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Creation Station is a Makerspace that is Free and Open for the Community

Since summer is zipping by at warp speed, it’s time to catch up our followers on what’s going on in the Southeast Steuben County Library before the season’s change again. The Creation Station Makerspace is preparing for real-life once again and we are pleased to welcome makers eager to 3D print, sew, and create personalized graphics using the Cricut machines. In just the past month, we’ve taught several sewing lessons, prepared a few 3D prints, and began discussions on ventilating the space to allow for the new Snapmaker to live up to it’s reputation as a multiple use machine. While it can create much larger 3D prints versus our original Makerbot Replicator 2, this new addition to our creative space will allow for Laser Engraving and Cutting, as well as CNC Carving. When the ventilation is final, we will be able to help create personalized gifts for wedding parties, (almost…) just like CCLD Tinker Lab!

Splash Outdoor Movie Night on July 23 at 8pm.

Trek out to the Lindley-Presho-Caton ballfield for a Friday night movie under the stars. Join us for a viewing of the big tale “Splash”, rated PG, 1 hr 51 min runtime. Bring your chairs, blankets, and bug spray for an evening of enchantment. Concessions will be for sale. Take your own snacks or cash for the concession stand to support the Lindley-Presho-Caton Little League. This is a double header; “Tom & Jerry” is on plate for July 30!

Mark your Calendars for Yoga in the Parks!

In case you missed the notifications, Yoga in the Parks is also on plate for a few dates this summer. Pack your yoga mats and return to Lindley-Presho-Caton ballfield on July 24 before 11am for a refreshing and joyful session of Yoga Asana practice with Elizabeth Moses of Crystal Heart Yoga Studio. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. You should understand that when participating in any exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. The experience and careful guidance provided in these classes makes movement accessible to all bodies. Feel confident that all levels of experience are welcome. These sessions are perfect for folks who are curious about yoga, but nervous to take that leap to studio classes. If you can’t attend this class in July, try to join us for the other upcoming dates and locations:

• August 21 at Margaret Smyers Park in Caton
• September 11 at Kinsella Park

If weather is a concern, we will make notifications via the Library Facebook page, but always use your own discretion.

Learn How to Make Hypertufa Flower Pots

Our June Maker Monday was a fun flower pot making experience that ended in a wash-out thunderstorm. Learn how to make the mix and cast into simple shapes with this tutorial I created for the library YouTube channel.

The next Maker Monday class will be hosted at a special time on August 23 at 1pm. Join special guest artist, Megan Walsh to learn how to make Cyanotypes. Known as a camera-less photographic printing technique, cyanotype is a unique and easy manual process used to create printed image. Using the power of sunlight, create your own original prints, with good definition and an intense, unique shades of blue. Print materials can include plant clippings, leaves, feathers, or objects brought from home such as keys, lace, and buttons.  Materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring items to experiment with. This class will be held in-person outside at the courtyard of Civic Center Plaza. *Registration deadline, August 15. A rain date will be determined, should that circumstance arise! If you cannot attend this class, but love the Megan’s art, find it for sale at Craft Farm in Elmira.

3D Printed Logo

Remember to visit our library for your 3D printing inquiries and needs. Turning ideas into reality is key to any dream. The image above is the a marketing prototype for a local musician, DJ Green Arrow. After scheduling an appointment, we used Tinkercad and a little help from a colleague to turn a digital image into a 3D element. If you have a skill you wish to learn or share, let us know in the comments. A makerspace is a community effort. It is our mission to make learning free and accessible to everyone. This includes creative literacy. Email Erica Unterman if you want to learn how to turn your ideas into reality. Let’s schedule an appointment and meet at the Station.

That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!

It’s Summertime…

“…and the living is easy.” Despite the lyrics of sweet Ella’s voice, living is UNeasy at this point in history. In the hiatus of this blog, our nation has exploded with a civil rights movement during a pandemic and fear escalates amid the rising temperatures. In attempt to flip the panic, let’s focus on today. June 19 is Juneteenth, “a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.” Our amazing neighbors at Elmira Equal Opportunity Program are hosting their 17th annual celebration with social distancing in mind.

Knitting “Nancy” and Me at Juneteenth, 2016

Traditionally, I attend this wonderful celebration and help teach attendees how to weave. The giant knitting “Nancy” that I commissioned to have built creates large tubing that can hold yoga balls. The process is a historic method of weaving, but the result is an interactive sculpture that guests help make. Once the tubing is long enough, the yoga balls offer a place to relax, bounce, and take in the scenery.

A Weaving Student in Process

I’ll have to miss the event this year, because I will be helping out with reference desk needs at The Annex (find out how the Southeast Steuben County Library is “Unbound, Online and in the Community” on the website for more details). But, YOU can go out and support the community effort. Follow this link to learn out how to honor this day in history with our local community. As we all learn how to talk about race and find a voice to discuss our nation’s legacy and how to improve upon it, I urge everyone to register for this Anti-Racism Training that is FREE and open to the general public through June 30. Although I claim to be able to step up and speak out against racial discrimination, I have found this training extremely beneficial to expand my awareness.

