Upcoming 2018 Projects

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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. 

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Design Thinking Boot Camp for K-12 Educators

Bowers Institute, Tech Museum of Innovation, April 3rd-4th, 2018. A three day workshop series exploring ways to bring design thinking and environmental literacy into the K-12 classrooms through a range of  projects focused on sustainability design.

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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. 

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LX Conference

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

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.


FabLearn Conference

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)


After School 3D Printing Workshops for Girls

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


Japanese Handicraft Festival

October 8th, 2017, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA. Unraveling the Knot/Exploring Japanese Knot Tying


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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.


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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, 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 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.


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.