Making: the Art of Making It How You Want It
Maker Camp is hard to describe. If you understand the Maker Movement, you get it already. If you don’t, it’s hard to put into a few words. I’ll try to use words and images to convey meaning.
Making is about recognizing that all things can be broken down into their constituent parts and played with, examined, changed, and improved. It recognizes all of us as Producers, and not merely Consumers. Being a Maker also means acknowledging the importance of being the captains of our own lives. The challenge is to think, innovate, and use what exists to make the world a better place for all living things.
Here’s a simple definition of making: “manufacture, mass-production, building, construction, assembly, production, creation, putting together, fabrication, forming, molding, forging.”
The only thing missing from the definition above is the whole thought process that goes into actually doing any of those things! The process is frequently called Design Thinking, and is at the heart of all innovation, product development, and creativity. Delving into Design Thinking is a topic for another post, but the point is that what we see on the outside is only the culmination of a part of the process of envisioning.
Here’s another idea: http://makezine.com/2013/01/28/what-is-making/
Their take, and I agree with it, is that making is primal. It requires skill acquisition and the drive and ability to keep working on those skills. I think we all have that drive inside us, somewhere. Some people want to make software, costumes, or visual art. Others want to melt metal, write poetry, or create sculpture. Still others want to learn programming, make music, and create movement art. In our family we have two movement artists, a writer, and an inventor. I believe the desire to create our own lives is built inside all of us. All we need to do is unlock it.
Some photos of Makers Making:
See you in the Lab!