Tuesday, 31 October 2017

How They Built That Levitating Star Wars Speeder Bike Costume

Watch this awesome video of a replica Star Wars speeder bike appearing to levitate its way around NYC. Then check out the backstory of how it was built.

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Reuse Old Resistors as Jewelry Charms

Here's a great reuse project for those jars of vintage resistors you might have sitting in the back corner of a shelf somewhere.

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Check Out the New Maker Podcast “Make or Break”

Looking for something to listen to while you're in your workshop? Check out this new podcast that features past Make: magazine contributors.

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#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Kevin Weir

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in October 2014.

A vaguely creepy project by Kevin Weir, Flux Machine, came across my social media feeds a few weeks ago. The gifs that Kevin creates from historic photos from the Library of Congress put me in mind of Terry Gilliam’s work for Monty Python, compelling the viewer to dig into the digital collections of historic photos and see old images in a new way. Enjoy! ~ Laura

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself. Who are you, and what kind of creative work do you do?

Kevin Weir (KW): My name is Kevin Weir, and I’m a designer/animator based in Brooklyn, NY. I work full time as an art director at an ad agency called Droga5 in NYC, and in my spare time I do some animation. I’m not really a great animator, by any means, but I’m learning as I go. I’ve been kind of pleasantly surprised at the attention that my one GIF project, Flux Machine, has been getting. Pretty exciting to have the internet spreading my work around.

Gif created by Kevin Weir.

Gif created by Kevin Weir.

LAIP: What is/has been your relationship to libraries (of any kind, at any point in your life you’d like to talk about!)?

KW: I grew up in upstate NY and was a card-carrying library member of a small library in an adjacent town. In my youth, I used to take out huge stacks of books at a time. Lots of fantasy, science fiction and nature facts/photography. More recently, I’ve found the Library of Congress to be an incredible online resource for the animated works that I make.

LAIP: Your animated gifs, collected at The Flux Machine, are delightfully weird. Can you tell us a bit about the process you go through to create one of those projects? How do you pick the photos to use, for example?

KW: Thanks! I go on the Library of Congress Flickr page and look through hundreds of their recent uploads. I’ll make a few selects just based on what catches my eye, and then I’ll sit with those for a while before choosing one that I want to animate. I typically look for really interesting compositions and characters.

Gif created by Kevin Weir.

Gif created by Kevin Weir.

LAIP: Do you have a recommended gif maker for people looking to make their own gifs? Any how-to’s or instructions you’d recommend checking out?

KW: I use photoshop and after effects. Used to only use photoshop, back when I made everything frame by frame. To learn photoshop, I think you just need to mess around with the program for hours and hours on end. I’m self-taught, so I don’t really know where the good tutorials are there. For after effects, there’s a site called Video Copilot (videocopilot.net) which is an incredible resource for learning the technical parts of the program. Again, though, I wouldn’t consider myself a great animator (yet). I think in general to learn animation you just have to do a lot of it.

 
Gif created by Kevin Weir.

Gif created by Kevin Weir.

 

LAIP: As an art-maker, what would your ideal library look or be like? What would it have in it?

KW: I’ve been thinking that I should really take some books out on animation! I think that as a fledgling animator, everything I do can benefit from learning more about technique. So maybe that.

Also maybe just a book on reptiles or something. With lots of glossy photos. Nature is the best.

See Kevin’s work on his website, http://kevinjweir.com, and explore his animated historic photo collection at The Flux Machine.



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Edible Innovations: A DIY Approach to Blending New Types of Tea

Christopher Coccagna is a certified tea specialist. He started studying tea 11 years ago, before becoming a tea sommelier and tea blender.

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Download and Print Maker Mayhem, the Hackerspace Board Game

A cooperative game for 3-6 players where you plan and attempt to execute a crazy hackserspace project together.

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Raspberry Pi Haunted Jack in the Box

Take the suspense of a leaping clown and add face-detection that creepily turns a crank when it sees you approaching.

