Creativity Unleashed!

Kristin Taveira
What do functioning gears, sturdy dorm furniture and a pair of goggles have in common? They can all be crafted out of cardboard! At a special all-campus event, The Cardboard Carpentry Workshop, FlexSchool students got a crash course in creative cardboard engineering and artistry from entrepreneur Zachary Rotholz -- and then got a chance to put their new skills into action.
Zachary, who holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale and a Masters from the Stanford Design Program, shared his own inspiring story, from falling in love with cardboard as a child playing with refrigerator boxes, to designing custom cardboard equipment for disabled children, to his development of Chairigami, where he creates flat-packing, modular furniture and pop-up environments – all out of cardboard.

Zachary gave live demonstrations – then students applied their new tricks to build cardboard creations of their own.