Tinkerfest, a one-day festival that celebrates the creative, curious, and innovative spirit in all of us, returns to Northwest Arkansas on Sat., Oct. 1, from 9 am until 4 pm. The 2016 event will be held at the Scott Family Amazeum and is included with your paid admission or your membership.
The Amazeum will bring together makers, artists, and tinkerers to showcase their work while inviting attendees of all ages to join in the DIY (do it yourself) fun. Tinkerfest brings technology together with craftspeople, educators, families and artists to learn from each other. Whether you are a beginner or an avid tinkerer, Tinkerfest is a great family activity where all can experiment and learn things together. Ages 4-104 will find a tinkering experience to explore.
Thanks to all the makers, tinkerers, volunteers, teachers, students, and parents who collaborate to make this event AMAZING.
London Kaye is a classically trained dancer who discovered her passion for crochet at the age of thirteen. London received a dance scholarship to NYU and after graduation, dove into the local street-art scene. She began developing her signature style by crocheting on fences. She has adorned the windows of ABC Carpet and Home and has recently crocheted pieces for major brands including Red Valentino, Starbucks, Miller Lite, Chex Mix, and the Gap. According to Condé Nast Traveller, "London Kaye is the one to watch.”
Dani Ives is a self-taught artist and founder of Good Natured Art. She has led fiber art workshops all across the South and Midwest including a six-week studio course of her wool painting techniques at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her award-winning work has been featured in international magazines and a fiber arts exhibition in Springfield, Mo. She currently lives in Fayetteville, Ark., with her husband and fur babies and creates art daily from her home studio.
David Kersey, an Arkansas native and graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, is an educator, entrepreneur, and artist. His focus for the past 15 years has been digital art and animation. David moved from Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked at The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures on films such as The Polar Express, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tangled and the highest grossing animated film of all time, Frozen. During David’s time at Disney Feature Animation he worked on two Oscar winning production teams, Frozen, and the animated short film Feast. He was recently named executive director for the New Design School in Fayetteville and seeks to develop a world-class institution to enhance digital art education for students and professionals.
Kua Patten teaches Neon for the youth program at The Crucible and previously worked at the Exploratorium from 1993 until 2013, building exhibits after earning his Master’s Degree in Sculpture at Montana State University. His interest has been in the combination of light with other media to create a visual sculptural expressionism and uses his work to tell stories. He is interested in a wide variety of visual phenomena and enjoys exploring new and unexpected visual paths.
Kua also holds a BFA in Photography and other professional certifications. He currently operates his own museum consulting practice serving domestic and international clients.
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