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Tap into Your Inner Maker at the Largest DIY Festival in Australia

Maker Faire Adelaide returns this weekend with crafters, artisans, and makers of all kinds.

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Maker Pro News: Maker Pros do B2B, Indiegogo Launches a Marketplace, and More

This past week, Inventables spotlighted its maker pro users, Indiegogo launched a marketplace, and new 3D printing frontiers were reached.

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MOVI Adds Voice Control to Arduino Projects

MOVI is designed to provide onboard speech recognition and synthesis, making it easy to add voice control to your Arduino based project.

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

This Week in Making: Our 2017 Halloween Project Round-Up

It's the Sunday before Halloween! If you don't have a costume or decorations to put up yet, then these last minute tips should help you out.

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#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Patricia Dahlman and “Big Open Book”

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in April, 2015.

Today I’m pleased to welcome artist Patricia Dahlman to the Library as Incubator Project. Patricia is the creator of a new site-specific sculpture that is on exhibit at the Mid-Manhattan Library in New York City. Today she tells us a bit about her relationship to libraries, especially the art book collections that inspired Big Open Book. Enjoy! ~ Laura

Patricia Dahlman is an artist that lives in the New York City area. She works with fabric and thread to make both two dimensional and three dimensional art work. Her website is http://ift.tt/1CdNoVd

"Big Open Book" sculpture by Patricia Dahlman, on view at Mid Manhattan Public Library.

“Big Open Book” sculpture by Patricia Dahlman, on view at Mid Manhattan Public Library.

 
Big Open Book is a site-specific art work made by the artist Patricia Dahlman. It is a sculpture of an art history book and is made from canvas, fabric, ribbon, thread, wire, and stuffing. The sculpture contains reproductions of the painting Just in Time by Elizabeth Murray and the painting Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso. Big Open Book was created in appreciation of public art libraries and of two very influential artists. The exhibition is also a celebration of the beauty and vitality of Artists’ Books on a large scale.
 
Visit the exhibition page on the NYPL website to learn more.

Writes Patricia,

My intimate relationship to libraries goes back to when I was in college. I went to college in Dayton, Ohio and had wonderful teachers but there was not a lot of actual art to see. I basically lived in the library looking at reproductions in art books, trying to figure out what to do in art as well as how to be an artist. After college I moved to the New York City area and looked around for a good circulating art book library. I found the downtown Newark Public Library in Newark, New Jersey to be the best circulating library in the area. There were wonderful small scale exhibitions there as well made from actual art from the Newark Library Art Collections. I also learned that libraries have archives on artists. The art librarian at Newark Public Library, William Dane showed me archives on the artist and writer Anne Ryan. I had no idea Anne Ryan was a writer as well as an artist.

I recently made a large site-specific sewn sculpture, “Big Open Book” for an exhibition at Art Wall on Third at the Mid-Manhattan Library in New York City. I was asked by the curator of Art Wall on Third, Arezoo Moseni to make a large sewn book for this space. “Big Open Book” is a sculpture of a book about art history. The open book depicts two artists’ works, Elizabeth Murray’s “Just In Time” and Pablo Picasso’s “Weeping Woman.” I have spent many hours researching, looking and now copying Murray’s and Picasso’s work and they both have had a big impact on my own work.

My ideal library would be two different libraries. One library would be what Newark Public Library was like back in the 1970’s. Newark Public Library had a wonderful large sunlit room full of windows that was just for books on art and music. It was never crowded back then and had a fantastic circulating art book collection with an incredible art librarian, William Dane. The other ideal library would be the direction the Mid-Manhattan Library in New York City is taking. Art work is exhibited in different places within the library. There is something wonderful to see actual art work there as well as books. What an inspiration.

Patricia Dahlman at work on a sculpture.

Patricia Dahlman at work on a sculpture.



