It started with paper and a glue gun, and since then the projects have become larger and started to move and blink. Tovah Parnes is Luleå’s uncrowned Maker Queen.

The most fun things to make, according to Tovah, are wearables with effects that stands out
The most fun things to make, according to Tovah, are wearables with effects that stands out

Last autumn Tovah Parnes was at the Maker Faire in New York. On her head she wore her own design, a tiara with a butterfly that fluttered with 3D printed wings. Her work attracted the attention of an exhibitor and Maker Movement blogger who then wrote about Tovah on her blog.

“At home most people think of it as strange flashing clothes, while the most common reaction at the Maker Faire in New York was – Wow, how did you do that?”.

Tovah has always liked to make things. She paints, draws, writes, reads and sews. That she got into making was probably because she’s always been kind of a nerd where her interests were concerned. And also that her father bought a 3D printer. Many of the things that Tovah creates contain technical aspects like blinking, moving or shooting lightning.

“My interest in technology has increased since I started Making and I realized how much is possible. The first thing I made was a flashing tiara".

The most fun things to make, according to Tovah, are wearables with effects that stand out.

“Right now I’m Making a fairy costume for myself that I will wear at my first LARP (live action role-playing game) in Småland. I have sewn a dress, made elf ears and bought a wig with very long hair".

The creation process often begins when Tovah gets an idea. She then searches the net to see if others have done something similar, and looks for inspiration on how to proceed. The social channel,
Pinterest, is a recurring source of inspiration.

“If you are interested in Making, I think you should start by doing some minor projects. Do something that you are interested in and that feels fun.”

Tovah says that many associate Making with nerds and that it is often seen as being synonymous with boys. It’s important that girls also feel included, and dare to try Making. I try to get more people interested by showing that Making can be used for a lot of things.

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Text: Amanda Karlsson

Photo: Susanne Lindholm