Thursday, 30 November 2017

Making an Arduino-Driven, Automated Dust Collection System

Using cheap PVC sewer pipe, an Arduino, and a Servo Shield to create an automate dust collection system.

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Google’s new AIY Vision Kit Lets You Build And Hack Your Own Intelligent Pi-Powered Camera

Create low-power neural network applications, recognize objects, detect facial expressions, and more with the new AIY kit.

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Edible Innovations: Meet the Foodies of Maker Faire Bengaluru

Simona Granda, from Future Food Institute, travelled to Maker Faire Bengaluru to meet the assortment of food makers in attendance.

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Build Your Own Zoo with a Colorful Assortment of 3D Printed Animals

Da-eun "Eunny" Jun, a maker from South Korea, uses 3D modeling and printing to create colorful flat animals and other models.

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Maker Spotlight: Celeste Flores

Meet Celeste Flores, an entrepreneurial blacksmith who trained out of The Crucible makerspace after attending a fine arts school.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

April Wilkerson’s Workshop Gift Guide

A popular YouTube maker shares her suggestions for thoughtful shop gifts.

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Maker Faire Rome Welcomes Young Makers with Massive Kids Area

Maker Faire Rome, happening this weekend December 1–3, is gearing up to be a special show for kids of all ages.

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Manly Leg Lamp Puts a Twist on the Classic Christmas Story Light

This piece of art is a great take on the film's gaudy original, although I don't know that it'd be any less embarrassing for the rest of the family.

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Two Teens Restore a 1974 Super Beetle

Claire Nelson and her brother decided that they would buy and restore a 1974 Super Beetle all by themselves.

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Mad Science and Sterling Engines at the DTLA Mini Maker Faire

Witness a collection of art, virtual reality, electronics, robotics projects at DTLA Mini Maker Faire, a free Faire held in downtown LA.

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This Lego R/C Creation Is Just Plane Cool

Adam Woodworth's R/C creations bring whimsical aircraft and spacecraft to life as actual flying toys. His latest creation is a Lego airplane.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Turning a Broken Terracotta Pot Shard into a Lovely Flower Pendant

Bobby Duke transforms a hunk of broken flower pot into a unique piece of pendant jewelry.

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Can You Adopt PlasmaBot?

If you like glowing, 7-foot tall glass robots, creator Wayne Strattman is looking for a new location to let his creation live.

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Finding Creativity In Constraint: Our Saudi Arabia Maker Camp Experience

A diverse staff of creators spent an amazing month in Saudi Arabia teaching a making/tinkering program to teenagers.

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Open World: Vigyan Ashram Is Fostering a Growing Maker Movement in India

Vigyan Ashram was the first Fab Lab outside MIT. They’ve long been a pillar of sustainable innovation and a hidden gem of the Maker Movement.

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Edible Innovations: ViRiDi Is Like Blue Apron for Gardening

Start your own indoor urban garden with ViRiDi, and discover the joys of watching plants grow. Your garden will be sustainable too!

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Alex, the French Cooking Guy, Feeds His Ramen Noodle Jones

How to make your own Chinese ramen wheat noodles and broth.

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Building Bots to Grind in Star Wars Battlefront 2

When games insist you do mindless tasks, assign them to a robot!

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Maker Pro News: Reviving Local Manufacturing, Mourning TechShop, and More

There’s talk, from local town meetings to the highest national policy circles, of how to revive the domestic manufacturing economy

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

This Week in Making: Holiday Gift Guide, DIY Tesla Coil, and One Big Crossbow

This week, check out our Make: Holiday Gift Guide, build a tiny Tesla Coil, or witness the power of one massive crossbow.

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Weekend Watch: Blitz City DIY

A YouTube maker shares her explorations of electronics, coding and hacking, and nerd life in general.

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Catch ‘Em If You Can: Make Books Lightning Deals This Weekend

Lightning DealsSeveral incredible maker related books will be on massive discount November 25-26, as part of Amazon's Lightning Deals initiative.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

How to Make Hexaflexagons with Vi Hart

The definitive guide to folding these fun, six-sided, foldable geometric model.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Craft This Turkey to Celebrate Gratitude on Thanksgiving

turkeyThis arts & crafts project showcases everything you're grateful for on the feathers of a cute turkey.

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Here’s Where to Look for Black Friday Deals on Tools

Looking to buy some new tools for the holidays this year? This will help.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Maker Faire Galicia Shines a Light on Community and Industry 4.0

A small sampling of the wonders that will be on display at Maker Faire Galicia this weekend.

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Understanding How a Watch Works

A mid-20th century industrial film explains how a watch works.

