Tinker, Hack, and Invent with Sarah Hodsdon

Sarah HodsdonWe’ve got another double offering of inventing and experimenting this weekend for our March Tinker, Hack, and Invent Saturday in Henry Ford Museum. Today we’re talking to Sarah Hodsdon, better known as Sarahndipitous online. Attendees of past Maker Faires will recognize Sarah as the friendly maker waist-deep in glorious craft supplies helping others tackle a variety of projects.

As you’ll see in this video, Sarah will be showing guests how to make their very own Victorian birdcage cards. As Spring has officially sprung on the calendars (but not so much in terms of weather), this card makes for a creative surprise for a loved one or family friend.

What will you be doing during this week’s Tinker, Hack, Invent, Saturday?
We will be building Victorian birdcage cards. Victorian Birdcage cards are made using paper cutting techniques that turn a flat piece of paper into a 3D cage.

What are some of the favorite crafting activities?
I have so many favorites! As a Designer in the Arts & Crafts industry, I have the dream job of crafting everyday. When I am not building for the various manufacturers, I enjoy drawing, bookbinding, metalwork, stamp carving and crochet.

What other projects are you working on these days?
I have been working a lot with conductive paint, 3D printers, and exploring Arduino for a new book, designing materials for cyberschoolers, getting giddy about the various movies that will be filmed here and all the special effects to be made and planning a “Mid Summer’s Night” art retreat… Busy, but fun.

And, it being Spring, we of course are anxiously waiting for the new chicks to hatch! The kids and I are trying to build a better coop for our hens using a Raspberry Pi… It should be interesting!

What’s one crafting tool you can’t live without?
Tough call. My Leatherman is a must & duct tape a very close second.

What are you looking forward to about Maker Faire Detroit this year?
I love Maker Faire. Every year and& each region are so different and offer so many new & exciting exhibits, it’s tough to pinpoint just one favorite thing.

Detroit Maker Faire stands out from the rest, it is so unique and different from the others because The Henry Ford has done such a great job connecting innovation to the timeline of history and instilling in each and every guest that they, too, have a place in history. The folks who exhibit, the makers, they see firsthand how building something changes lives and affects those around them. I get excited by being in the presence of makers, the kinds of doers and tinkerers that ask why and pursue the answers not because they “have to” but because they “want to.” I love the energy of “can-do” type people across the spectrum in ages and the smile in their faces when they say, “Yeah, I made that.” The Henry Ford is a testament to craftsmanship and initiative – it embodies the spirit of those who used their hands to leave their fingerprints on humanity.

I look forward to building in the Young Makers area… Hands down, my favorite spot at Maker Faire!

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