Upcoming 2018 Projects
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 table lamp 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.
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/
Past 2018 Projects
Solar Water Heater Prototyping Workshops
Takara will be leading these STEM workshops for sixth graders at Kennedy Middle School, Cupertino, CA. Late January through early February, 2018. This project is a hands-on, iterative design engineering exploration based on a NASA JPL Education workshop. Laser cut assembly parts will be used in conjunction with recycled materials, 1/4 clear tubing and digital thermometers.
Bio Design and Environmental Literacy focused workshops in the Nest, Takara's garage makerspace. 2018. Explorations will include designing structures with fungus and collaborative design with silkworms.
Design a Sea Creature, Real or Imagined, Sunnyvale Library Make-HER program, March 6th, 6:30-8:30pm, 2018. Come explore Tinkercad. Sketch and then design your creature as we explore 3D printing design tools and ocean plastics issues. Our journey will be tied to the Ocean Plastic Project.
Select 2017 Projects
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.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA. October 21st and 22nd. Takara presented: Assessing Learning in a Maker Space Environment (an Educator Panel) and Unraveling the Knot, Making to Explore Culture (an Ignite presentation)
Makerspace booth in collaboration with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation, Japantown, San Jose. Project: teaching Japanese and Celtic knots which participants attached to their bikes or wore. September 17th, 2017.
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.
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/
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. http://artanddesigncamp.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.