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.

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.

Reading Response to “Fab” by Neil Gershenfeld

I think it’s astounding and amazing that the devices usually captured by sci-fi media are already available at our fingertips in this time period and are on their way to becoming more available. Also interesting was the creative process documented by the MIT students as they worked with these personal fabricators, and how they left enough behind so other people could build on their work in new and innovative ways. The comparison between a simple printer creating an image and this revolutionary new machinery creating entire objects was shocking to me, but it’s important to remember that it’s not that far in the past that the printer would have seemed shocking too.

It was inspiring to hear of all the different uses from across the globe that came to the surface when “fab labs” were established at the different locations. Later on, when the writer noted the difference between kids receiving knowledge and actually applying it, I began getting even more excited about the future of technology and how it truly is beginning to revolutionize education more than it ever has.

I really liked seeing the applications and examples of what different people did with the personal fabricators, and even more the variety of their projects based on personal need. Another thing I think is great was seeing the amount of female producers. It’s well known that the STEM field is heavily male-dominated, and this goes to show that the gender divide is on its way to changing.

Maker Starter Post

This is a post that I collaborated on with my partners Marty and Emily, whose blogs you can access by clicking on either of their names.

     There are important vocabulary terms that are essential to the Maker Movement. One of them is critical making, which describes the process of involving more hands-on working with technology, spanning the breach between traditional labor of the past and the more mechanical work going on today. The concept of D.I.Y., which stands for Do It Yourself, is a rising trend in popular culture these days. The Maker Movement is a very community-based cultural phenomenon, and for that reason, makerspaces have come into existence. These are locations where makers can come together to collaborate as well as support each other in their own independent endeavours. The people who found and support makerspaces work very hard to make sure they are furnished with materials and tools that will allow other makers to create what they want to. Maker Faires are exhibitions for makers to show off and present what they’ve created as well as get feedback from other makers. More information can be found here on the official maker faire website, including how to find such events near you.

One key component in the marker movement, is the concept of sharing. Makers have the mental itch to make and build, but they also want to share what they make. They can do this in various ways, but sharing their maker process is oftenly seen through the use of blogs. To successfully create our blogs, we began doing research on other maker blogs. We stumbled upon the following blogs: The Humble Mechanic, Tommy G Workshop, Aquaponic DIY Automation Blog, Sarah K. Benning Contemporary Embroidery,  and DIY Musician. After looking at these for inspiration, we found Sarah K. Benning’s blog to be the best because it exemplified the goal of a DIY maker. Her blog had a page to purchase her custom embroideries, featured a gallery of her work, gave information on how to take her DIY classes, and had a FAQ section with detailed responses. Although Benning didn’t have a section to show step-by-step embroidery, it showed how she turned her DIY project into a passion and a business. It was very inspiring to any type of maker but also informative to those who were wondering about starting embroidery.