Ernie Davis Park

When you are at the Juneteenth Celebration, take a peek at the playground. That equipment is in need of some upgrades! If you have construction skills or are simply willing to volunteer your time to help in a community build at Ernie Davis Park, the location of Juneteenth, I encourage you to participate. The City of Elmira is working with Play by Design to install customized playground equipment. Come volunteer the week of July 7-12. Three daily shifts available: 8:00AM-12:00PM; 12:30PM-4:30PM; 5:00PM-8:30PM. This is a wonderful way to take action and cultivate the grounds for impressionable youth. You know, it’s all about being the part of change you want to see.

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice. Welcome the season’s change as we honor the memory of Retha Cazel. Retha passed on June 3, 2020. She was a cherished friend, mentor, and instructor to so many yoga practitioners in our community. To recognize the impact Retha made over the years, the Library wishes to honor her mission to share the joy of yoga with everyone. Start the Solstice with us in reverence of a compassionate yogini. Sunday is International Yoga Day.

This session will be led by Elizabeth Moses, owner of Crystal Heart Yoga. It will be a live streamed event on the library’s Facebook page. If you are unable to attend, the video will be archived here so you can watch it anytime.

Summer, summer, summertime

As time rolls by and change is ever-constant, remember the wise words of the Fresh Prince. We all need to take the “time to sit back and unwind.” Stick around this summer to see the exciting things I have planned. Let’s get creative this season as we practice yoga, garden, sew, learn and explore together.

Be well my Friends.

xo, Erica

Face Masks Forward

It’s SeWednesday–or is it?! *** Covid-19 is taking over our lives, but I thought another kind of takeover would be more fun. I invited Tangled Hangers Designs to takeover our blog for the day. She’s been busy in her studio sewing face masks for our community, but made time to offer a Face Mask Tutorial. She included a little video and provided the pattern. Her design includes five size options, as well as a pocket to insert a filtration fabric. Reports change daily on the value of a face mask, but a unified stance has risen in the maker community. Supplies will be provided to the front line if they must be stitched in every home in the United States. We are all in this together. Without further ado, let’s get by with a little help from our #FLX friends.

Ha! It’s not Wednesday (or maybe it is??), but watch for more #SeWednesday installments for sewing instruction and exploration. Tell us if you are making face masks or helping #ProtectTheFrontline in other ways. Show us your results if you sew-along with this tutorial. Tune in today at 4pm for a Watch Party on the Southeast Steuben County Library YouTube channel to see the creator at work. The video will be available for future reference. ❤ Read Creation Stationary, but don’t be a stationary creator. Get making!

Covid-19 Craftivism

This week in Covid-19 Craftivism, we focus on ventilators, face shields, and protective masks. Homemade manufacturing is on the rise. I’ve curated samples of how the stewards of art studios and craft rooms are stepping up to help the front line.

Joshua McMenamin makes ventilator splitters.

Ventilators are the breathing aides that are in critical demand. These machines provide the mechanization of breathing air into the lungs of a patient. Glassblowers, like Josh McMenamin of Orbital Glass in Colorado, are offering their skills to the medical field by creating glass ventilator splitters. These devices can split the air delivery of a single machine to provide ventilation for up to four patients. While providing one ventilator for each patient is ideal to offer adequate oxygen intake per individual, having alternatives to support life is of utmost value in this crisis. This technique of splitting air supply has not been tested on humans, but offers an option to sustain more lives. This fourteen year old study provides more information on this option. If one machine can help up to four patients, this can aide in the most dire situations.

Zaragoza Maker Space Face Shield

Friends from around the world connect with me daily to share the newest maker information. We find 3-D printing communities participating in medical supply aid for Covid-19. Zaragoza Maker Space in Zaragoza, Spain has provided printing files to produce protective visors with 3-D printers. Bot Camp has another version of a healthcare face shield. Using 3-ring binder plastic sheets, a barrier of protection is made available to emergency and medical professionals. Makers who are preparing these items are urged to share their progress on social media with the hashtag #coronavirusmakers.

Face Mask Perspective from New York Times

If you followed any social media over the past few days, face mask shortage is the constant conversation. Last night, Arnot Health put out a call to local news outlets asking for makers to sew protective face masks. Sewists everywhere are revving up their sewing machines with another facet of making for the medical field in our country. Solidarity to protect our medical and emergency personnel has risen the frenzy to make face masks regardless of the implications that they offer no value of protection. After countless communications with friends and family in the emergency medical fields, the idea that our country has been depleted of a simple personal protective elements is absurd. Making these items out of fabric seems even more ridiculous, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Jennifer Maker offers Cricut Face Mask Tutorials.

If you own a Cricut precision die cut machine, or have the inclination to make these masks with a paper pattern, Jennifer Maker provides a perfect tutorial. This variation includes a pocket to insert a HEPA filtration fabric, which is the only way to protect from vapor inhalation. These masks are not medically approved, but offer a stop-gap at the very minimum. They also provide peace-of-mind, but that is a false sense of peace. This is what local manufacturing looks like and may continue to grow. As mass production has been sent overseas in cost-saving efforts, capitalism is proving to be a failing financial model for sustainability. Art and making continue to prove valuable to every community.

Bed-In for Peace

All of this stewardship is impressive, but I have this need for peace. I find a need for more personal time and am taking life at a slower pace. My favorite radio station, WFMU reminded me of a seemingly simpler time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I would love to have a moment of peace from all the fear. Let’s trust in abundance and focus that everything is going to be alright. Let’s put fears aside and see how a simple Bed-In can help us all to Keep Calm. It’s always hopeful to think we can Give Peace a Chance.