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07
Mar/16

Love tools? Let's talk.....

We're hosting a hangout dedicated to the topic of tools.  

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01
Mar/14

Autonomous Art Makers

We've been obsessed with mark making devices, like scribbling machines for a while now -- but imagine our surprise and delight when we saw the autonomous machines artist Echo Yang used to create stunning motion studies. The prints themselves are not to be missed. I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite since they're all so lovely and unique to the machine that created them.

20
Jan/12

Open Make Toys: Behind the Scenes

Getting ready for a big event isn't all about making spinning tops and painting tights on tiny potatoes. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at some of the less glamorous moments in our preparations for open:MAKE Toys.

19
Jan/12

Open MAKE workshop: Accessorize with Toys

If you come to our Open MAKE: Toys event this Saturday, you'll get the chance to participate in an awesome workshop called Accessorize with Toys.

13
Jan/12

A Few of Our Favorite Tops (part 1)

In the tinkering studio's month long exploration of toys, we're highlighting all types of spinning tops. And of course, our favorites are the do-it-yourself variety. Tops are incredibly easy to make with common household objects like yogurt cups, metal lids, found gears, golf pencils and many other everyday materials. We've currently been experimenting with making tops using thin cardboard (mostly from food boxes), skewer sticks for stems, and metal washers to add weight. We also bring out hot glue and masking tape to hold everything together.

12
Jan/12

Wire Automata Toys

This month, we are exploring toys for the first month of our open:MAKE series. One of our favorite types of homemade toys are moving sculptures called automata.

30
Dec/11

Making tops, the video

We've been making tops with Explainers, and with visitors on the floor. They are such simple devices, yet mesmerizing to watch, compelling to spin, and complex to make. What's not to love?

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