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the art of tinkering

meet 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science & technology
7 1/4 inches by 9 inches; 256 pages
november 2013
ISBN 9781616286095
about this book

This is not your average art book. Brought to you by the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that's part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work–and learn a few lessons in tinkering yourself.

The Art of Tinkering is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing, working with readily available materials, getting their hands dirty, collaborating with others, problem-solving in the most fun sense of the word, and, yes, oftentimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck.

Each artist featured in The Art of Tinkering goes through this process, and lovingly shares the backstory behind their own work so that readers can feel invited to join in on the whimsy. Whether it’s sharing their favorite tools (who knew toenail clippers could be so handy?) or offering a glimpse of their workspaces (you’d be amazed how many electronics tools you can pack into one pantry!), the stories, lessons, and tips in The Art of Tinkering offer a fascinating portrait of today’s maker scene.


Artists include:
Scott Weaver
Arthur Ganson
Tim Hunkin
AnnMarie Thomas
Ranjit Bhatnajar
Jie Qi


about the author

KAREN WILKINSON and MIKE PETRICH are Science Educators for the Institute For Inquiry and project directors for several NSF and NEA funded science, art, and technology programs at the Exploratorium. They founded and now direct the Tinkering Studio, and draw on more than ten years of working as a team, integrating science and art and technology curriculum for in-school and out-of-school learning environments. Of particular interest to them is the functional design of informal learning environments to foster creative thinking, and inquiry learning. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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"I fell in love with all the geniuses at the tinkering studio. I may contract them to build me a home inside the museum so I can live there and learn forever." –Reggie Watts, comedian

"A must-read for every maker." –Adam Savage

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