ASC TinkerFest to feature UAPB demonstrations on textiles, fashion

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences


TinkerFest will feature hands-on activities including mask making, clothing design, bicycle repair and 3-D printing demonstrations.

Costume design, 3-D printing and stop-motion animation are just a few of the hands-on activities planned for TinkerFest, Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. The free event will include demonstrations by ASC staff, local artists and faculty and students of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Merchandising, Textiles and Design (MTD) Program, as well as “tinkering” stations where community youth can get creative with a variety of design media.

At the UAPB Textile Science Studio, participants will learn about the basics of textiles and clothing design. Demonstration topics include mask making, fiber carding, wool spinning, garment draping and fiber identification using a microscope. Members of the UAPB Fashion Network will speak about garment design and display some of their original apparel.

ASC activities include workshops on art, bicycle repair and 3-D printing, as well as a trip to Mindbender Mansion, an exhibit of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges.

“TinkerFest is a unique event that combines the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with artistic creativity,” Dr. Lenore Shoults, executive director for the ASC, said. “The event is inspired by the ‘maker movement,’ an increasingly popular trend of creating artistic works from any raw material, including discarded electronics and plastics.”

In addition to making for a fun day for younger kids, the demonstrations will provide college students with knowledge of some of the latest trends in art and design, Dr. Kaye Crippen, professor of the MTD Department at UAPB, said.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to partner with the ASC to give students experience and introduce them to new concepts that they will find valuable in the future,” she said.

The event is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Community Foundation and the Arkansas Discovery Network, which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

The Arts and Science Center, located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free.

Support for the ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibitions are offered through ASC’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

For additional information on ASC events, contact Hilary Hatley at 870-536-3375 or For invitations and information visit and sign up for the free e-mail list.

For more information on the MTD program at UAPB, contact Dr. Kaye Crippen at (870) 575-8367 or


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