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Simplify to Complexify (Weaving, Part One)
MakeShop
October 26, 2016
By
Colin Williams
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 parallel lines, pass another flexible material across it, alternating over and under,…
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Buhl One Northside, 2016
MakeShop
August 16, 2016
By
Colin Williams
This may sound obvious, but, if you want to sew, build, solder, weave, or even tie your shoes, it helps to understand the materials with which you’re working. The outreaches and field trips we conducted over the past year as part of the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside grant dealt with this very thing. Through building and sketching, students at local schools built invaluable knowledge and also learned a thing or two about structural integrity. Essentially, materials exploration is about the why…
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Joining the Family
MakeShop
January 30, 2016
By
Colin Williams
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 for about three and a half months, but I’ve been woodworking in a casual way for…
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Putting the “artist” in Teaching Artist
MakeShop
November 21, 2015
By
Kevin
  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 some other robot-art pieces he’s created with young people:   We’re trying
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