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As anticipation for the World Maker Faire builds, makers are not only busy with their projects, but they’re also exploring creative ways to promote them. Check out this wonderful drawing by Julia Vallera for her Color Wheelz project which will be parked at the Faire.

Julia’s van is sort of a traveling real-time personal history craft vehicle. Color Wheelz travels to neighborhoods throughout NYC and asks people to “tell your color story.” And over the course of each installation, the van gets absolutely covered in craft, decoration, and stories. People love expressing themselves in creative ways like this! If you’re at the Faire, stop by the van, grab some markers, and tell your tale!

Color Wheelz is designed to transform a 1997 Ford van into a traveling, participatory installation. This van travels throughout the five boroughs of NYC filled with playful activities, which facilitate exploration into how color relates to community . Visitors at each destination adapt the inside and outside of the van using an array of color related items. These items include glowing neon wire, cling paper, velcro shapes, magnets and fabric. Visitors may turn on neon wire, cut shapes out of cling paper, apply velcro to the seats and walls and/or choose from an assortment of colorful fabrics to cover the interior. They consider the color of objects that surround them, such as buildings, people, clothes, food and nature. These observations inspire color patterns and designs that represent the current environment. Visitors of all ages are welcome and encouraged to create things they never thought they would or never thought they could. Every visitor’s unique color story is archived and supplimented with their personal audio recording or a written record. Meet us at one of our locations to participate in this fun-filled exploration and be sure let us how you think color relates to culture, communication and perception.

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Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


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