We are in the process of brainstorming ideas for the next open make, which has the theme of tools. Light painting already lends itself to the topic, as it uses light sources and a camera as unexpected tools to make unique and beautiful artwork. But I thought that we could take it even further if we experimented with letting visitors create their own light painting implements.
On Friday, in the learning studio, a few of us experimented with LEDs, hobby motors, glue sticks, power drills and more to make a few tool prototypes. We took inspiration from past projects like simple hand held LEDs that that Walter made, Nicole's sewn circuit glove and some of Antonio's previous experiments. Here are a few of the tools we created and the light paintings we made with them.
The first tool that I made was a cardboard circle with a red and green LED that spun on a hobby motor. Depending on how fast we moved the tool and the angle at which we held it, the pattern looked very different.
Adam spent some time working on light painting tool that would mirror the movement of the chaotic pendulum exhibit. It didn't entirely work as planned but showed a cool pattern that blended regular movement and chaos.