Monthly Archives: March 2014

“Colour me” and Discovery @ L’Observatoire

It is always interesting to check out tinkerspaces of our makers.

On Wednesday, part of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire team made a trip to “L’Observatorie in Singapore”, an art and science space set up by Isabelle Desjeux for learning and sharing.

Isabelle is not new to the team as she took part in the first Singapore Mini Maker Faire two years ago and conducted a portable handphone microscope workshop. Her tinkerspace is tucked in a quaint corner at Turf Club Road and is located within a kindergarten building (The Blue House International School). A perfect setting to inspire tinkerers and makers.

Print made by an etch press

Print made by an etch press

What awaited us was a painting session as part of “Colour Me”, an investigative and participative project by Richard Kearns, L’Observatoire’s Artist-in-Residence from January till March.

Richard showed us a huge etch press which is used for printmaking. He also explained how the prints were solar etched onto photopolymer plates and demonstrated how the printing was done.

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Isabelle’s Etch Press @ L’Observatoire

It was fun to try our hands on the painting which was limited by the 4 colours available for each print, and it was exciting to see a traditional etch press at work. It has certainly inspired me to start exploring printmaking using a press!

L’Observatoire has a lot of interesting gadgets, such as pinhole cameras, DIY weaving loom and its own darkroom! Check out some of these photos!

Camera and the inverted image from the beautiful skyscape outside the studio

Camera and the inverted image from the beautiful skyscape outside the studio

Inspired to make something like that for yourself?

Inspired to make something like that for yourself?

Reminded me of my own exact letter stamp set!

Reminded me of my own exact letter stamp set!

If you are interested in the “Colour Me” project by Richard Kearns, check out the event details at the “Colour Me” Facebook Page. The sessions he is conducting at L’Observatoire will end this Sunday (30 Mar). Look out for future projects that Isabelle and Richard would be embarking soon for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014!

 

Biotinkering? What’s that?

Taking apart the webcam

Taking apart the webcam

It started with just a handful of students who readily took up the hands-on challenge to build their own microscope by hacking a webcam.

In a short while, the two tables that were full of gadgets gradually drew attention, until a point that we can hardly view what was happening at Marc Dusseiller’s pop-up biotinkering space.

Wondered what else were done at the pop-up makerspace held at Science Centre Singapore on 13 Mar 2014?

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Using the glue gun to fix the camera to the base

Within the short 2 hours, the impromptu participants tried their hands at taking things apart, and putting them together again, and experimented with different items that they could view using their DIY microscope, including a live spider and a cotton stainer!

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Lots of spontaneous efforts were also put in into ensure the live insects are viewable on the DIY microscope, amusing the crowd watching the demonstration.

Cotton Stainer

Cotton Stainer

Marc also brought along plenty of interesting gadgets which captured our attention.

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Check out the two suitcases he brought his stuffs in! One of them is a “Lab in a suitcase” while the other contains stuffs that he made. Inspiring, isn’t it? Seems like some people will start packing their own maker suitcase/bag soon!

Marc's lab in a suitcase!

Marc’s lab in a suitcase!

Maker tools in a suitcase!

Maker tools in a suitcase!

If you are looking forward to some tinkering and making, check out the next pop-up event on 22 March at Tampines Central Community Club.

Embark on a journey to discover your inner Maker

This 22nd March, join Maker Elda Webb Embark in a journey to discover your inner maker. Take joy in the creative capacity of your mind. Making is not a passive activity, fill your imagination with inspiration, generate ideas and understand your world without fears and discover how to keep doing this over and over again until you feel it is right.

About Elda:

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, she is a curious person by nature. Design Thinking has being her problem solving secret. Pupil of the Montessori system, she pretty much used its principles all the way into University. Her curiosity to solve problems in a holistic manner guided her to study Architecture, where she found a great tool to help her overcome her lack of drawing skills. She discovered the world of Computer 3D modeling and started sharing her knowledge as an assistant teacher for the Visualization department at her alma mater the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM). She worked at several companies as a graphic designer and 3D modeller creating renders and other visual media for their marketing departments. She now works for Autodesk as a Senior Learning Content Developer here in Singapore, creating visual content to showcase the new features of AutoCAD and its verticals. She believes that we should be proactive and design solutions to our everyday problems and make them a reality by acting upon them. But she understands that in order for anybody to think like a designer and start making things we need to let go of our fears and put the designer’s hat to start thinking like one and to remind us that we can all start by making something and be a designer in our own way. Always tinkering about problems and a long list of solutions, you can find her folding paper and watching a movie to relax or checking out TED.com, design books and all sorts of other platforms for inspiration. She is always on the look for things that could help her solve or understand problems better. Her tagline How flexible is your imagination? pretty much summarizes the way she approaches any challenge and how we all should approach the problems that come along our way while being a Maker.

Pop up Maker Space at Science Centre on 13th March

If you are coming to Science Centre Singapore on 13th March 2014, do drop by at the Annexe Foyer.  Marc Dusseiller - transdisciplinary scholar, cultural facilitator and artist – will be setting up a mobile Makerspace from 11am onwards at the Annexe foyer. So, drop in for some spontaneous bio tinkering and be surprised.

About Marc:

Marc performs DIY workshops in lo-fi electronics, hardware hacking, microscopy, music and robotics. He has coorganized the DIY festival Zurich, workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio and nanotechnoloty research and dissemination (Hackteria) in a DIY fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in developing countries.

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SMMF Family Lead up workshop at Science Centre

SMMF Family Lead up workshop at Science Centre

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SMMF 2014 pop up carnival at Tampines central CC

SMMF 2014 pop up carnival at Tampines central CC