A 3D print sculptural series imagining subterranean natural structures under the LEGO board. 2016-2017
Exhibited at Works/San Jose Benefit Auction 2016, Works, San Jose CA. December 2nd-December 10th, 2016. 2018 Solo show in the works. More information coming soon.
Paper Plate Pachinko
Maker-HER workshop, Sunnyvale Library. March 7th, 2017. This playful musical maze maker project uses a conductive marble to complete simple circuity connections on stacked paper plates that are hooked up to a Makey Makey device. The project highlights the importance of iterative design and problem solving.
A series of four community workshops aboard the San Jose Library mobile makerspace: paper microscope workshops andpaper plate pachinko workshops. March 2017.
Design Thinking Boot Camp
April 4-6, 2017. Tech Museum, San Jose, CA. A K-12 teacher professional development workshop series in collaboration with the Tech Museum and the Krause Center for Innovation. This is the fourth year I will be leading this workshop series, and this year's focus will be on science and biology.https://www.thetech.org/educators/workshops-events
A bio-art project exploring fungus as a design medium. It will result in a fungus light sculpture & in a public workshop. It is made possible by a 2017 Creative Impact Fund Audience Engagement Project Grant from SVCreates. The public workshop will be conducted at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on June 2nd, 2017. Collaborating organizations are the Tech Museum BioDesign Studio and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
Duke University, May 5th-7th, 2017.
Workshop: CAD Design and 3D printing as Community and Culture Building Tools
PechaKucha presentation: Elevating the Process Over the Print/Guiding K-12 Students in 3D Printing Challenges.
A 2017 San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant Project . This is an exploration of cultural knotting traditions in a range of mediums. Workshops will be conducted in San Jose, California and in Dublin, Ireland.
The collaborative exploration of knot art traditions can be a creative way to build connections among communities and to explore the common threads that bind us. By re-interpreting Celtic Knots forms through the lens of modern technology tools and traditional Japanese knot cording, Unraveling the Knot seeks to explore the bonds, and colliding and merging stories that we form as cultures connect.
Takara is collaborating with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation and the Chester Beatty Library to bring this project to life in Summer 2017.
Project website: http://unravelingtheknot.weebly.com/
Brittle Beauty Series
3D printing sculptural explorations of drought impact in Northern California. 2016. Left: Memories of a Thistle. This collection is a work in progress.
Tilting Through Space/Simulating Holograms
Prototyping holograms. CAD designs created in Tinkercad, Sculptris and 123D Design are screen captured and edited in Photoshop to create short animations. When these animations are played on an iPad, the images are projected upward onto faceted plastic sheets to create a holographic effect.