I have always been fascinated by the planning and craft that goes into making even the simplest neon signs. The unbroken lines’ connections and the warm hum lure me in like a moth to a flame. For quite some time I have wanted to learn the specialized skill that goes into creating a neon sign and thought perhaps my turn at Maker Studio Friday was the opportunity to do so.
My original plan was to bring my colleagues to a neon sign-making workshop, exposing them to harmful chemicals, fire and a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately, that idea was more flawed than I could ever have imagined so I instead brought the neon to them. Sort of.
Using battery powered EL light wire, crazy glue and illustration boards, we created a menagerie of light. First sketching our words and shapes, being sure not to lift the pencil and create a continuous line, then laying the wire to follow, crimping for sharp turns and bending for soft curves.
I was happy to see everyone embrace this form of illuminated self-expression and then to later see their finished pieces shared on their Instagram stories.
This summer at ThoughtMatter, we’re ending every week with a “Maker Studio Friday” activity. During each session, a different studio member leads us through a hands-on activity that results in each of us having made something with our hands and minds. The activities help us keep our minds open, and pushes us to create better and more innovative work for our clients.