Tomorrow's After Dark event is all about tinkering and the artists, projects, and inspirational ideas found in our new book, The Art of Tinkering, which will be released in the store on the same day. We are busy preparing to welcome some of the makers featured in the book, to show off some of the artifacts of their tinkering (and "hacked covers"), and to lead activities where people will make all sorts of LED fashion accessories. I wanted to give a behind the scenes look at our process of preparing for this extremely exciting event.
Iris Gottlieb (our current illustrator in residence) created an amazing chalk paint sign for our digital bling bar where guests can create all sorts of light-up jewelry.
Our other artist in residence at the moment, Jie Qi has been hacking her book by adding a beautiful actuated flower that uses muscle wire to open and close. Jie will also be leading a paper circuit hat and fascinator making activity in the workshop area.
Nicole upholstered these amazing chairs that will provide comfortable seating to people sewing circuits on bowties and brooches with featured artist Grace Kim.
Walter whipped up a gate for Danny Sheible's tapigamiworld installation in the marble fort.
Not only will Thursday be the first chance to buy the book at the museum but you will now be able to purchase those hard-to-find tinkering parts like hobby motors, LEDs, copper tape, and conductive thread at the exploratorium store.
It should be a great night and a fitting celebration of all the amazing tinkerers, makers, artists and educators featured in The Art of Tinkering.