Making 3 and 4 hole stitch books

Above are three pictures detailing the process of making a 3 hole stitch book. For the paper, I used 3 different sheets of green, blue, and purple paper. I wanted this little book to coordinate based on cool colors. For the same reason, I twisted together green, blue, and purple pipe cleaners to create the binding. As the name implies, you have to poke 3 holes in the crease of the folded pages and then use some sort of string, cord, yarn, etc to sew it all together. I made a little bow on the back of my book because I had extra pipe cleaner length, but ideally you would just make a knot and call it a day.

These 3 pictures show the process of creating a 4 hole stitch book. As you can guess, there are 4 holes in this version. For this book, I went with a neutral values color scheme and used cream/brown twine to stitch it all together. The 4 hole stitch book is definitely more complicated than the process to make a 3 hole stitch book, but I’d say it binds nicely and seems a little more professional.


Tour of On Campus MakerSpace Reflection

These pictures are from the Kimmel MakerSpace on Syracuse University campus. The picture on the left shows a 3D printer, although this one specifically is different than the other kind that there are more of in the space. It’s pretty bare and minimal which allows people to see the mechanisms of how it operates. The picture in the middle serves as an example of what a 3D printer can create. These are 3D printed figures of bulbasaur, charmander, and squirtle, which I thought was neat. The picture all the way on the right has a printer that can make stickers.

These three pictures are all of the embroidery machine. Looking at all the scraps and tester pieces of cloth to see what this machine could do made me want to make something with it too. There are clearly a lot of options of color and content and so many different surfaces to embroider.

This tour of the makerspace was very helpful and interesting. It was interesting to find out that there are so many resources available to students that most don’t even know about. After going to see this, I thought I would definitely come back to use the resources. I haven’t gone back yet because I haven’t really thought of something good enough to make and I want to make sure that what I create in the MakerSpace is something really neat.


Reflection on Contemporary Body Modification

Informatics of Domination – An analytical way of breaking down the power structures that form privilege and oppression. With this knowledge, the dismantling of such inequalities is made more tangible.

Body Modification – Deliberately altering appearance or form of the human body.

Critical Design – A way of participating in design that subverts classic/traditional values, power structures, ideals.

Critical Making – The incarnation of critical design, which uses physical objects (or people) as a form of expression to challenge the status quo.

The reading definitely showed me an approach to the human body that I was not yet familiar with, and honestly still am not very comfortable with. I appreciate and have a healthy amount of amazement for how far these people are willing to go to show that the human body is available for modification way beyond the relatively tame standards held by most of the world today. In the article, it’s made clear that the term “enhancement” doesn’t exactly fit the body modifications discussed, but this process and this community are paving the way towards enhancement and augmentation that a lot of people might’ve just been ready to dismiss as science fiction.

I think it’s a very human thing to cling to what is natural and be frightened by foreign objects working inside of our body to expand us beyond normal human capabilities. It’s true that a prosthetic arm to one who lacks an arm makes a lot more sense than a prosthetic arm to one who simply desires improvement. This “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality is explored in the article as a limit of human greatness. The denial of humanity near the end of the article and the desire to be something different is a foreign mindset to me that I can understand but honestly would rather try not to. These people who practice and develop such body modification are left unsatisfied with simply being human, and seek a level of capability and functionality far beyond what is deemed as rational in today’s society.

Reflection on Bre Pettis Lecture

Seeing someone who we’d seen as basically the star of a documentary so up close and personal was a really grounding experience. I had seen this man be lauded and praised for his technologic and entrepreneurial successes, and there he was giving a speech on how he’d shaped his life to allow himself to reach such achievements.

Throughout the lecture, he made it clear that having passion for what you do is of the utmost importance. This general ideal I’d already come into contact with before, but he demonstrated clear steps that took it further than what I’d heard numerous times in the past. Being passionate about something in isolation is beneficial to someone in the way that it can improve a certain skillset but Bre Pettis proved that it really is important to get out there and put yourself in the field that you want to be. For so many interests and communities, there are meetups and conventions and conferences that amateurs in the field can attend to network and meet the people that are doing what they want to do.

The other side of this, the other side of going to public events and absorbing the wisdom of those who’ve gone before you, is paying attention to the fringe, which he stressed dramatically. Technology in the recent era has advanced at such a fast and unpredictable pace that it’s essential to pay attention to active technological hotspots no matter whether or not they already have a big following. His advice, in fact, was to pay more attention to those in the booths near the back of a convention center, because they’re focusing not on what’s big at the moment, but what’s next.

He didn’t speak as much about maker culture or the DIY movement as expected, but the lecture was still very informative about the concept of “the next step,” growing out of the oppressive bubble of self-only and getting out to community events to see what one’s field of interest has to offer and how to expect the sunrise based on what lies at the horizon.