The idea behind our traditional toy making workshops is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in the joy of simple mechanics. Your teacher Brittany Nicole Cox, a professional clock and watchmaker, will teach you to create moving scenes using things like cardboard, straws, tissue, and more. Explore the history of time keeping, find out how gear loops work, and discover the whimsy of mechanical devices.
You’ll start with an instruction sheet to follow for basic systems – you can play it safe with proven designs or branch out on your own to create a unique toy all your own!
We offer these activities for groups of all ages. You pick the time – and we’ll supply the materials! We can come to you or you can schedule a private class at the Memoria Technica workshop where you’ll get a tour of the machinery used in a past era to create mechanical objects.
We offer group sessions on Saturdays where you’ll meet other interested folks! Sundays are set aside for parties of 10 of your friends! Message us if you want to set up a special time or arrangement. You’ll take home at least one toy, an instruction sheet, and our monthly workshop zine!
No previous experience necessary. If you want to get more involved in the mechanical aspect of these toys, you can sign up for our introduction to engine turning!