Mirrored pixels is a gorgeous piece that lets you play with color by casting shadows
This piece is currently on display at the Exploratorium, but you can contact me if you would like to commission one of your very own.
This card is a tiny paper camera obscura!
When you place it next to the candle, pinhole images of the candle flame appear to light the candles on the little cake.
There are several little pinholes on the front of the card, and light from the candle flame passes through the little pinholes to project inverted images of the candle flames onto the little painted cake. If you blow out the candle, the ones on the cake go out, too!
The stroboscope is a special camera that I built to capture motion. I was inspired to play with stroboscopic photography after seeing photographs taken by the French scientist Étienne-Jules Marey. In the 1880s, Marey invented a camera with a rotating shutter that could capture multiple images on a single photographic plate. He used this camera to study locomotion in humans, animals, birds, sea creatures, and insects.
Marey used clockwork mechanisms and photographic plates for his contraption, while mine uses an electric motor and a digital camera. The camera is set to take long exposures while a slotted disk spins in front of its lens. Each time the slot spins past the lens, the camera gets a glimpse of your subject and adds another layer to the image. The resulting photograph is a record of your subject moving through space and time, and these images often reveal beautiful patterns that would otherwise be invisible to us.
The stroboscope is currently on display at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where you can try it out! I also wrote an article for MAKE magazine with instructions for building one of your own.
The tiltshift-o-scope is a special telescope that makes the world look like a little toy model of itself.
It uses a very large lens to project an image onto a tilted glass screen. Because the screen is tilted, only one part of the image is in focus, and everything else gets blurry.
This simulates a shallow depth of field, and everything you look at seems tiny!
The Tilt-o-scope was recently displayed at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts as part of the Sizing It Up: Scale and Nature in Art exhibition.
It is available for hire.
This is a tactile installation that I created for the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio. It highlights the many ways of making, and each tile is created using a different technique, from knitting to 3-D printing.
You can contact me to commission a custom tile wall. I have always wanted to try making one in another language!
I love taking things apart to see how they work, and mechanical toys are especially fun to dissect. There are some really interesting mechanisms inside, and it's a great way to play around with circuits. I thought that this might be a good (if slightly twisted) way to display the inner workings of a mechanical toy.
I love tools, and this is a paper sculpture I created of one of my favorites, a mint-green vintage Elna sewing machine. It is lovingly made, complete with dials, a paper bobbin, and even a paper sewing needle.
This one is for sale here, and you can contact me for custom paper sculpture commissions.
This is an old Snackmaster vending machine that I retrofitted to be a tinkering tool dispenser, stocked with LEDs, conductive thread, salvaged switches and toy motors. It lives in the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, making all those hard to find components easily, and affordably, available to everyone.
I created this collection of circuit boards for a (really fun) adults-only workshop exploring circuits. People were able to hack the toys and build complex interactive circuits by combining them with home-made switches and sensors, all mounted on wooden boards and connected with alligator wires.