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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Live Updates From Maker Faire Calgary

new pictures and videos all weekend long from Calgary Alberta Canada!

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Tips of the Week: Needle Bottles, Playing Cards in the Shop, and Heat-Bending PVC with Sand

Another week of solid and satisfying shop tips and tricks from top makers.

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Becky Stern’s Retro Raspberry Pi Tumblr GIF Camera

This great project puts a clever animated gif-making apparatus into a vintage camera housing, and uploads the results to a Tumblr page.

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Get Started with DIY Synths

Jacek Handke shared with us a fantastic article about getting started in DIY synths. You'll definitely want to check it out. 

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Quickly Build Transitional Dwellings with Shelter 2.0 CNC Templates

Shelter 2.0 is a flat-packed plywood structure that anyone can build pretty much anywhere with the assistance of a CNC router.

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Double-Barrel 3D Printed Candy Corn Wrist Shooter

Download and print the custom design, then put your candy corn to good use. Just don't aim at anyone's heads, please. 

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Last Minute Halloween: Costumes, Food, Decor, and More

46 quick, easy, and awesome costume ideas, plus last minute decorating ideas and tips.

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Makers and Disaster Relief: Replacement Parts

The people of the Caribbean need a small, portable casting system that can safely melt any found metals to create replacement parts.

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Phone-Screen-Driven Ono 3D Printer In Action at Maker Faire New York

There have been questions from the maker community about the viability of the Ono printer, so we set out to see it in action.

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Emulate Slit Scan Photography for Beautifully Weird Images

Slit scan photography is an interesting technique that yields abstract and beautiful results.

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Transform a Tuff Shed into a Solar-Powered Workspace

Build yourself a solar powered office out of a Tuff Shed, giving yourself a workspace to maintain isolation between your work and the rest of your life.

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Featuring: Katie Herzog

Today we are pleased to feature a recent exhibition by visual artist Katie Herzog. Katie is also the director of the Molesworth Institute, a special library devoted to the playful side of libraries and archives. Enjoy this write-up of Katie’s recent project, from the KLOWDEN MANN gallery.

“There is no way to perform architecture in a book. Words and drawings can only produce paper space, not the experience of real space. By definition, paper space is imaginary: it is an image”
– Bernard Tschumi

Rubbings by Katie Herzog. Image from KLOWDEN MANN exhibition page.

Rubbings by Katie Herzog. Image from KLOWDEN MANN exhibition page.

Rubbings by Katie Herzog. Image from KLOWDEN MANN exhibition page.

 

KLOWDEN MANN is proud to present Los Angeles-based artist Katie Herzog’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, Rubbing the Internet Archive. The exhibition will be on view from September 9th through October 14th, with an opening reception on September 9th from 6-8pm.

Rubbing the Internet Archive consists of a 10 foot high by 84 foot wide rubbing of the exterior of the Internet Archive building in San Francisco that Herzog made using rubbing wax on non-fusible interfacing. Created in pieces on-site in San Francisco’s Richmond district in July of 2017, the drawing will be adhered to the walls of the gallery’s main exhibition space, allowing the to-scale exterior of the Internet Archive to form the interior built-environment of the gallery.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996 with the stated mission of “Universal Access to All Knowledge”. The archive provides free public access to extensive collections of digitized materials including websites (a large portion of which are no longer live), public-domain books, music, software applications, television, and movies. Currently housing over 30 petabytes of data in one copy of the full archive, the Internet Archive has partial backup sites in locations such as Canada, Egypt and the Netherlands.

For a full exhibition description, visit the KLOWDEN MANN website.



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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Can a Paper Blade on a Dremel Tool Actually Cut Card, Plastic, Wood?

Check out this eyeopening experiment to see if a rotary tool can do some serious cutting with two sheets of paper.

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Makers and Disaster Relief: Searching for Sustainable Cooking Methods

When disaster strikes, and electrical or gas stoves aren't an option, how can we use upcycled solar panels and seawater to cook food?

