Craft Punk: Twisted Science

Craft Punk: Twisted Science
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September


Craft Punk goes a little Science-y this September with a program guaranteed to appeal to both craft-sters and crafty geeks. Book a workshop lead by an industry expert and make a cool stool from cardboard that is so strong it can withstand your weight and learn the basic science principles behind designing furniture strength. Or turn your favourite textiles into E-textiles, creating beautiful lighting effects using basic computer programming. Join our drop-in session and create a water molecule installation with a global warming message.

Be inspired to start your next project and learn a new skill or just rekindle your love of making. Craft Punk is all about giving you the tools to take making into your own hands!

Booked workshops

Cardboard stool workshop with Henry Pilcher
14 and 15 September, 10.30am – 12.30, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Beginners welcome (age 14 years and over)
All materials supplied.
Cost: $45 adult, $40 Powerhouse member (includes Museum admission)
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Book a workshop with Henry Pilcher and learn the science behind designing for strength while making a very cool stool using cardboard. Henry will show how to use optimum profile shapes, creating strength from a potentially weak material. The stool is made from cutting and folding cardboard, creating an origami-like construction that becomes a solid shape. Henry will discuss the different cardboard structural varieties available and their best application for furniture-making plus different ways of fixing cardboard lamination. All materials supplied. more..

Henry Pilcher is a contemporary furniture designer. In 2010 the Australian IDEA Awards named Henry as Australia's 'Best Emerging Designer' and highly commended in the field of Product Design. His designs are noted as being innovative and sophisticated in construction yet with a pared-back approachable aesthetic.

E-textiles workshop with Justin Mclean
14 and 15 September, 10.30am – 12.30, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Beginners welcome (age 14 years and over)
Bring a non-metallic garment or piece of fabric to create the E-textiles with. All other materials supplied
$45 adult, $40 Powerhouse member (includes Museum admission)
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Justin Mclean will show you how to create your own E-textiles. Learn how to make a beautiful small wearable light show on your garment. Justin will demonstrate various lighting effects and colours using a variety of miniature electronic components. The garment/fabric will have small electronic components hand-sewn onto it. This workshop is a great introduction in demonstrating how to incorporate the element of light into a fashion garment or any wearable garment using basic pre-programming via a computer. Bring a non-metallic garment or piece of fabric to the workshop (transparent or semi-transparent fabric is more effective but any fabric will do). All other materials supplied. more..

Justin Mclean is an IT consultant, application developer and artistic tinkerer of crafty electronics with a passion for open source hardware. Justin heads his company Class Software. He is active in the Apache Flex project and is writing a book on Android mobile development.

Drop-in workshops

Water Molecules with a message
14 and 15 September, 10.00am – 4:00pm
Free with Museum admission (ages 9 years and over)
No bookings required

Create a model water molecule from recycled coloured card puzzle pieces and personalise with a hand written message that describes your hopes for overcoming climate change as you contribute to an installation sending a message about global warming. ®All materials supplied.

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Henry Pilcher
Henry Pilcher

Justin Mclean
Justin Mclean

Water molecules with a message
Water molecules with a message