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.
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 3 days a week as Educational Coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre.
Learning by doing is no fun if you’re not sharing what you make with others. I’ve taught natural dye workshops with the Means of Production Garden as well as intro to knitting, spinning and felting at the Vancouver Hack Space.
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.