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Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I'm an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.

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Excerpt from the article: To the casual passerby, Christopher Jacobs’ backyard shed appears nondescript. But beneath the worn white exterior exist hundreds of switches, blinking lights, computer screens running animations, and a green-screen viewport — all part of a space station movie set Jacobs built himself. Read more »

Burnkit2600 close-up

Circuit bending electronic performers Burnkit2600 were popular at Maker Faire New York last weekend — every time I walked by, they had a rapt audience. Watch a bit of their performance and read group member Thom Uliasz' thoughts about circuit bending in the 90s, the group's musical inspirations, and a... Read more »


At Maker Faire New York this weekend, Puppet Phactory provided interesting-looking junk items for kids to craft into puppets. Puppet Phactory is a collective of artists that have come together to produce a play called "Momma Junk." Check out some of my favorite puppets that were on display. Read more »

Bard Rock

NYC-based Bard rock is a band of traveling players, performing Shakespeare's lyrics for a modern audience. They think Shakespeare rocks! Here they perform lyrics from Act 2, Scene 2 in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Read more »

xraise cornell_maker faire new york 2013

Xraise Cornell is an outreach group that makes interactive devices that demonstrate unusual physics phenomena. Check out this montage video of some of the fun gadgets they brought to Maker Faire New York. My favorite: the microwave with neon bulbs inside that ionize and light up when hit with microwaves. Read more »

Shane Hope makes spectacular nanomolecular 3D-printed art. He's exhibiting at Maker Faire New York this weekend — stop by, check out his work, and say hello! Read more »


SketchUp is partnering with WikiHouse and ShopBot to build a custom house that will serve as their Maker Faire New York booth. Enjoy some snaps from the process so far, and check out the progress as they scramble to assemble the house on site over the next two days! Read more »