As her online alter ego Blitz City DIY, Liz Clark makes videos, music, electronics, 3D prints, tinkers with electronics, and writes code. Even better, she shares it, free of mythology or mystery, so anyone can follow along and learn for themselves. We spoke from a socially responsible distance of 3100 miles, to find out what it’s like to show the world as you teach yourself.
I feel like there’s almost two schools of makers: there’s the ones that are engineers in their daily life, and they do these fun projects on the side, and
there’s also people like me who see these things and think ‘OK, maybe I can do that?’
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