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It's Almost Time For Hour of Code



Hour of Code is coming December 4th-11 so be sure to take part in their online activities and let your local schools know how easy it is to join up. In addition this year I will be hosting a littleBits & Lego WeDo workshops after school for drop in activities.  One of my favorite robots, Dash will probably make an appearance as well (shhhh don't tell Cozmo).

littleBits has been doing a great job putting educators and technology business reps together for webinars so be sure to become a part of their email list. I recently attended:

How to Host An Epic Hour of Code

They are also adding lots of content to their library community blog like this post from one of their Global Chapters including Educators Guide with lesson plans to help kick start your littleBits programming.  One thing I took away from the webinar that I didn't know was Scratch is also making lesson plans to guide educators in using their products and hosting meetup groups for in person collaboration all over the US. It makes sense!




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“Death Star Dad” Returns With A Massive Millennium Falcon On His House

Behold this 28-foot Millennium Falcon that hovers over the roof of a neighborhood home. It's impressive...most impressive.

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Detect Lightning with a Simple Circuit

Lightning throws off all kinds of interference, and some of them are actually very easy to detect with just a circuit.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

E-Paper Hacking with Ben Krasnow

Exploring the latest generation of e-paper, how it works, and how you can program and hack the display.

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Capture Moving Timelapse Video with this Motion Control Camera Slider

The best way to take your timelapse videos to the next level is to have the camera move while it's capturing the video. It's tricky but can be done.

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Fat Brain Toys Announces Kidventor Winner

Check out Alexander, the winner of Fat Brain Toys's KidVentor contest. He created Aeropong, a ping-pong and tetherball hybrid.

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Edible Innovations: Transforming Food Waste into Fashion

These two entrepreneurs designed Orange Fiber, a textile that is made from orange peels that would otherwise be thrown into the trash.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Finding and Processing Fatwood

Get your campfires started quicker and more easily using fatwood.

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If Your Local TechShop Closed, Here Are Some Resources For You

Find local groups, spaces, and programs

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New Report Heralds Makers as a Powerhouse for Local Economies

The maker community could be a key force in developing strong local economies during fraught financial times, according to a new report.

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Maker Pro News: Multi-Tasking Robots, Making that Matters, the Amazon Apparatus, and More

Last week saw some cool multi-tasking robots, creators who were making a difference, and startups struggling against Amazon.

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Open World: Bangalore’s Maker Scene

The Maker Scene could address the disparity between the need for affordable innovation and the drive for high tech development.

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This Week in Making: Parkour Robot, Video Game Papercraft, and Adam Savage Maker Box

This week, watch a robot do parkour, craft video game characters out of paper, or buy a box filled with tools handpicked by Adam Savage.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Maker Faire Shenzhen 2017 — It’s a Wrap!

It had been two years since my last Maker Faire Shenzhen, and I was thrilled to see the number of hands-on activities, female makers and their projects and families attending the event. 

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My Apology to Naomi Wu and the Make Community

We've heard from the community, and we're moving forward with an action plan.

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10 Projects from 10 Different Countries at Maker Faire Rome

For three days in a row, this year being December 1 through 3, makers from all over the planet convene at one of the largest DIY festivals in the world.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Weekend Watch: Tech-Nic-Allie Speaking

A young inventor shows off her clever creations and the tools and techniques she is learning.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Tips of the Week: Workbench Saddle Bags, Safety Pin Slings, and the Value of a Portable Stick

Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales […]

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These Stones Come to Life with Clever Sculptural Effects

José Manuel Castro López accomplishes the seemingly impossible: sculpting stone to look like soft putty or liquid.

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Maker Spotlight: Aidan Leitch

Aidan Leitch has always enjoyed building things. He started with Legos, before making 3D video games, and finally settling on 3D printing.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

What’s Going To Happen To TechShop’s Equipment?

We're not sure, but there's a form to fill out to express your interest.

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Mourning the Loss of TechShop

The founder of another makerspace, Dr. Evan Malone of NextFab, weighs in on what the closure of TechShop means.

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Looking Under the Hood of a Spy “Implant”

Taking apart a hidden USB spy device to see how it works and what it does.

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We Built a Bluetooth-enabled Porch Light and We’re Giving It Away

Enter to win this beautiful porch light with Leviton connectivity. There are couple runner-up prizes for the contest as well.

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5 More Podcasts to Listen to While You Work

While one may never be at a loss for great podcasts, it's difficult to find great podcasts about making. Here are 5 of our favorites.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

India’s Maker Movement Honors the Sweet Spot Where Tradition and Technology Intersect

for the third year in a row, the community converges at Maker Faire Bengaluru, taking place this year on November 17 and 18 at the Bengaluru Palace.

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Build a RGB Matrix Electric Guitar

Use a 32x32 Adafruit RGB matrix to decorate your electric guitar with LEDs that respond to the music that you're playing.

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TechShop Closes Doors, Files Bankruptcy

This makerspace business model comes to an end

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Turn PVC into a High Impact Soldering Iron Case

Follow along with Jeremy Cook as he transforms a PVC pipe into a functional, and stylish, case for his soldering iron.

