The Lewis H. Latimer House kicked off it’s new Tinkering Room with MFTA’s Teaching Artist Mollie Roth and the neighboring community as they explored the idea of “Inside Out” where ideas came alive using computer circuit boards, machine parts, and the nuts and bolts of yesterday’s gadgets to create new and exciting works as well as celebrating the holiday season by creating original artwork together.
Reinventing with Reuse
During a visit from some of the young neighbors from the daycare center across the street, tinkerers discovered the results of applying paint to paper using washers, nuts, bolts and machine parts attached to cork focusing on creating designs using repetition.
Visiting from the community center around the corner, several school aged tinkers sifted through bins full of parts from dismantled computes, remote controls, non functional calculators, and used circuit boards, plugs, keys, and more to create robot like creatures and vehicles born from the own imagination and additive application of found object materials.
Lighting the Latimer House – December 6th 2015
In celebration of the upcoming holidays, the Latimer House’s doors were open to the community for the lighting of their tree. The many visitor who passed through participated in making their own lanterns that were hung in the Tinkering Room or taken for souvenirs of their visit. One set of visiting tinkerers included three generations of family members visiting for the holidays, all working together to make a festive and creative event to remember their trip by.