A pop-up event in Japantown, San Jose, April 27th, 2014 (9:30am-1:30pm)
Second pop-up event: Educator Meet-Up at Maker Faire, San Mateo, May 15th (4:00pm- 7:00pm)


Explore: 3D printing at 5th and Jackson Street in San Jose on April 27th from 9:30am-1:30pm. (It will be set up right next to Roy's Station).

Watch 3D printing in action as small Japanese netsuke are printed and given to the public. To learn more about the project, visit the Okada Design blog and this posting. To learn more about netsuke, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website.

Netsuke are carved objects that functioned as counter weights to the purses that Japanese  men hung from their obi belts. Netsuke often were whimsical and reflected the personality and interests of the wearer.

During the Edo peroid, netsuke grew into a refined craft as the merchant class wore them to express their status and wealth without breaking strict clothing regulations for their class.

Cell phone dangles and zipper pulls can be seen as modern day netsuke.

Select: a netsuke design or create one in Tinkercad. The Tinkercad collection of netsuke designs to select from are: a mouse, a frog, a plum blossom or a Dr. Who netsuke. (If you make your own in Tinkercad, just be sure to design it with a hole in it). We will be using glow in the dark filament for printing. If you create your own netsuke follow the Tinkercad instructions for this project.

Personalize: Once your 3D object is printed, select a colored cord to thread through your netsuke. You can also add a bead.

This is a project designed and conducted by Corinne Okada Takara.
Netsuke designs created by Cole, Emily and Corinne Takara.
http://www.okadadesign.com/ corinne@okadadesign.com

The goal of this project is to introduce the public to 3D printing in a fun and informal setting out on the street. In the future, I hope to secure grant funding to do these informal learning pop-up events to bring life to empty lots and unexpected public spaces.

The project grew out of A Serving of Shapes, an 3D printing art exploration and installation conducted in collaboration with the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University.