On the heels of Twisted Toys, an event in which 22 hand-picked creative individuals repurposed identical toys, we offered another toy take-apart workshop for the general public. We collected soft, hard, battery-operated, mechanical, musical toys from donations and thrift stores, selected tools for cutting, screwing, sewing, glueing, and opened the doors of the Tinkering Studio to the public.
Some visitors decided to re-imagine toys by swapping parts, shrinking heads, or turning them inside out; others became interested in the mechanical and electronic aspects of their operations, and rewired LEDs, bent mechanical motions into novel purposes, or swapped voice boxes between toys. We also took this opportunity to share with visitors a fundamental but often overlooked skill: sewing. Kids and adults alike learned how to hand sew, and how to operate a sewing machine.
The slideshow offers some images from the event.