Craft & Design
MAKE Asks: Artists


MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Whether their media is traditional, interactive, computer-based, or otherwise, what artists influence and inspire you as a maker?

I have made many projects based on audiocassette tapes, and Nam June Paik was one of the first to implement this material as a medium in art. He created “tape wallpaper” that the user could interact with using a handheld box with a tape head on it.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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