a 4.5 hour workshop of our choosing, we jumped at the chance to work with older kids in a truly cross-disciplinary way. There are four different aspects to the course:   Desi
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An Abstract Theme

“Make something that flows” This was the challenge that we presented to visitors a couple of weeks ago.  As facilitators, it was our challenge to document what visitors did when given the challenge.  Typically themes in MAKESHOP revolve around less abstract ideas like 3D objects or light, but mMake FLOW. What does that even mean? I spent about an hour in the morning thinking about this theme.  I could obs
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