Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich of the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio have produced the most beautiful book on Makers and their work that I have ever seen. The Art of Tinkering is filled with stunning pictures, intriguing maker profiles, and well-written how-to instructions for a wide array of Maker projects. Turning through the pages of this book feels like looking through a Maker yearbook. If you are at all interested in the Maker Movement, design, art, or education, this book is one you must get!
I feel incredibly fortunate that, as part of the launch, they invited me to "hack" a copy of the book. I decided to do this as a mother/daughters project, so my five year old daughter, Sage, and three year old daughter, Grace, helped. I proposed making a "child" sized copy of the book (complete with conductive ink on the cover) and having it snap together with a "mother" book. Since she was working on making a Pippi Longstocking costume for Halloween, Sage proposed that she create bright red braids for both books. She and her sister had fun decorating the books and creating pages (pop ups!) for the mini-book. Both books use the conductive ink on the cover to allow their LED "hearts" to glow.
My favorite "hacked book," is the delightfully devoured one created by Moxie. Ever since seeing this video, and then seeing her work at the Exploratorium, I have been dreaming of a way for us to work together! (Note to curators: Looking for a playful engineer and an amazing felt artist to do an installation piece? Moxie and I would love to chat with you! Email me!) Here's her amazing hacked book: