The Art of Tinkering - the exhibition catalogue from The Exploratorium, San Francisco available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Art of Tinkering

Sale price £22.95 Regular price £28.00

'This book is not just a must-read, it’s a must-make' - Make

The Art of Tinkering

The Art of Tinkering comes from the Tinkering Studio in the Exploratorium, San Francisco's renowned museum of science, art, and human perception and is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing.

The book features over 150 makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work and encourages readers to do some tinkering themselves.  Each artist featured in the book shares the backstory behind their own work, whether it's sharing their favourite tools or offering a glimpse of their workspaces. The stories, lessons, and tips in The Art of Tinkering offer a fascinating portrait of today's maker scene. 

  • Author: Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich, Co-Directors, Tinkering Studio at The Exploratorium in San Francisco
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Date published: March 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1616286095
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm
'The book showcases 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science and technology and captures that infectious maker spirit I so deeply love. Inside you'll not only find profiles of important makers but also how you can start tinkering around and explore making things from soft circuits, wire art, puppets, mark-making machines, fused fashion and more' - Coquette 

'If you know someone who loves making or Maker Faire or the Exploratorium or just the delightful little moments of everyday life, make sure this book makes it into their hands. And don’t forget to top your gift with an LED and a 9v battery, so that your happy recipient can tinker right away with the conductive ink on the cover' - Make Magazine 

'What an incredible book! At every page, the "making" parts of my brain are activated and I'm compelled into the shop to try versions of the suggested projects. I wish, WISH that this book existed when I was young. Hell, I wish I had it when my kids were younger. A must-read for every maker!'  - Adam Savage, Mythbusters

'I absolutely fell in love with all the geniuses in the Tinkering Studio. I may contract some of the them to build me a home inside the museum so I can I live there and learn forever!' - Reggie Watts, comedian