Archive for April 23rd, 2014

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TINKI’m a tinkerer. There, I said it. I love taking things apart and putting them back together in funky new ways. Sometimes my handiwork results in a wonderful work of art, and other times it just occupies me for a few hours of stress relief. Either way, I am part of a long tradition of tinkering, a tradition celebrated in the wonderful book, The Art of Tinkering (meet 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science & technology) by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich.

About The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich: “This is not your average art book. Brought to you by the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work–and learn a few lessons in tinkering yourself. The Art of Tinkering is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing, working with readily available materials, getting their hands dirty, collaborating with others, problem-solving in the most fun sense of the word, and, yes, oftentimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck.”

The Art of Tinkering shares the work of many creative people whose art is the result of trial and error and just being inspired by just doing something. The “art” that is created by tinkering and the tinkerers highlighted in this book may not always be universally accepted as aesthetically pleasing, but is most definitely always creatively inspired.

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.


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