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Paint your own Flying Martha with Haptic Lab

  • Haptic Lab Pop-Up 287 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States (map)
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Paint your own Flying Martha with Haptic Lab

Join Haptic Lab at our 10th anniversary Pop-Up and paint the wings of your own Flying Martha Ornithopter. Named after the last passenger pigeon, Martha, who died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914, the Flying Martha Ornithopter is a simple mechanical toy powered by a rubber band.

To fly, simply wind up the bird and gently release like a paper airplane. When not in use, the Flying Martha is a charming companion displayed in your home.

All Flying Martha Ornithopters will be 50% off for the event.

Haptic Lab is an interdisciplinary design studio founded by Brooklyn architect Emily Fischer in 2009. Specializing in tactile and sensory design, our custom handmade objects and spaces are designed to playfully explore the sense of touch and feel. Emily made her first quilted maps when her mother was diagnosed with glaucoma; these early projects were meant to be wayfinding tools for the visually impaired.

Haptic designs counter the rapid digitization of our lives by privileging the real, physical world our bodies occupy. Like a cane that safely guides someone down the sidewalk, our projects serve as tools for sensation. We make intricate quilts, kites, and objects that combine new technologies with traditional craft techniques -- infusing a sense of play and timelessness into everything we make.  

The Haptic Lab team is comprised of a small group of craft artisans, designers and tinkerers. Drawing upon our diverse creative skill sets, we seek to change the world of producing goods to bring about transparency, simplicity, sustainability and consciousness.

Earlier Event: September 14
Hudson Valley Textile Tour: Design Library
Later Event: September 14
Open Studio: Helena Hernmarck