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Winner - Gold
Competition: Spark:Fall Concept
Designer: Echo Zhan
Design Type: Toy
Company / Organization / School: Art Center College of Design
Speckle is a crafting tool that mimics the experience of using a sewing machine for kids to create drawings. While reserving the iconic shape of a sewing machine, Speckle replaced the sharp needle with a stamp. Instead of moving fabrics, kids will be moving paper while stepping on the pedal to control how fast the stamp moves up and down. There are Ink pads of different colors that kids can choose and insert into the carrier. This process is also similar to threading the needle when using a sewing machine while making it easier for kids having small hands. Stamps are screwed onto the carrier, making it replaceable. Speckle helps kids get familiar with how to use the sewing machine without the potential risk of hurting their fingers. With speckle, kids can grab a piece of blank paper and create artistic drawings with different patterns and colors. They can also use the template to learn about a certain topic through the process of stamping, which enriches this toy with academic benefits.