This. We are so excited Paper Punk will be creating an instillation at TEDActive 2013 and caught up with Grace Hawthorne, creater and founder of Paper Punk, to get a glimpse of what’s in store for the conference. Since she will be attending the conference, she also answered some Around the Campfire profile questions, too.
Can you tell us a little bit about Paper Punk and how you came up with the idea for this product?
Paper Punk is a Lego and origami mashup that serves up fun and easy doses of creativity for ages 6-99+. With a few simple folds, flat sheets of paper transform into bold, 3D hollow paper blocks to create spectacular looking paper toys and art forms. It was founded with a simple ambition – to enable people to exercise their creativity and make things with their hands. My pursuit for inspiring creativity in others began by launching ReadyMade a decade ago. Paper Punk is the next chapter of this journey to address the increasing need for hands-on making experiences.
When the grad students in my d.school class had trouble toggling between the 2D and 3D world with a simple dimensional exercise and when I saw third grade boys swarm the one kid with a hand-held playstation during a break at an indoor chess tournament on a perfectly sunny day, I realized that people needed a simple way to stay connected to the tangible world. Making reflects our human need to retain contact with nature, with ourselves, and with each other. Regardless of any amazing technological gizmo or app to come, our hands combined with our minds will still remain the most potent, reliable tool for innovation in the 21st century.
We’re so excited you’re creating an experience at TEDActive. Can you give us a little tease for what to expect?
I am sooooo excited about the experience I’m cooking up for TEDActive in February 2013. Simply put, the installation will be part inspiration (me) and part perspiration (you). Everyone will get to play to their inner child, Gehry, Rauschenberg, and da Vinci to make paper building blocks and express the intangible. Imagine translating elements of the human condition into a free form 3D paper assemblage! No matter how the installation turns out, the experience is going to be both gratifying and FUN.
Hmm, holidays are coming up… how can we get Paper Punk?
Paper Punk is a wonderfully fun under-$20 stocking stuffer. People can find our kits at specialty stores worldwide and online. http://paperpunk.com/store/
Grace’s Around the Campfire Profile:
Where are you from?
I hail from the sunny suburbs of Southern California, but have made the rugged redwoods in Nor Cal my home.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
I have three favorite places:  walking the shores of Stinson Beach, CA where you have mountains on one side and the ocean on the other;  on the sofa with my two kids nuzzled under each arm watching a movie;  in my studio, music blaring, making something.
What interests you?
Colors, textures, light, food, music, art, the great outdoors, story telling and the complexity of human nature.
What problem are you trying to solve?
How to keep people connected to the tangible world + How to increase people’s creative capacity.
What’s your favorite TED Talk?
My favorite TED talk, still, after all these years is Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight. I’ve seen it numerous times and it never fails to stir me.