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Maker Faire Istanbul Invites Everyone to “Birlikteyap”

#birlikteyap means "make together," so there's an emphasize on teamwork, collaboration, sharing, and exchanging — among the most celebrated and beautiful aspects of the Maker Movement.

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4 Animated Halloween Decorations You Can Build on a Budget

Want some animated Halloween decorations for your house this year? These four projects are both easy and cheap to make.

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Use Polarizing Film to Locate the Sun on Overcast Days

Locate the sun on overcast days with this ingenious Viking invention.

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Easel Pro Launches for Fast, Easy, Commercial CNC Project Making

Inventables is launching Easel Pro, an expanded paid service that adds new features to add speed and flexibility to professional projects.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Great Make: Pumpkin Patch Round-Up of Carving Projects

Some of our most popular, clever, and awesome pumpkin carving tutorials and projects.

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Edible Innovations: Grow Healthy Plants with Bloomengine

Junhwan Paul Kang is one of the minds behind Bloomengine, a smart gardening device that helps people grow plants indoors.

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The Future Is on Exhibit at Maker Faire Bilbao

This year Maker Faire Bilbao, October 27–29, is taking things to the next level!

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Maker Spotlight: Matthew Borgatti

Matthew Borgatti describes himself as a Dielectrical Materialist. He enjoys working with his hands and making quick iterations on his ideas.

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11 Innovative Projects to Reinvent Your Living Space

Reinvent your home with these 11 projects that range from a CNC cut dining table to a living room that's been transformed into a makerspace.

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#IArtLibraries | In Motion: American Sign Language Poetry

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in April 2012.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month in a big way here at the Library as Incubator Project. Throughout the month of April we’ll be posting a couple of times a week about innovative, interesting, and inspiring poetry projects. Some of them take place in or are inspired by libraries, some aren’t – but could be!

I’m taking a class with the wonderful cartoonist/graphic novelist/playwright/educator Lynda Barry. She shared with us the preview for a very cool documentary about young people who participate in deaf poetry jams, also known as deaf poetry slams or American Sign Language (ASL) poetry. It’s a given that poetry comes in spoken (oral) and written forms, but what about forms that are solely based on movement/motion?

From the deafjam.org website:

ASL POETRY is a vibrant three-dimensional art form where body movements convey meaning.

There is no paper or text. Rhymes are measured in hand shapes and meter in movements. Images cut and dissolve as its verses transcend all spoken word. In relation to literary poetry, the similarity of hand-shapes can act as alliteration, and using the same hand-shape repetitively works as rhyme. Visual Vernacular (a term originated by Bernard Bragg) involves cinematic concepts. The technique involves references to close-ups, wide shots, images dissolving into other images as well as “cutting” back and forth between characters to show different points of view on a scene.

The website points out that American Sign Language is not a derivative of English – a point I found out the hard way when I learned my lines for a scene in a play both in spoken English and in ASL. And, because of the nature of the performance/piece – “In ASL poetry the body is the text” – it’s impossible to translate the work faithfully into oral or written form.

Check out the documentary’s preview:

The deafjam.org website includes a fabulous collection of resources, including ASL artists and performances. Have you ever participated in or attended an ASL poetry jam, slam, or other performance? We’d love to connect with you. Send us a note: libraryasincubatorproject@gmail.com, find us on Twitter @IArtLibraries, or check us out on Facebook. – Laura



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Monday, 23 October 2017

Costumes, Driveable Tanks, and electroBOOM at Maker Faire Calgary

Maker Faire Calgary is being held over the Halloween weekend? Sounds like a phenomenal idea to us. We can't wait to go!

