I’m Emily. I’m passionate about learning by doing.

What excites me most, is building from scratch. Whether it’s an event, a program or a toque, I  practice active engagement with all steps of a process. I started knitting after I graduated from design school because I felt starved for some sort of tangible, creative outlet. Spending countless hours and late nights on the computer, I realized that although I’m excited about communication design and graphics, it is necessary for me to physically engage with the world in a way that’s meaningful and tactile. I don’t always make things from scratch (It’s really not all that realistic always), but the experience and time taken to understand the process, is one that I find extremely valuable- and my favourite approach to learning about the world.

Shortly after I picked up my knitting needles again, I became curious about the fibres my yarn was made from and started spinning, felting, and playing with natural dyes. My mind is continually blown by how flexible and malleable these raw materials are. Through engaging with fibre and spending time at  Vancouver Hack Space, I have felt a stronger connection to the people around me and have even discovered a new found appreciation of chemistry, physics, electronics and mathematics and how they work together.

Through my work and play with the maker community, I’ve discovered that this project and experience-based approach to learning really isn’t all that unique. There’s an entire movement of people advocating for STEAM-based curriculum – an arts-based approach to learning about engineering, technology and science, told through the language of mathematics. I believe in this teaching model because I believe that it prepares students for the real world, in a meaningful and engaged way. Also. Learning can be (and is) fun and cool.

Community Building

I’ve discovered that my “happy place” consists of equal parts community building, communication design, program development and teaching. I love bringing people and organizations together to create art, events, and educational initiatives.

After 3 years of serving as Director for Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, I am now a board member for Vancouver Maker Foundation (The non-profit behind Vancouver Mini Maker Faire that I co-founded). Read more about my experience spearheading a Maker Faire on MAKE Magazine.

I am also currently working as Educational Coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre.

Workshops, Demo’s & Published Materials

Learning by doing is no fun if you’re not sharing what you make with others. I’m currently teaching as artist-in-resident at the Magic Trout Imaginarium, and have been hosting demonstrations at various events throughout the Lower Mainland.

I’m also a contributing writer for MAKE Magazine, and spend alot of my time documenting my work so that I can share it with others. My work in design school piqued my interest in design for technical documents (I totally geek out over information architecture and visually conveying information on a page). I am currently teaching Design and Production of Technical Publications at SFU.

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