This past summer, The New Children's Museum of San Diego invited us to design and make a new set of props for their Improv Studio, a dress up and performance space. We are used to making costumes and props using recycled materials, but this time the challenge was to make something that could be worn over and over by lots of children and adults visiting the museum. The reused materials we usually work with would not withstand the use and abuse [love] of enthusiastic animal art fans in the Improv Studio. Furthermore, the pieces had to fit and be safe for children of all ages. So, for us, this was a wonderful learning experience and we are thankful for it.


The product of our learning was Adaptalimbs, a set of abstract props that are loosely-based on animal parts. Children can wear them in different ways — that’s part of the fun. And they seem to be a hit at the NCM. A month after Adaptalimbs was showcased, the museum asked us to add some more pieces (see the head pieces in the video and to keep designing for their Improv Studio for the rest of their Animal Art exhibit theme. We look forward to creating the next sets of Adaptalimbs.


We finally put all our pictures together in a slide show. If you visit The New Children's Museum in San Diego, let them know if you enjoyed Adaptalimbs.


NOTE: look for the slideshow later this week as I'm having some issues finding cc music for this video :( UPDATE: done :)


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Taken on September 16, 2010