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Making Makers at the Colorado Association of Libraries 2014 Conference

Since the 1970s, when it became cheaper to buy a new color TV than it was to fix the old one, we’ve lived in a throwaway culture. That’s what Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing creator, Editor and Chief of Make Magazine and Boulder native told an audience at the Colorado Association of Libraries 2014 conference yesterday. I was on a panel at the conference and was lucky enough to sneak over to Mark’s talk.

Mark said that 100 years ago, 80 percent of Americans were natural makers – we lived on farms and had to create the things we needed. Then there was the Great Making Lull (GML) of the 1970s through early 2000s, when the perfect storm of desire, access to inexpensive research and development tools, prototyping materials, funding sources like Kickstarter, access to manufacturing like 3D printers, laser cutters etc. and DIY sales channels came together to lower the barrier to entry to innovation and making.

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Girls Explore Arts and Making

Join us for an incredible evening of arts and making.  This hands-on event will feature award-winning female artist and furniture maker, Amy Kern.  Parents and middle- or high-school aged girls should plan to attend together.

Amy Kern, IDSA is an Industrial Designer with almost 20 years of professional experience. She was trained as a sculptor before earning a Masters’ of Industrial Design degree at Pratt Institute in New York. Developing furniture, exhibitions and lighting for international companies and factories, she looks at design with a sustainable, artistic, and inventive twist. Work by Amy Kern can be enjoyed at Marriott hotels, cafes like Starbucks, and literally hundreds of restaurants across the country. She also has designed over a hundred residential furniture and lighting products for Pottery Barn, William Sonoma Home, and West Elm. Amy is proud to be an Assistant Professor currently teaching a broad spectrum of classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver including Model Making, Product Usability, and Furniture Design. Additionally, she continues to consult a variety of companies and is setting up her own practice, Design Aid, focusing on social impact design.

Combining formal aesthetics with human centered principles, each of Amy Kern’s designs is characterized by careful research and her passion for creating experiences people connect with.

After we learn about furniture making and the art and engineering of making, each group will work on a live project utilizing the incredible Innovation Center at DU’s School of Engineering.
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