2019 Projects

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BioJam is a pilot camp program that introduces teens to bioengineering and biomaterial design. Bioengineering Department, Stanford University, CA. August 13th-16th, 2019. https://biojamcamp.weebly.com/

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Art and Design Thinking Camp

A teen summer camp in East San Jose focused in making and exploring. Takara is teaching Week 5 (Design Your World) and Week 6 (Sustainability Design).


The Biodesign Challenge Summit

June 20th-21st, 2019, Parsons and MOMA, NYC. Takara led a teen team in this challenge: https://giybiobuddies.weebly.com/ Team won Outstanding Field Research and Runner-Up to Overall Winner. Takara won Outstanding Instructor. https://biodesignchallenge.org/summit-2019


Atlanta International School Da Vinci Fellowship

May 6th-8th, 2019, Atlanta, GA

Material Matters workshops with 3rd grade through 11th grade students, as well as evening community workshops. Event photos

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Building with Bio Materials/Mycelium Light Up Broaches and Mini Table Lights

February 5th, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm, Sunnyvale Library, Sunnyvale, CA

A Make-Her Workshop (for girls 9-12 and their moms): Come explore a bit of circuitry and delve into the world of bio materials! Design a light up broach or a mini standing light using the bio material of mycelium, the root-like structures of a fungus. We will be using a tea mushroom's mycelium that that has been grown in 3D printed molds and then baked to make inert. While exploring this bio material, we will discuss a few other grown materials that will also be important in the future of sustainability design. Registration

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What Does Tech Have to Do With It? San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

February 10th, 2019, 11 am -3 pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

This project invites the public to explore sewing circuits in a playful free workshop that results in light-up felt bracelets that participants take home. This blended art and technology project will use laser cut felt, LED lights, 3V coin cell batteries, conductive thread and metal snaps that act as the on/off switch. As people sit in communion over the slow activity of hand sewing, they will have the opportunity to chat and share their own stories of their experience with hand sewing in their families. More information here: https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/events/ and link to instruction sheet.

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Day of Remembrance: Radio Discussion & Community Art Project

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Japanese American Museum of SJ
535 N. 5th Street, San Jose , CA

This year’s JAMsj Day of Remembrance event will include a hands-on activity inviting participants to create paper illuminated lanterns that cast delicate patterned shadows. These shadows reflect cultural patterns (a Mexican papel picado flower and a Arabic motif), as well as abstracted patterns of barbed wire and chain link fences. Just as the light breaks outside the boundaries of the lantern cage, so does our hope and our drive to seek inclusion for everyone within our American tapestry. This #DontExcludeUs activity will result in small lanterns participants can take with them on the evening Day of Remembrance march in Japantown. Dangling from these lanterns will be replicas of Japanese exclusion processing tags. One side of the tag will be mirrored, reflecting back the viewer as we highlight the continued relevance of this important moment in history.  A large lantern installation will also be included as part of the project. This project is designed by artist Corinne Okada Takara and is made possible by a Knight Foundation Grant and support from De Anza College. More info here: https://www.jamsj.org/upcoming-events/

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3D printed wings with skin of bacterial cellulose. Designed by student in Biodesign Challenge team.

3D printed wings with skin of bacterial cellulose. Designed by student in Biodesign Challenge team.

Nest Makerspace Bio Design Challenge Team

https://nestmakerspace.weebly.com/ Bio Design and Environmental Literacy focused workshops in the Nest, a garage makerspace. Explorations include designing structures with fungus, bacterial cellulose, silkworms and explorations into bioplastics. Takara is leading a teen girl team in the 2018-2019 Biodesign Challenge. More info here on the Nest Makerspace team: https://nestmakerspace.weebly.com/bio-challenge-team.html

Select 2018 Projects

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Layers of SJ

Project conducted at Viva CalleSJ, Japantown Halloween and a November date TBD in San Jose. Layers of SJ explores San Jose's identity through photos and collages of artifacts from San Jose's past and present. Using photo stickers, the public is invited to create collages and stories about San Jose.  https://layersofsj.weebly.com/ Takara is conducting this project as a San Jose Creative License Ambassador. Creative License Ambassadors is a program of the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs. Through this program local creative professionals serve as “ambassadors,” championing the power of creative expression in everyday life by inspiring creativity through public hands-on artistic projects.


