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Seek & Share Resources (Weaving, Part Two)

As so many makers do, we in MAKESHOP often turn to the internet for advice. YouTube has played a significant role in the growing maker movement. There, you can find everything from fascinating rope-braiding machines to Arduino tutorials. However, as I recently found, all the YouTube in the world can’t fully replicate the experience of sharing knowledge in person. Our guest makers from the Society for Creative A
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Simplify to Complexify (Weaving, Part One)

I have a tendency to over-design things on occasion. Many makers have, I think, experienced this—the impulse to be inventive at the expense of simplicity and ease of use. This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way several times in the past year as I built and tinkered with a table loom intended to expand our weaving offerings in MAKESHOP. Weaving starts out simply enough. You take string or yarn, arrange it in parall
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Colin uses a chisel to create a joint for the bookshelf.

Joining the Family

Our reading nook in MAKESHOP has been a bit overcrowded for a while now. Owning too many books is a good problem to have—the trick is making room to store them all. Last month, we decided to begin building a new bookshelf. This quickly turned into a passion project for many of us. Working on it has made me think a lot about the way in which memory and collaboration add to a project. I’ve now been working in MAKESHOP
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Art All Night Art-Robots

Putting the “artist” in Teaching Artist

  Although our friend and long-time facilitator, Kevin, has moved on to the world of formal education and classroom teaching, his legacy lives on both in MAKESHOP and on our blog! Check out these great photos he left for us from Art All Night, a 24-hour art show this past spring, open to anybody and everybody. Kevin and his drawbots made some beautiful art during the evening:          As a bonus, here are s
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Magnets and Circuits Blocks Combine To Form…

Circuit blocks are a very popular part of MAKESHOP. But there has been a single pressing problem within our design that has plagued teaching artists for the past several years. We use alligator clips to connect our blocks together and the problem with these is that our younger visitors have trouble manipulating these clips. It is quite the strain on their fine motor skill capabilities to open and close the clips.  Th
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Unfinished Projects

Recently Paul, a former educator at the Museum, came back to visit for a day. Paul moved to Boston right before MAKESHOP officially opened. He was around for the prototyping of MAKESHOP and was pivotal in its inception several years ago. At some point during his time at the Museum Paul started working on a DIY guitar. While he was visiting with me a couple of weeks ago the two of us discovered the guitar in our basem
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