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Kickstarting A Statue To Honor The One and Only Space Cat

Not many people know of Félicette, and you could change that.

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The Forest Awakens with These Animal Stormtrooper Helmets

William Kang designed his own unique way of celebrating the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Building a Batman Electric Skateboard

Mad inventor, James Bruton, designs and prints a Batman Bat Tumbler skateboard.

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Arcade Games, Theme Park Rides, and Toothpick Sculptures at Rochester Mini Maker Faire

In Upstate New York, the Rochester Mini Maker Faire will be kicking off their fourth event this Saturday. Don't miss it!

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Edible Innovations: Minimizing Deforestation with Mapping Technologies

Leo Bottrill is the founder of Moabi, an organization that develops the technology to map and monitor resource-related infrastructure.

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Maker Pro News: Inside Adafruit, the Downfall of Doppler, and More

This week, get an inside look at the maker pros of Adafruit; and hardware founders are gloomy, but they shouldn't be!

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Quick Tip: Make Sewable LEDs With Creative Bending

By bending the leads of LEDs, you can make easily sewable lights that actually look kind of cool on their own.

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This Week in Making: Hackaday 2017 Grand Prize Winner and DIY Pinball Machine

This week, check out the Grand Prize winner of Hackaday 2017: an open source underwater drone that's both cheap and easy to make.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Building a Secret Backstage Wall Piano for a Concert Venue

A German tech artist creates an interactive wall piano to surprise, entertain, and inspire backstagers.

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Sunset on the Library as Incubator Project

Photo by: Commander John Bortniak, NOAA Corps. Public Domain image.

If you haven’t heard via social media already, the Library as Incubator Project team has bittersweet news to share: it is time to sunset the LAIP.

We’ve had an amazing time working with many contributors to keep this community relevant and meaningful, but the time has come to make space for new and different projects.

Over the course of our time curating the LAIP, we’ve witnessed a sea change in the ways libraries and librarians think about the fundamental exchange libraries represent: that of connecting people and information. 

The idea that freely accessible hands-on learning opportunities and in-person connections are as valuable to communities as access to books and other materials has become standard in our professional conversations. The idea that a programming calendar represents a legitimate library collection and that programming librarians are essentially collection development librarians curating an ephemeral, responsive, and highly collaborative collection, now represents library business as usual. 

We are grateful to have had a hand in bringing these ideas to the fore by sharing stories and thinking deeply about what information is, what it means to be an artist and to create new information, and what it means to be a librarian whose job is to get that information into people’s hands.

Special thanks and shoutout to all of our various LAIP team members over the years: Christina Jones (co-founder!), Katie Behrens, and Angela Terrab! Y’all are the best!


What will happen with the site / Book to Art Club / @IArtLibraries

The University Archives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have graciously offered to capture the site as it stands today. This will be archived in the UW’s ArchiveIt account. We also intend to keep the site accessible for the general public, although no new content will be added. WiLS is providing outstanding support for the LAIP by hosting the website. We are really pleased to be collaborating with them on this and appreciate their enthusiasm and support.

Ann Miller, Makerspace coordinator for Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, will continue her role as Book to Art Club coordinator. You can visit that project at http://ift.tt/2zDog4k.

As for our social media platforms, the @IArtLibraries accounts will remain online for a while as an archive, but we won’t be adding new content after November. Recently we’ve been tagging posts with #IArtLibraries; we invite you to share those posts and continue the discussion via #IArtLibraries

What we’re up to

As of this writing, Erinn is an adult services librarian at Northland Public Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is the library where she learned to read and where she had her first job as a shelver. She is also a writer, and is at work on a variety of projects including a poetry collection and a novel, and she crochets, paints, sews, and regularly teaches herself other creative stuff.

Erinn’s professional website is here: http://ift.tt/2hqoeCR; reach out to her via that contact page, or find her on Twitter at @erinnbatykefer

Laura is a Community Engagement Librarian for the Central Library at Madison Public Library in Madison, Wisconsin. She identifies and facilitates opportunities for creative engagement with library space, resources, and services. These include things like the Volunteer Toolbox, a cross-agency volunteer training series, and Library Takeover, an event-planning bootcamp for teams of community members who want to learn how to plan and host great large-scale events. On a personal note, she’s upping her running game and perfecting her read-aloud technique with her kiddo.

Please feel free to visit Laura’s professional website; there is a contact form on that page where you can send her a note. You can follow her on Twitter at @LauraDM08.

Holly is a youth services librarian at the Madison Public Library. She loves working with the youngest kiddos and their families, and baby storytime is her favorite. Holly is always working on ways to bring library services out of the building to reach more families. Follow Holly on Twitter at @hollystorckpost.

