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

Takara will be a speaker. Stanford Humanities Center,  Levinthal Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. November 13th, 2017. Sponsored by the Program on Urban Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center.




An Unraveling the Knot 3D printing teen workshop, Dr. Roberto Cruz Library, San Jose, CA. October 23rd, 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 here.


FabLearn Conference

Stanford University, Stanford, CA. October 21st and 22nd. Takara will be presenting:  Assessing Learning in a Maker Space Environment (an Educator Panel) and Unraveling the Knot, Making to Explore Culture (an Ignite presentation)


After School 3D Printing Workshops for Girls

Columbia Middle School, Sunnyvale, CA. A Sunnyvale Library Make-HER STEM grant program. October through November, 2017.


Unraveling the Knot/Exploring Japanese Knot Tying

Japanese Handicraft Festival, October 8th, 2017, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA.


 Viva CalleSJ

Takara will have a booth in Japantown San Jose teaching Japanese and Celtic knots that participants can attach to their bikes or wear. September 17th, 10am-3pm.


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San Jose Mini Maker Faire

Light up Masks, a booth in collaboration with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation.

San Jose History Park, September 3rd, 10am-3pm, 2017.

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Make-Her Workshop

Paper Microscopes, Sunnyvale Library, September 5th, 6:30-8:30pm, 2017.


Mycelium Chandelier Grow Project

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. Chandelier will be completed in late September, 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 is collaborating with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation and the Chester Beatty Library to bring this project to life in Summer 2017.

Japantown, San Jose workshop at Viva CalleSJ, September 17th, 2017.

Project website:


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.


Art & Design Thinking Summer Camp

A six week adventure in making and imagining for middle school students in Alum Rock, San Jose, CA. Takara will be teaching week 6 of the summer camp. Takara envisioned this camp and brought it to life five years ago with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation.


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.