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Maker Pro News: Adafruit Doubles Down on IoT, Maker Pros Around the World, and More

We take a worldwide view of the maker pro community, covering makers from Adafruit to professionals in India and everyone in between.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

This Week in Making: Geeky Pumpkins, DIY Video Game Console, an Halloween Projects

Halloween is right around the corner! Are you ready? If not, we've got some last minute Jack-o-Lantern designs and project suggestions.

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Weekend Watch: Design and Making with Guido Vrola

An Italian designer and maker hopes to inspire others with the videos that he shares.

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#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Bobby Sayers

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in January 2015.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Bobby Sayers to the Library as Incubator Project. Bobby’s “We Make New” sculpture created for the Artworks in Libraries program for Scottish Book Week caught my eye and I knew he’d have some interesting perspectives to share about libraries. Enjoy! ~ Laura

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself! Who are you, and what sort of creative work do you do?

Bobby Sayers (BS): Hi I’m Bobby Sayers an artist based in Glasgow but was born in sunny sunny Romford, Essex, the land of the pie and mash and pearly kings and queens. I have been practicing professionally since 2012 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University. I feel I am a sculptor at heart but I use many mediums to portray ideas that I feel passion about. Past work has involved performance, video, gifting of small sculptures and creation of large colourful sculptures. My interest is in the transformation of things that are not seen as beautiful on the peripherals of our everyday lives. We often think of the top of the mountain as the place that hold an essence of the sublime but I believe that it is all around us, especially in cities which contain mechanisms and objects that allow complex systems to function so effortlessly.

LAIP: What is or has been your relationship to libraries – as a user, as an artist, however you feel like answering the question…?

BS: I would love to be the person to say that I have connected with libraries my whole life but it has only been of recent years and when studying that I really saw the value of libraries. While participating in the Artworks for Libraries commissioned by Scottish Book Trust for Book Week Scotland 2014, I saw an even greater use of the library, as it was the first time I had also seen a library as a community hub. The people that worked at Lennoxtown Library were so helpful to everyone and library users that I worked with were positive and passionate.

Libraries are where you can become someone new, where you can transform, through the books that you read. The library is extremely important.

LAIP: Tell us about the “We Make New” project you created for Scottish Book Week. How did you come to be involved in that event, and what was your process like for creating “We Make New”?

BS: Pidgin Perfect selected me after an application process in which I proposed something very similar to my outcome. Which was to explore the library itself, engage with the people that use the library and the community around the library. It was a new experience and one that I value very much, as this was my first permanent public artwork. The workshops undertaken as part of the project allowed me to meet many people of all ages that lived around the library. My work is very much about the ‘now’ and transforming what is there already through slight shifts in perspective, thinking or adding a narrative.

"We Make New" by Bobby Sayers.

“We Make New” by Bobby Sayers.

For Lennoxtown I had many trips to the library in which I would simple photograph small elements within the library, finding things that intrigued me, whether I felt they held an inherent beauty or resonated with feelings and stories that the people of Lennoxtown had communicated. I decided to display 8 images I had taken as part of the artwork and each image would have a short poem connected to it, all poems read from left to right to create a whole (loose) narrative, taking the viewer on a journey. For me this artwork spoke about how you can be whatever you want to be, it is up to you but also that there is such beauty within what is here already (in Lennoxtown). Another challenge for me was creating an artwork related and used Jackie Kay’s poem ‘Dear Library’ in way that added more and created a visual narrative. This came about as Jackie’s poem functioned as the foundations for the artworks narrative allowing my outcome to follow parallel to Jackie’s, which if I do say so myself is definitely worth a gander.

"Krásné Svět (beautiful world)" by Bobby Sayers.

“Krásné Svět (beautiful world)” by Bobby Sayers.

LAIP: Tell me about what we’d find on your inspiration book shelf – what are some of your favorite titles and/or authors for inspiration or reference?