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Thank you again for your support and partnership over the last seven years. It’s been a pleasure working with you!



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Maker Trend in Rome: Affordable, Accessible Assistive Technologies

The age-old adage, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do," takes a brilliant humanitarian twist in the maker realm.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Ellen Ziegler

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in September 2016.

Ellen Ziegler’s extraordinary book art was what made us reach out, but her wonderful collaborative projects truly embody the library-as-incubator philosophy. Enjoy! ~Erinnscreen-shot-2016-09-10-at-9-48-58-pm

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.

Ellen Ziegler (EZ): I went to Antioch College; some of my professors there were students at Black Mountain College with John Cage, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, Robert Motherwell, and many other seminal avant-garde artists of the 20th century. Their experimental methods influenced me deeply. I am self-taught as a graphic designer, artist, and book artist as a result of the anarchic and fearless approaches that I was exposed to. I’ve been lucky to have had a successful design practice in Seattle, followed by a shift to art and book arts in 2000.

My work investigates the psychological and physical properties of materials through drawing. I work with pigments, tar paper, mirror silvering, burned paper, obsolete industrial tools, and light-sensitive surfaces, as well as the changing effects of light and shadow.


"The beautiful couple is beautiful." John Green, The Fault In Our Stars Silver mylar on tracing paper, ink on tulle netting, 30” x 48”, 2014

“The beautiful couple is beautiful.” John Green, The Fault In Our Stars Silver mylar on tracing paper, ink on tulle netting, 30” x 48”, 2014

LAIP: What are you working on right now that you’re excited about?

EZ: I’m leading a group of artists in participating in an international exhibit here in Seattle in October 2016. 9e2 is a reprise of Nine Evenings, the first event where artists and scientists/engineers collaborated in public. This event was held in 1966 in New York over a period of nine evenings and included the think tank Bell Laboratories and, among many others, Robert Rauschenberg, Lucinda Childs, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer.

Fifty years later, artists are collaborating with 21st century concepts of technology and science to present experimental work. This will lead to “documentation” of an experimental form in an artist’s book.

I’m also working on a book about an eccentric museum in Mexico City that features both antique toys and street art. Stay tuned!

LAIP: How do you see your work interacting with narrative or story?  What does working in books allow you to do that you can’t pull off with other media?

EZ: I have always loved the sequencing that takes place in books. In the folio form, the left-to-right procession that is so much a part of our Western culture takes me on a storytelling journey that can be altered and played with infinitely. It’s this starting point that inspires me, even though many of my books are not in that form. An example:

My first artist’s book, 

“El Torero y la Bailarina”, was the love story of a young ballerina (my mother) from New York’s Ballet Theatre, in residence at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. She fell in love with Cantinflas, Mexico’s most famous actor and comedian (and a bullfighter). The story is told with photos, telegrams, and anecdotes. The book is written in Spanish and English. The Spanish language pages overlay the English pages and are hand-typed on onionskin — letter writing paper of the period. They were typed by a Mexico City mecanografico, a typist-for-hire who writes letters and documents for clients in one of Mexico City’s main squares. Funded by Kickstarter!

Another example: The Book of Knowledge is a series of forty original paintings, sequenced and bound into a single volume. The book format allows me to tell this story in images without miles of walls.

pg24-25_bookofknowledge

LAIP: How have libraries informed your creative work? Tell us about the first library you remember playing a part in your artistic development.

EZ: My father’s best friend had a private library of limited edition books, illustrated with tipped-in lithographs and etchings. This began my love for printing, typography, printmaking, and books in general. I also tried to read every book in the elementary school library in alphabetical order.
I also tried to read every book in the elementary school library in alphabetical order.
LAIP: Can you describe a particular library-incubated project for us?
 
EZ: I’ve always loved alphabets and languages. Access to books with the alphabets of the world at the University of Washington library fostered a piece called “Counting in Tongues”: numbers from Southeast Asia inscribed on adding machine tape.
 
LAIP: As an artist, what would your ideal library be like?  What kinds of stuff would you be able to check out, and what could you do there?
 
EZ: Not a direct answer, but: I want to make a library. I was deeply inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence (both an actual museum and a novel) that he built in Istanbul. (Readers: look it up! amazing.) Just think of making a library not only of books that have deep personal meaning, but objects, book-like objects, collections to be “read”, ephemera…this is one of my dreams.
 
 
downloadEllen Ziegler sources the immaterial through the material. Her practice includes drawing, sculpture, assemblage, and artist’s books. She works with mirrored glass, tar paper, cyanotype, and draw with an electrode on a copper table. These arcane materials, with their sometimes unpredictable outcome, allow for accident and serendipity as well as ongoing refinement of technique: chemistry is the emotion of matter. Connect with Ellen on her website. 


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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Weekend Watch: Tales from the Tinkerage

A UK science teacher telling tinkering tales out of school.

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