Bibliocircuitry Project: Baking/Feeling INLS 690 MAKERSPACE, Fall 2020
The stamp proclaims "DONE!". It is to be stamped onto the page of every baking step that follows upon completion of the step. The physical element of stamping as well as the positive reinforcement of the word "DONE!" represent the comfort Laima receives through repetitive baking. Visually, as the stamps fill up the pages, you can see how many times you have executed the steps, adding to your confidence in the process. As the muscle memory grows, the stamps will obliterate the page, erasing the need for steps.
As you flip through the book, you go through four simplified baking steps. The steps are simple because, like Laima, you already understand baking procedure from doing it for so long. Each step is related to an object around the book. As you touch the object (taking care to touch the copper tape to activate the micro-controller) the Circuit Playground Express plays a happy melody and sparkles. This technology represents the joyful emotions of baking. However, one step activates the micro-controller to play the Lithuanian national anthem, Lietuva, Tėvyne Mūsų, and flash the colors of the Lithuanian flag, geltona (yellow), Žalia (green), raudona (red). In this way, Laima's feelings towards her heritage punctuate the mood.
After completing the last baking step, the final page opens up to a hidden, large, paper art pop-up. It is formed of layered newspaper clippings of recipes and handwritten baking instructions. The pop-up represents the immense burst of pride that accompanies finishing the baking process. Sharing your creations through gifting the final product and passing on the recipe are both interpreted through the playful pop-up.