Talking Sticks at Makers’ Faire

I’m a maker. Official Maker.

I was overjoyed to be a maker at this year’s Mini-Makers Faire in Reno. Nice new location next to the Discovery museum. I took my sticks on the road and the kids used glue, paint, feathers, keys and fabric to decorate sticks to create “talking sticks” and learn new listening skills. IMG_2977

This is how it was described in the booklet:

What is a talking stick?
The talking stick is an instrument used by many tribes, especially those of indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America. The talking stick may be passed around a group as a symbol of their authority and right to speak in public.

Come make one with us. Make it pretty, make it bold. Let people know that you are speaking and you should be heard. The only rule is that no owner of a stick should hold it all the time.

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Still Life Painting: Underwear

Most people find beauty in everyday objects. The amazing still life paintings of Picasso and Van Gogh celebrate bowls and fruit and vases of flowers. The art is in the simplicity.

And then there is this.


I can’t say why. I just think boy underwear is funny and kind of neat looking. One is called “London” the other, “France.”

I found the box frames in the cheapo section of Target. I primed them. The paint is acrylic with a gel/water glaze over it.


And while we’re enjoying art in every day objects. Enjoy this.

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Kids Crafting: Aluminum Foil Sculpture

I had the great privilege of holding a mini-craft project at the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra. My friend Pam runs the center which helps women escape poverty. Last week, she held a fun day for the families. Good Shepard Clothes Closet was there to give out school clothes, kids could get immunized and more. So while mom was seeing staff inside, the kids could join me and KNPB for some craft projects.

I liked this project. Only need glue, paper, aluminum foil and black paint. This project was a gamble. I was not sure if the kids would like it. Of course they surprised me with such creativity. Please note the unicorn.

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