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Puppets and technology

How do you mix paper bag crafts with technology?  Our usual answer to a question like that is “put a light on it!”  Basically, we tried to figure out what we could add to a paper bag puppet to make it more “techy.”  Rebecca created a very cool example that combines a paper bag with an electronic circuit.  When you close its mouth, two paper clips touch each other and complete the circuit allow
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Making a very big costume…

I’m not an expert at anything, but I am really good at asking questions. I wanted to make a JEDI KNIGHT robe for Halloween.  Problem: I have never sewn anything this big or complex before.  Thankfully, I was able to ask Rebecca, a fellow Teaching Artist, and Lea, one of our interns, for help.  They showed me the importance of sketching your project before you do anything.  It is important to visualize the piece
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Activated Origami

This was really cool workshop taught by one of our favorite guest makers, Sibel Deren Guler.  Visitors were able to explore and learn how to create several origami projects.  They were then encouraged by Deren and me to add lights and motors to their creations.  This was the first time I witnessed activated origami and I loved it. These special workshops in the MAKESHOP are great.  You get to learn about something ne
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Masks!

Our theme for the month of October is identity.  We’ve decided to explore this theme by creating masks and costumes.  A mask is a great way to change your persona.  We’ve spent the past couple of days experimenting with different materials and designs.  As usual, we invite our visitors to share in this prototyping process.  You can learn a lot just by watching a group of people make things. I have never r
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Making Connections

Taking something that was going to be thrown away and giving it a new purpose is always rewarding.  The “Book-Shelf” pictured above is a great example of a project that uses entirely re-purposed junk. Actually, “junk” seems like a negative term… Let’s call it “repurposed treasure.” My friend, Becky, wanted to make gift cards for her salon (Tula Organic) in the Squirrel
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MAKESHOP Superhero Gadgets

We get our fair share of crime-fighting gadgets here in the ‘shop. Grappling hooks come and go in waves, and lightsabers are always popular. We’ve seen Iron Man-style repulsers, and plenty of Batman-inspired costume pieces. There’s a foam samurai getup on one of the dress forms, and I myself am guilty of making a magazine-paper broadsword and plate armor combo. Usability is a huge factor when you
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