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Rooted Bricks

A 3D print sculptural series imagining subterranean natural structures under the LEGO board.  2016. (Additional Images)

Exhibited at Works/San Jose Benefit Auction 2016, Works, San Jose CA.  December 2nd-December 10th, 2016.

 

Paper Plate Pachinko

Maker-HER workshop. March 7th, 2017.  This playful musical maze maker projecct uses a conductive marble to complete simple circuity connections on stacked paper plates that are hooked up to a Makey Makey device. The project highlights the importance of iterative design and problem solving.

Instructable lesson

 
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Design Thinking Boot Camp

April 4-6, 2017. Tech Museum, San Jose, CA. A K-12 teacher professional development workshop series in collaboration with the Tech Museum and the Krause Center for Innovation. This is the fourth year I will be leading this workshop series, and this year's focus will be on science and biology.https://www.thetech.org/educators/workshops-events

 

Paseo Prototyping Festival

Game On! Pop-up Makerspace. noon to 10pm, April 8th, 2017. Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA. This workshop is a collaboration with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation.

http://gameondesign.weebly.com/

 

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.

Project website: http://unravelingtheknot.weebly.com/

 

Art & Design Thinking Summer Camp

A six week adventure in making and imagining for middle school students in Alum Rock, San Jose, CA. Website to be updated soon: 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.

 

Tilting Through Space/Simulating Holograms

Prototyping holograms.  CAD designs created in Tinkercad, Sculptris and 123D Design are screen captured and edited in Photoshop to create short animations.  When these animations are played on an iPad, the images are projected upward onto faceted plastic sheets to create a holographic effect.