July - Tiny Instruments
For the month of July, Maker Mondays will be hosted by Square One’s Boris. Boris is a musician and sound artist who has completed sound installations and created community art with sound. In July, he will guide makers through a social musical experience exploring various ways to make sound to participate in a participatory sound installation.
Step 1: Pick up a bag of materials at the library’s curbside pickup, M-Th, 1-6p and Sat 9a-1p. Materials include some rubber bands, bouncing balls, wooden skewers, straws, magnets, stainless steel zip ties and instructions.
Step 2: Each week, an instrument will be created from these materials.
[July 6] Straw Flute
[July 13] Bouncing Ball Drum Stick
[July 20] Thumb Piano
[July 27] Stringed Instrument
Step 3: With your computer (using a program called Audacity for example) or your phone (Voice recorder), record yourself improvising some sounds with the instruments you have just made. The only instructions are: please, BE WEIRD, BE WILD, EXPLORE SOUNDS! Then, send those crazy sounds via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 4: The sounds will be collected and edited to create a sound installation for the re-opening event at the library. The sounds will be played I am going to collect and edit your sounds and create a sound installation for the re-opening event (not sure of when it will happen yet). All around the Leake Center in the library, I will display speakers collected from trash to create an immersive sound creation. What’s being played on the speakers will be your audio recordings.
The main idea is to create a social, collaborative sound installation made from a distance.
I hope you will enjoy building the instruments and creating a crazy immersive sound installation with me and the Woodland Public Library.
1. Find a magazine with an image you like
2. Take a strip of packing tape and adhere it to the page
3. Rip the excess paper off along the tape edges
4. Soak the tape and paper in warm water
5. Rub the paper off of the back
6. Check that all the paper is removed and let dry
7. Once dry, the tape will regain some stickiness and you can put it anywhere you like!
Using an overhead light (or the sun), play with outlines of everyday objects and have fun with the new shapes created by tracing the outlines. Leaves, utensils, pens, feathers are all used in these Creativebug videos. The lesson is for 30 days of trying, but try just one. How does it work for you? What do you see that you hadn’t seen before?
To see more ideas in 5 minute videos, first go to the Woodland Public Library Creativebug page and log in with your library card (eCards, too!) number. Then follow this link to watch the Tracing Shadows series.
Share your drawings with us by email, on Facebook, or on Instagram. Happy making!
Make a zine with us!
A ’zine’ is a self-published magazine. It can take on a variety of forms - from a single sheet of folded paper to a self-bound book - and functions - advocacy, information, journaling, or cartooning.
A basic zine can be made with a single sheet of printer paper! Fold a piece of paper and make an 8 page book.
Here’s a sample layout of a zine about coronavirus for kids (remember back in February when we were all just learning its name?).
The zine can go further and be bound with twine or staples and be larger in size and longer in length.
To learn more in an hour-long free zine class, first go to the Woodland Public Library Creativebug page and log in with your library card (eCards, too!) number.
Then follow this link to watch How to Make a Zine.
If you need any of the materials or a printed copy of something for your zine, email email@example.com to arrange for curbside pickup! Share your zines with us by email, on Facebook, or on Instagram. Happy making!