Upcoming 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. 

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https://nestmakerspace.weebly.com/ Bio Design and Environmental Literacy focused workshops in the Nest, a garage makerspace. Explorations will include designing structures with fungus, bacteria, silkworms and explorations into bioplastics. Takara will be leading a teen girl team in the 2018-2019 Biodesign Challenge.


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). 

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A teen summer camp in East San Jose focused in making and exploring. I will be teaching Week 6, the Design Your World camp week (July 30th to August 4th).


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.