Makers, Crafters, Educators brings the do-it-yourself (DIY) ethos of maker and crafter movements into educational environments, and examines the politics of cultural change that undergird them. Addressing making and crafting in relation to community and schooling practices, culture, and place, this edited collection positions making as an agent of change in education. In the volume’s five sections—Play and Hacking, Access and Equity, Interdependence and Interdisciplinarity, Cultural and Environmental Sustainability, and Labor and Leisure—authors from around the world present a collage of issues and practices connecting object making, participatory culture, and socio-cultural transformation. Offering gateways into cultural practices from six continents, this volume explores the participatory culture of maker and crafter spaces in education and reveals how community sites hold the promise of such socio-cultural transformation.

chapter 1|13 pages


Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change
ByElizabeth Garber, Lisa Hochtritt, Manisha Sharma

section Section I|3 pages

Play and Hacking

chapter 2|3 pages

The Joy of Tinkering

ByAnne Thwaits

chapter 3|3 pages

The Sewing Rebellion

ByLisa Vinebaum

chapter 4|3 pages

Tinkering with Change

A Makerspace at a University Art Museum
ByChelsea Farrar

chapter 5|5 pages

Material Inquiry

Digital Materials, People, and the Relationships Between Them
ByMarta Cabral, Sean Justice

chapter 6|6 pages

Pedagogy of the Hack

El Rancho Electrónico and the Culture of Surveillance
ByLeón de la Rosa-Carrillo, Estrella Soria, Gato Viejo, Hacklib, Jorge David García

chapter 7|4 pages

Makerspaces in a University Art and Design Context

Resourcing the Adult Imagination
ByAlexandra Byrne, Jim Ward, Kim Snepvangers

chapter 8|3 pages

DIY in Art Education and Art Teacher Training in Turkey

ByVedat Özsoy

chapter 9|2 pages

Maker Ed

Shifting Vision, Culture, and Systems
ByStephanie Chang

chapter 10|3 pages

Empty Bowls, Full Minds

Connecting Classroom Learning to Empirical Experiences
ByJill Menaugh

chapter 11|4 pages

Jugaad in Innovative Making and Crafting in India

Examining the Work of Sanjeev Shankar
ByAsavari Thatte

chapter 12|4 pages

What Spinning Teaches Me

ByDaniel T. Barney

section Section II|3 pages

Access and Equity

chapter 13|5 pages

Do-It-Yourself Movement

A Perspective from a Brazilian Craft Context
ByLeda Guimarães

chapter 14|4 pages

Does Outreach Equal Equity?

Thoughts on the Impact and Challenges of Off-site Community Programs and the Struggle to Use the Arts in Achieving Social Justice
BySarah B. McCann

chapter 15|5 pages

Contradiction and Answering Back

Trickster in the Makerspace for People with Disabilities
ByJohn Ploof

chapter 16|3 pages

Beyond the Manifestos

Equity and Learning in Makerspaces
ByGrace Wingo, Kimberly M. Sheridan

chapter 17|4 pages

Artmakerspace as Tactical Pedagogy

Meaningful Making in a Studio Art Context
BySteve Ciampaglia, Kerry Richardson

chapter 18|4 pages

Future Fiber Feminism and Change Through Craft

ByCourtney Lee Weida

chapter 19|2 pages

Cave of Secrets

ByLiz Collins

chapter 20|5 pages

Thinking in Water

The Process of Collaborative Craft as Social Practice
ByChristen Sperry-Garcia, Felix Rodriguez, Xalli Zúñiga, B. Stephen Carpenter

chapter 21|4 pages

Two Queer Academics Walk into a Makerspace

Hacking Patriarchy and Knowledge
ByRebecka A. Black, Anna Ramsey

chapter 22|2 pages


Makerspaces, Democracy, Anarchism, and Education
ByLino Garibaldi

section Section III|3 pages

Interdependence and Interdisciplinarity

chapter 23|3 pages


Sewing Together the Borderlands, Sowing Interdependence
ByDwight Metzger, Kelly Watters

chapter 24|4 pages

Patterns of Repair

Sewing with Court-Involved Teens
ByAlexandra Lakind

chapter 25|3 pages

Embroidered Narratives

Threads of the Selfie
ByR. Darden Bradshaw

chapter 26|4 pages

The Innovation Institute

Making Progress
ByDavid Gran

chapter 27|4 pages

The Crafts in Interdisciplinary Curriculum in School

BySeija Karppinen

chapter 28|3 pages

A Letter to my Son

ByShana Pearlmutter

chapter 29|2 pages

Mongolian Artists and Craft

ByUranchimeg Tsultemin

chapter 30|3 pages

Queering Craft

Nick Cave
ByJames H. Sanders

chapter 32|4 pages

Feminist Visual Tactics

ByEllen Lesperance

chapter 33|3 pages

Maker Culture in Nepal

Making vs. making
BySupriya Manandhar

section Section IV|4 pages

Cultural and Environmental Sustainability

chapter 34|3 pages

Sacred Makers

ByDamara Jacobs-Morris

chapter 35|4 pages

The (Re)Making of Culture

Annotations of Practices in Secondary School Art in Singapore
ByBee Kim Koh

chapter 36|4 pages

Local Roots

Bridging Southern Craft and Museum Audiences through Materials and Engagement
ByCarissa DiCindio

chapter 37|4 pages

Peruvian Artists-Crafters-Makers

ByAmanda Alexander

chapter 38|3 pages

Crafts as Sanctuary for Korean Immigrants

ByRyan Shin

chapter 39|4 pages

Crafting Content for Innovative Learning in Design Education

ByRamneek Kaur Majithia

chapter 40|4 pages

Sustainable Craft Practices and Space-Making in Tech Design Contexts

BySmriti Saraswat

chapter 41|3 pages

From a Lost Paradise to an Elusive Utopia

Crafts and Sustainability
ByNicholas Houghton

chapter 42|4 pages

If Fab Lab is the Answer, What is the Question?

Maker Culture as a Method for a Sustainable Future
ByMira Kallio-Tavin

chapter 43|5 pages

The Walls Tell the Story

Making as Collective Force in the Evolution of an Earth Home Community
ByCala Coats

section Section V|4 pages

Labor and Leisure

chapter 44|4 pages

Principles of Sustainable Creativity

How to Make a Lifelong Creative Practice (That You Actually Enjoy)
ByScott Pinkmountain

chapter 45|4 pages

Engaging with Grassroots Artisans

ByAnna Waldman-Brown

chapter 46|4 pages

Creating a Wood Carving Tradition in Malawi

ByEmma Kelley Bussard, Ann E. McCleary

chapter 47|3 pages

Taxi Fabric

We the Living
ByJatin Kampani

chapter 49|3 pages

Developing a Collective Learning Arts Space

Implications for Art Educators in Diverse Settings
ByNatasha S. Reid

chapter 51|4 pages

Social Utopia

Craft and Progress
ByMary Callahan Baumstark

chapter 52|4 pages

Skilled Knowledge and Craft Education

ByRachel Mason

chapter 53|5 pages

Error Against the Machine

The Human Case for Leisurely Imperfection
ByLobregat Balaguer

chapter 54|4 pages

On Being Inconsequential

Making, Craft, and Liquid Leisure
BySarah R. Davies