The Ocean is Calling

This four consecutive Friday nights shadow puppet event is an AYA arts public activation programming. Lead artist is Michele Guieu. Artist Lauren Cage and I are Supporting Artists. My focus was on articulated and wearable shadow puppets. More information here. Process and event images here.


47th NAAEE Annual Conference

North American Association of Environmental Education Conference, Spokane, Washington, October 10th, 2018. Takara will be presenting " Designing with Fungus/ Conversations on Bio Materials and Conservation" in a Bright Spot session. 


Takara is a guest instructor teaching four hours of Design Thinking in Day 1 of this program on August 6th, 2018. Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, Los Altos, CA. This program is open to residents of California who are women, especially women of color, women who have served in the military, and women with special needs (i.e., learning or physical disabilities). 


Sustainability Prototyping, KCI Summer Tech Camps for Kids

7/23/18- 7/27/18. Take a design thinking journey into the oceans, with artist and educator, Corinne Takara. Engage in CAD focused design challenges related to the Ocean Plastic Community Project while you learn about sustainable prototyping. Campers will learn about plastic, recycling, and 3D design/printing. 3D print real or imagined sea life, fish, marine plants, coral reefs. Campers will explore the beauty of our oceans, how we are treating them, and how we can make them healthier. Campers will prototype with cardboard and other recycled materials using the laser cutter & vinyl cutter, vector tools (Illustrator and Inkscape.) The will  3D print with PLA and exotic materials including Algix algae filament. Register Now

Select Past 2018 Projects


Uchiwa Light-Up Fan Project

Japantown Immersive, May 12th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Japantown, San Jose, CA. The Uchiwa Light-Up Fan project is made possible through a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant and fiscal sponsorship by the Alum Rock Educational Foundation. The Uchiwa Light-Up Fan Project websites is here: https://lightupfans.weebly.com/


A Taste of Science Art Workshop

April 27th, 7:00-9:30 pm, Gallery House, 320 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA. Explore fungus as a design material! On display will be a mycelium standing light and other creations made from fungi. These mycelium art pieces reuse agricultural waste and are compostable, making them a sustainable building material of the future. What things do you imagine could be grown from living materials instead of built? Houses? Packing material? Furniture? Come get inspired. (workshop photos)

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LX Conference

Workshop and presentation at the LX Conference San Francisco, CA, March 19th and 20th, 2018.

Select 2017 Projects

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Building a Shared Urban Future: From Creative Democracy to Participatory Planning

Speaker of presentation: Shared Urban Spaces, Prototyping Public Spaces. Stanford Humanities Center,  Levinthal Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. November 13th, 2017. Sponsored by the Program on Urban Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center.




Teen 3D Printing Knot Workshop

An Unraveling the Knot workshop focused on sculptural knots explored through 3D printing and CAD design using BeetleBlocks. This teen workshop was conducted at Dr. Roberto Cruz Library, San Jose, CA. October 23rd, 2017. 2:30-4:30pm. This workshop is part of a series of youth workshops exploring and reinterpreting cultural knots through a range of media. Photos from this workshop are here.


Mycelium Chandelier Grow Project

A bio-art project exploring fungus as a design medium. It resulted in a fungus light sculpture & in a public workshop.  It was made possible by a 2017 Creative Impact Fund Audience Engagement Project Grant from SVCreates. The public workshop were 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. Chandelier completed in October, 2017.



Unraveling the Knot

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 collaborated 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/


Rooted Bricks

A 3D print sculptural series imagining subterranean natural structures under the LEGO board.  2016-2018. Project is a work in progress.

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.


Brittle Beauty Series

3D printing sculptural explorations of drought impact in Northern California. Left: Memories of a Thistle. This collection is a work in progress.