The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150 Makers Working at the Intersection of Art, Science & Technology (Hardcover)

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Every day, there’s something new and wildly wonderful out there that someone has made by hand—a city built out of 100,000 toothpicks, a musical instrument that’s powered by the ocean, or a pop-up book that lights up, too. In The Art of Tinkering, you’ll be introduced to the individuals behind these and many more marvelous works, find out how they create, and get inspired to start 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.

Each artist featured in The Art of Tinkering goes through this process, and lovingly shares the backstory behind their own work so that readers can feel invited to join in on the whimsy. Whether it’s sharing their favorite tools (who knew toenail clippers could be so handy?) or offering a glimpse of their workspaces (you’d be amazed how many electronics tools you can pack into one pantry!), the stories, lessons, and tips in The Art of Tinkering offer a fascinating portrait of today’s maker scene.

The artists and authors don’t stop there, though: They’ve also developed beginner activities for you to try on your own. So you can make your own circuits out of playdough, film your own time-lapse movie, build tiny robots that create art as they move, fuse plastics into beautiful fabric, make your own automata, and much, much more.

Artists include:

Arthur Ganson


Tim Hunkin

AnnMarie Thomas

Ranjit Bhatnajar

Jie Qi

Walter Kitundu

Nicole Catrett

Grace Kim

Karen Wilkinson

Paul Nosa


Shie Chien Huang

Cardboard Institute of Technology (CIT)

Bernie Lubell

Scott Weaver

Danny Scheible

Ken Murphy

Asia Ward

Leigh Anne Langwell

and many, many more!

About the Author

Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich are Science Educators for the Institute For Inquiry and project directors for a several NSF and NEA funded science, art, and technology programs at the Exploratorium. They founded and now direct the Tinkering Studio, and draw on more than ten years of working as a team, integrating science and art and technology curriculum for in-school and out-of-school learning environments. Of particular interest to them is the functional design of informal learning environments to foster creative thinking, and inquiry learning. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616286095
ISBN-10: 1616286091
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Pages: 223
Language: English