All posts by Alyssa Pierce

Ann Arbor Fashion Hacking Workshop

34810235590_a21b22df74_zThis Thursday we held a workshop on Fashion Hacking, using used clothes to create new and useful things!

34810237130_2b2f46e856_z

We began by talking about the environmental, social, and financial benefits to fashion hacking, and then moved right into hands-on hacking! 35196937845_1bdfbbabe4_z

For this workshop, we focused on thinking about the anatomy of clothing – the different fabric pieces that make up clothes, and how those pieces can be adjusted and rearrange to create new items. People ended up making bags, shirts, skirts, backpacks, and even wigs!

 

35196938065_bf55457379_z

Thanks to everyone who came out, and if you are interested in our slideshow, handouts, or further fashion hacking resources, they can be found here. If you are interested in attending any of our future events, including more fashion hacking later this summer, those events can be found here.
34352213084_6f05179efd_z

 

Houghton Lake After-school Program

34790393270_98dc2c6063_zThis week we went up to Houghton Lake for an afternoon of library making with their middle schoolers!35137090046_95fdc2c479_z

We brought up a sewing machine and a button maker for the kids to try out.35143337366_0a3bc82bb3_z

They got to make small suede wallets and learn how to use the sewing machine, some of them putting their own creative twist on the wallet!34367747223_83ebb15945_z

Over at the button making station, the kids had to option of cutting out pictures from magazines to make buttons, or drawing their own pictures for the buttons!35137090996_246a2a39f5_z

Thanks to everyone who turned out for this program, and thanks to the Houghton Lake Public Library for having us! We had lots of fun and it was so great to see what the kids came up with!

Puppetry Workshop in Ann Arbor

 

IMG_0096We had the pleasure this week of running a puppet making workshop right here in Ann Arbor! We focused on the Bunraku style of puppetry, which originated in Japan and is known for its naturalistic movements. The slides and resources for this workshop, including the instructions for puppet making, can be found here.

IMG_0092

We started out making tabletop puppets, to get used to the process and to experiment with Bunraku-style movement – focusing on the breath, focus, and weight of the puppet.

 

IMG_0106

These puppets were made from printer paper and invisible tape, with optional paper clips to help control the arms.

 

IMG_0123

After that, we moved on to making near-life size puppets, this time using newsprint paper and masking tape.

IMG_0126

Our participants made quick work of the large puppets and soon enough we were acting out skits with the Bunraku style of puppetry, which requires three people to control one puppet. From business men on the moon to nurses in a 1920s speakeasy, the puppets began to come to life!

IMG_0139

Now these puppets can take a well-deserved break after their morning of hard work. Thanks for everybody who came out, we had blast working with you all! Again, the resources can be found here and if you are interested in attending our other workshops this summer, they can be found here.

Frankenmuth Maker Idea Swap and Gathering Financial Support

34372733772_cbc6d50fc6_o

On May 8th, we had the pleasure of going to the Frankenmuth Wickson District Library to do a Maker Idea Swap. It was so great to hear about the great programs people are running in their libraries, and learn from their experiences! We accompanied the discussion with a Toy Takeapart activity, so with busy hands and active minds we got to work!

34492232046_cab0173e52_o

Our notes from the event can be found here. Thanks to all of the librarians and educators who came out to participate in a fantastic discussion!  33690775884_8b38a6be73_oThen, we spend the afternoon discussing ways to gather financial support for activities or programs that our participants would like to implement in their libraries! The materials for that session can be found here.
34403456661_f9d8263e9a_o

If you are interested in our other events this summer, you can register here!