Tell us about yourself.
We’re 4th generation mechanical engineering siblings. We grew up in rural northern Wisconsin with basically our own maker space in the woods. Dad had a machine shop with EVERYTHING that was as big as the house. Making is in our blood.
What are you presenting at Maker Faire Milwaukee?
Lumen Electronic Jewelry re-imagines the humble circuit board into art. Our pieces incorporate twinkling LED lights with tiny solar panels to power them. Hours of blinky, no batteries. We have pre-made jewelry from $15-$200 as well as soldering kits for all levels.
Why is making important to you?
Robin – I enjoy making something with my hands, I get a joy jolt every time something actually works!
Marty – ‘Cause Making. I can get what I really want, not only what is available.
What was the first thing you remember making?
So hard to remember, we’ve both been makers since pre-natal.
Robin – I loved origami as a kid. I was constantly folding any paper I could get my hands on.
Marty – At 10 I made an all wheel drive all wheel steer remote control LEGO car. It used the old-school power box. I used a bendy straw as the bellows instead of a universal joint.
What have you made that you are most proud of?
Robin – It was in an aerospace job and top secret, so I’d have to kill you if I told you. HA! But seriously, Lumen is my favorite. I use all my talents every day and I love it: artistic, engineering, teaching, strategic planning.
Marty – Well, everything lol. Currently its the all-wheel drive motorcycle, its the big and flashy one. I works really well. The drive-line layout is on its 2nd generation, suspension on its 4th or 5th generation. It’s taken a lot of voodoo, trial and error. Makes even a novice look good
Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
Robin – Starship Enterprise. I want to travel to other planets faster than light and have no time dilation!
Marty – Laser heat exchanger rockets. Pretty damn cool.