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  • Bananas of the World Unite

    The Banana sticker give away has now been declared officially over. Participation was fruitful, and prizes have been shipped smoothie. Congrapeulations to the prize winners! Sophie, queen of vegetable puns, was quick off the mark with her enthusiasm: Natalie points out the truth of the matter. But my all time favorite has to go to…

  • Book Club of California

    This week I had the pleasure to present some of my books at a public talk for the Book Club of California. The club, which has been in San Francisco for about 100 years, is on the 5th floor of a commercial building a stone’s throw away from Chinatown. Walking into the space is kind…

  • e-luminated books part 2

    This weekend we ran part 2 of the e-luminated books workshop at San Francisco Center for the book. This part was focused on interactivity -embedding sensors and switches into books, as wells as designing programs for the Attiny85. It was a lot of fun and will be happening again in June! If you haven’t taken…

  • Circus-y disco e-luminated book

    Quite a long title for a tiny weeny book. This one was rather wonderful to make, and was programmed using a simple Arduino blinky pattern and the teeny-weeny-ATtiny. (so teeeeeeny) Here is the process: All the layers putting the pages together The lighting The control -including wonderful paper battery holder curtsy of Natalie Freed and…

  • San Francisco Center for the Book

    We held our second e-luminated book workshop at the SFCB this weekend. It was a really lovely and creative group -they experimented with light and switches and made some really beautiful tunnel books in a very short time. We’ll be teaching the same class again in the new year, and will also be teaching a…

  • What’s in the box?

    Oh, you know, folk climbing mountains and holding up a rainbows in a storm of electrostatic discharge. Same old.* *hand made clamshell box with paper cuts, LED lighting, and animated circuitry.

  • Nexmap book hack

    I recently had the absolute pleasure of taking part in a daylong book-hack (a boohackathon?). It was hosted by Nexmap, a San Francisco based arts-tech company who are currently developing a series of hackable journals for schools. I spent the day discussing and making books with an group of creatives, including friend and collaborator Natalie…

  • Coyote Peep Show

    Oh look. I made a peep show. It is a coyote peep show where shadows of wolves howl at shadows of wolves with boobs. peep through the eye of the eye hooooooooooooooo wwwwwwwwwwww lllllllllllllllllllllllllll This is another prototype for my final project for the bookbinding class I am taking. And I am terribly excited, because…

  • Shadowy tunnel(ish)

    After tinkering with *f l a t* images I realize I am actually barking up the wrong tree, or at least, the wrong side of the tree. My aim is to create a hand-held animated shadow puppet theatre, and this needs to have depth as well as interaction. So, here is my next iteration in…

  • Shadowy pages

    I’m still barking up the shadowy-animated-book tree. Here are some recent experiments, which I am developing when I get the chance. The idea is to create a handheld animated shadow puppet theatre. I’d been experimenting with pop-up mechanisms, and recently tried this animation technique. Below is an animated gif of the page in action.¬†Sorry about…

  • Craft Connects Book

    Here is the final version of the Craft Connects book! Play the video link to see it in action. I am especially happy with how the knitted triangles came together. The cover looks fantastic, and when you link the letters C R A F T to the knitted triangle labelled “connect”, you trigger sound-bytes from…

  • Knitted book cover

    To make the knitted book cover I had the the help of the Farnborough knit and natter group, and the Nepalese craft group. Both groups worked together to make loads of triangles, which I then stitched together. English and Nepalese casting on techniques are quite different, and the two groups learned from each other. I…

  • Stitching Circuits

    Another tricky part of the process was connecting to the pins -i.e. making a breakout board for conductive thread. After a skype “consultation” with Seb and Hannah, who both work on a really exciting glove project and are experts in e-textiles, I decided to solder wires to the live pins, and then padded them with…

  • Book binding with circuits

    Binding the book was no easy task. Originally, I had planned to bind using coptic technique which I had learned from one of the studio technicians when studying at Leeds College of Art. This would have worked by binding the book as usual, whilst also working the circuits into the back of each page with…

  • Hacking Speakers

    For the speakers in the Farnborough community book, I used some travel speakers -they are cheaper, but much better quality than the speakers you can buy for projects like this. the only draw back is you need to hack them apart. If you try this make sure you buy speakers with screws! I bought some…

  • Putting the MP3 together

    I am *incredibly* excited about adding a mini MP3 trigger to the community book I am making. What this means is that whilst making the artwork for the pages of book, we can also record short sound bites and then play them back in the book through some mini speakers. The trigger has 18 tracks,…

  • Craft Connects

    I am working on the Craft Connects residency in a library in Hampshire. The residency is all about connecting communities through craft, and I have been based at Farnborough Library (a colourful, bustling, learning space). I am making a giant pop-up book with different community groups. The book will be larger than life, have a…

  • Under the sea

    Last year I started playing around with paper circuits and well, I’ve started again. Yippee. I made this very simple pop-up-light to start with (making some of the rather marvellous folding techniques I have been practicing of late). I love the way the light throws the paper folds into it’s own world, it reminds me…

  • Pop-up-delux-extravaganza-eat-your-heart-out.

    Shortly, these little beauts, along with about 20 more, will be stitched into a pop-up-reference book (categorised into 4 types of folds: counter, parallel, V, and shape). I’ll use them to make more wonderful pop-up-mini-theatre-in-your-hands books. If you have seen any of my usual messy-wonky-splodgy-could-have been-made-by-a-five-year-old style of work, you will understand that being so…

  • *Foundation folds in wolves and woods

    I’ve been making some pop-up prototypes. Pop-up engineering has the perfect clever-brain to maker-brain ratio (CB:MB), and it’s illustrating stories with paper, which adds a whole other dimension into the big-amazing-paper-pop-up-pot. Thus far I have LOVED the process. Here are some images from a book I made called “Pop-up Papper (oops!) Mechanics *Foundation folds in…