9.29.2012

Bre Pettis and Kio Stark — makers

By Josh


Photo of Bre, Kio, and Nika by Rick Tetzeli

Bre Pettis and Kio Stark, who wrote the “Manifesto of Doing” in UNBORED, are serious about the DIY ethos. Kio, who is author of the novel Follow Me Down, and who teaches at NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), is currently writing a book about learning stuff outside of school. Bre, a former Seattle public school teacher who has created hundreds of video tutorials teaching all sorts of things (from how to make a hovercraft to how to make your own secret compartment book) is CEO and co-founder of MakerBot Industries — which is “democratizing manufacturing,” i.e., making it easier for regular folks who don’t happen to own a factory to manufacture stuff. Bre also started a hackerspace where people share tools and work together on cool projects.

Bre and Kio’s first collaboration was the renowned “Cult of Done Manifesto” (2009), which offered helpful advice to those of who are perfectionists and/or procrastinators, e.g., “Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.” and “Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.” Their second collaboration was UNBORED‘s “Manifesto of Doing.” Their third is a daughter, Nika — shown above inside an astronaut helmet!

Fun facts about Bre and Kio

* Bre used to be a puppeteer.

* Kio knows how to develop film, which no one really uses anymore.

* Bre taught himself to play banjo.

* Kio sometimes wishes she had become a neuroscientist.