1. Chi-TEK Fever!

    How to tell your tea’s temperature is coming down.


    Join in Chi-TEK – get your teapot hacks to us at info@mztek.org and we’ll post them on our website :)


    Just a quick hack I made up today :) Really good for showing that you should be getting on with some tea drinking before it’s to late!

    We’d like to say a big thanks to our friends at sugru! They have given us a load of packs of sugru to give away with donations to our Chi-TEK project. :) Thats the green stuff sticking the thermometer to the side of the teapot. It’s indestructible when it sets, so will stay on through the wash and is heat proof – which is good for teapots.

    Get a sample of sugru when you donate £10 to Chi-TEK! :)

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  2. Chi-TEK Funding Campaign

    Please help raise money for Chi-TEK, a brilliant women’s art and technology project by MzTEK, involving technologically modified teapots!

    The project involves techi tea related workshops for women, a show case of tea pots and a tea party in the V&A garden, which you are all invited to.

    We have set up a sponsorship page here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Chi-TEK with a chance to get a limited edition Chi-TEK goodie as a thank you. ;o)

    There are only have 10 days to go, so don’t miss out!


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  3. Raffle to Win a Place on Shiver My Teacup Workshop

    Would you like to register for the Shiver My Teacup for as little as £3? Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win free registration – an £80 value!

    [This raffle is now over]

    To enter, just give us some details below and pay £3 via Paypal by clicking below on the Pay Now button. (To purchase multiple raffle tickets, update the quantity of tickets you would like. Each ticket has an equal chance to win, more tickets means more chances. Your odds of winning are dependent on the number of tickets you purchase and the total number of tickets purchased.)

    We will draw a winner 5 April. If we have not received your payment by the time of the draw, you will not be eligible and will not be entered into the contest. Anyone can enter the drawing, but only women can attend the workshop. The winner can transfer the free workshop registration to someone else if they cannot attend themselves.

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  4. The Chi-TEK Project

    MzTEK is currently undertaking a new project—The Chi-TEK Project—to coincide with Digital Week and the Craft Council’s Makers Fair this autumn.

    But you can already start to participate.  Shiver My Teacup, a workshop led by Katrin Baumgarten, will teach participants how to hack kitchen crockery with Arduinos and sensors. The final pieces will go on display at the V&A Sackler Centre, alongside works by leading women in the fields of art and technology.

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  5. Shiver My Teacup

    We are very excited that our amazing April workshop will be held at the V&A Sackler Centre.

    Come and transform your favorite/least favorite teacup and saucer into an interactive art work which shivers when your tea is getting cold or shakes when you get too close!

    Bring along your own teacup and saucer to modify using the Arduino board, sensors, motors and Arduino software.

    This workshop is part of the MzTEK project Chi-TEK, a celebration of women working in arts and technology, and offers a tongue in cheek show case of what women can really achieve around a kitchen table. A selection of teacups made in this workshop will be displayed as part of the Chi-TEK showcase in the V&A Sackler Centre throughout September and October.

    Post-workshop Materials

    This was a fantastic workshop, a BIG thank you to Katrin for such an informative and fun day! And thanks too to Irini at the V&A for being so helpful and letting us take over the art room for a day.

    For anyone who would like to try this workshop at home, check out the Workshop Materials page HERE

    Where & When

    Saturday 9 April 2011, 10.30-17.00
    Victoria and Albert Museum, Sackler Centre
    Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


    £80, £64 concessions. All materials are provided, except the teacup and saucer, which students are required to bring.
    Or enter our raffle for a chance to win a free place!

    To Register

    All bookings to be made through the V&A. Please call 020 7942 2211 to book or sign up through the web site.


    This workshop is for women only.  No prior programming or electronics experience required but computer literacy essential.

    The Instructor

    This workshop will be lead by the amazing Katrin Baumgarten. Katrin is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Her projects revolve around human-technology-interaction and explore future possibilities within technology and art. She is enthusiastic and passionate about the cross-over of art, design and technology.

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