BS: My bookshelf currently only has objects and artworks collected over recent years. As I have never been much of a bookworm more the person that reads chunks of text online and forgets who they were by. Though in regards to art I would recommend Inside the White Cube by Brain O’Doherty, this appealed to the anarchist within me as it takes fire at the current white cube gallery system. For non-artists I would read Patti Smith’s book as it really allows you into the mind of an artist and why they make such strange life choices and scarifies for the passions in their lives. Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist was a pivotal book for me as I felt it was parallel to my positive outlook of the now and what could be considered the ‘gold’ that we are all looking for. I am now looking forward reading Grayson Perry’s new book Playing to the Gallery and seeing what Russell Brand in his book Revolution is saying especially as the general elections are fast approaching it is always good to survey all ideas on the future of politics. Something needs to change in society!

LAIP: As an artist, what would your ideal library look or be like? What would it have in it? What would it offer for its users?

BS: My ideal library… that is a good question. For me it would be much more than a library in a traditional sense, it would be a cultural and community hub. A extremely relaxed atmosphere, where you are encouraged to sit and enjoy time reading or writing or even socialising over a cup of tea. There would be theatre and talks that related to different books and loads of beanbags! Loads of natural light to make you feel warm and connected to nature, perhaps throw in some plants too. I think when I was younger I needed a place that engaged with unruly teens, showing them that there is more to books than squiggles on paper, especially if they are dyslexics, which most creatives are. Perhaps films and other outlets could be played in libraries too and groups read short manageable passages together and discuss ideas around them, engaging people in different ways, as we all learn differently.

See more of Bobby’s work at his website, www.bobbysayers.com.

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

Tips of the Week: Quick Sand Casting, Cardboard Cutting, Free Steel, and Overlooked First Aid

Casting with kinetic sand, solder tip cleaner, overlooked first aid tips, and more.

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8 Cosplayers Share Their Tips, Tools, and Ingenuity

These cosplayers have been practicing their trade for years. We asked them if they had any advice for aspiring creators. Turns out they did!

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Freaklabs Builds and Donates Lights to Hurricane Victims

After hearing that Puerto Rico would be without power for at least six months, Freaklabs worked to send the country some light.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ignite Your Imagination at Maker Faire Orlando with Flames, Games, and Workshops Galore

Welcome to Maker Faire Orlando, blasting off this weekend, October 21 and 22 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Halls.

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Make These Totally Gothtacular Bat Wings for Your Boots!

Add a great gothy flourish to your cosplay with these 3D printed bat wings.

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Seoul Hosts the Largest Maker Festival and First Electric Kart Race in Korea

Maker Faire Seoul is now in its sixth year and is taking place this upcoming weekend on October 21 and 22 at Seoul Innovation Park.

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Fighting Bots, Pinball, Emulators, and More at Maker Faire Denver

Maker Faire Denver has it all, whether you're in the mood to watch robot cars fight, drones race, or kids create their own chainmail.

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Partners in Art: Wells Public Library and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Today I am thrilled to share a conversation with Andrea Kazilionis from the Wells Public Library in Wells, Maine. Andrea fills us in on a partnership with the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, a local art museum. This is a great example of a library working closely with an arts institution to offer high-quality, expert cultural and educational programming. Enjoy! ~Laura

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Can you give us the elevator speech for the Wells Library / OMAA programming partnership? What kinds of events or resources make up this partnership, and what outcomes are you hoping to see as the result?

Andrea Kazilionis (AK): The Wells Public Library partnered with the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in order to offer a four-part “Arts and Education” program series. This series features two art history lectures at the library followed by two site visits to the museum. We hope that this program series will allow library patrons to indulge their artistic interests and gain some in-depth insight into the current exhibits at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. We also hope to raise community awareness about the museum and its stunning collections.

LAIP: What was the impetus for forming this partnership / program?

