Every place has its own unique feature which represents its core values and/or cultures. It provides a way of identifying itself to the foreign world. Having spent a little more than a week amidst the distinctive art scene in Yogyakarta, it was clear why the city was a common hub for artists, makers, designers across the world. The streets filled with distinct sculptures and walls painted with colorful graffiti, the city provides a vibrant exuberance among the people.
The children enjoyed playing with the vehicle models they had built themselves. The bright faces of the students reflected their confidence with the subject matter. With enthusiasm and excitement, the room was bursting with energy. But it didn’t start out the same way. Just an hour earlier, these same children had been staring at the string and pencil, figuring out how the combination worked in making circles. The freedom for exploration and the absence of instructions meant most of them had to work through a number of failures. Some get it right the first time while others take their time in making things work. This is a normal energy flow sequence during an experiential class at schools.
A ‘maker’ is anyone who makes something they need, rather than just being a passive consumer or user. By this definition, even our mothers and grandmothers are makers. They made us dresses – matching ones for us and our dolls – and knitted us sweaters. They made jams and pickled aachar and decorated the living room with pillow covers and detailed crochet doilies. It’s an empowering feeling, the reclamation of the “maker” concept. Add to that the rush you get after you first use a power tool, and you feel pretty much invincible. Read more