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

section Section I|3 pages

Play and Hacking

chapter 2|3 pages

The Joy of Tinkering

chapter 3|3 pages

The Sewing Rebellion

chapter 4|3 pages

Tinkering with Change

A Makerspace at a University Art Museum

chapter 5|5 pages

Material Inquiry

Digital Materials, People, and the Relationships Between Them

chapter 6|6 pages

Pedagogy of the Hack

El Rancho Electrónico and the Culture of Surveillance

chapter 7|4 pages

Makerspaces in a University Art and Design Context

Resourcing the Adult Imagination

chapter 9|2 pages

Maker Ed

Shifting Vision, Culture, and Systems

chapter 10|3 pages

Empty Bowls, Full Minds

Connecting Classroom Learning to Empirical Experiences

chapter 11|4 pages

Jugaad in Innovative Making and Crafting in India

Examining the Work of Sanjeev Shankar

chapter 12|4 pages

What Spinning Teaches Me

section Section II|3 pages

Access and Equity

chapter 13|5 pages

Do-It-Yourself Movement

A Perspective from a Brazilian Craft Context

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

chapter 15|5 pages

Contradiction and Answering Back

Trickster in the Makerspace for People with Disabilities

chapter 16|3 pages

Beyond the Manifestos

Equity and Learning in Makerspaces

chapter 17|4 pages

Artmakerspace as Tactical Pedagogy

Meaningful Making in a Studio Art Context

chapter 19|2 pages

Cave of Secrets

chapter 20|5 pages

Thinking in Water

The Process of Collaborative Craft as Social Practice

chapter 21|4 pages

Two Queer Academics Walk into a Makerspace

Hacking Patriarchy and Knowledge

chapter 22|2 pages


Makerspaces, Democracy, Anarchism, and Education

section Section III|3 pages

Interdependence and Interdisciplinarity

chapter 23|3 pages


Sewing Together the Borderlands, Sowing Interdependence

chapter 24|4 pages

Patterns of Repair

Sewing with Court-Involved Teens

chapter 25|3 pages

Embroidered Narratives

Threads of the Selfie

chapter 26|4 pages

The Innovation Institute

Making Progress

chapter 28|3 pages

A Letter to my Son

chapter 29|2 pages

Mongolian Artists and Craft

chapter 30|3 pages

Queering Craft

Nick Cave

chapter 32|4 pages

Feminist Visual Tactics

chapter 33|3 pages

Maker Culture in Nepal

Making vs. making

section Section IV|4 pages

Cultural and Environmental Sustainability

chapter 34|3 pages

Sacred Makers

chapter 35|4 pages

The (Re)Making of Culture

Annotations of Practices in Secondary School Art in Singapore

chapter 36|4 pages

Local Roots

Bridging Southern Craft and Museum Audiences through Materials and Engagement

chapter 41|3 pages

From a Lost Paradise to an Elusive Utopia

Crafts and Sustainability

chapter 42|4 pages

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

Maker Culture as a Method for a Sustainable Future

chapter 43|5 pages

The Walls Tell the Story

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

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)

chapter 47|3 pages

Taxi Fabric

We the Living

chapter 49|3 pages

Developing a Collective Learning Arts Space

Implications for Art Educators in Diverse Settings

chapter 51|4 pages

Social Utopia

Craft and Progress

chapter 53|5 pages

Error Against the Machine

The Human Case for Leisurely Imperfection

chapter 54|4 pages

On Being Inconsequential

Making, Craft, and Liquid Leisure