AK: This partnership began as I explored ways to develop cultural education programming at the library. I know from conversing with patrons that the greater Wells region is home to many artists and art enthusiasts. That caused me to take a closer look at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. I had never had the chance to visit, knowing it only as one of the area museums for which the library provided day passes. I navigated my way to the OMAA website and found that the museum was already working with several other area non-profits. This prompted me to reach out to the museum’s education director, Jill Burke. Jill and I met at the museum to discuss a collaboration. Not only was I wowed by the museum’s phenomenal ocean side setting, but equally impressed by Ms. Burke’s suggestions for partnership programming. We combined the library’s monthly lunch and learn program with the museum’s guided tours to come up with the series we’re currently running.

LAIP: What has the response been like so far from the community to the program?

AK: The community response to this program series has been enormous. The first program in the series filled nearly every spare chair in the library, and the follow-up site visit to the museum was big enough to merit two tour groups! There were many familiar faces at the events, but plenty of new patrons as well. The program series has been promoted in our local newspapers, so it seems we’ve caught the attention of individuals who don’t necessarily come to the library on a regular basis. Folks who have attended programs in the series have been asking that I provide more adult arts programs in the future.

LAIP: Every program and collaboration encounters challenges at some point. What are some that have come up for Wells Library / OMAA?

AK: Luckily, the challenges that we’ve faced in the planning and implementation of this program series have been quite manageable. Our biggest issue was having to scramble to make room for an unexpectedly large number of attendees at our first lecture. The other difficulty was communicating the program details to patrons. We wanted to make it clear through our marketing that two of the programs were held at the library and two were held at the museum. Luckily, patrons asked questions when they had them and we were able to clarify details without any problems.

LAIP: What advice do you have for libraries who are interested in approaching arts institutions about potential partnerships?

AK: Librarians looking to partner with art institutions should start by exploring what type of arts programming has worked for their library in the past. I’m fairly new to the Wells Public Library, so when I wanted to put together some type of arts program I first looked at library scrapbooks from years past to see if my library had ever worked with any galleries or museums. Next, I considered the museum passes that we circulate at the library. I knew that our day passes for the Ogunquit Museum of American Art were always being signed out, so I knew my patrons had an interest in that particular institution. After that, it was all about communication! I recommend that librarians dive in by contacting the education or outreach coordinators at nearby arts institutions and start inquiring about potential partnerships. If you approach potential collaborators with a warm smile and an open mind, I think they’ll be more than willing to work with you.



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Edible Innovations: This Hive Lets You Grow Insects at Home

Grow your own food at home! This hive is small enough to fit inside an apartment. It automatically grows insects for consumption.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Cast Your Own Stamps to Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Put a new face on your money with these custom stamps. Don't worry, it's not illegal so long as you don't make the money unusable.

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Crochet Your Own Climate Change Data Visualization Blanket

Create your own blanket that reflects the rising temperatures of our planet. Despite the grim picture, the design is very artistic.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Getting the Most from Dry Herbs

Learning how to use herbs in cooking from Alex of French Guy Cooking.

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Maker Faire Atlanta Celebrates the Local Fluidity Between Schools, the Community, and Business

Everyone's a maker this upcoming weekend in downtown Atlanta as the community comes together for a Weekend of Making, which includes the seventh annual Maker Faire Atlanta, October 22 at the Georgia Freight Depot.

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Cast a Pixelated, Glowing Centipede Costume for Halloween

Follow Caleb's story as he, his sons, and his wife build an LED Centipede Halloween costume that was inspired by the movie "Pixels."

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Edible Innovations: Combining Bartenders, Robots, and Lots of Fun

For years, Ben Cowden has focused on creating cocktail mixing robots and incorporating CAD and digital tools into his metalworking practice.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Submit Your Ideas to Help Communities Devastated by Hurricanes

We want to get your ideas into the hands of people helping rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria

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Drag-Race Power Tools, Build Tiny Dioramas, and Hang Out with Superheroes in Houston

This year's Houston Maker Faire takes place on October 21 and 22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which, up until just a month ago, served as an emergency shelter and relief center for thousands of hurricane victims.

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