The following is a profile of Louise Krasniewicz, instructor of Arts and Tech: Make Your Own Belmar Souvenir, Comic Book or Teacup Garden — three single-session workshops being offered as part of the Belmar Community Makerspace Summer Maker Program.

BELMAR, NJ —Louise Krasniewicz is a professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in popular culture, new media, comic books, and the use of 3D and virtual reality technology for research.

She is also an artist with an expertise in miniature photography, small-scale models, 3D printing and laser cutting, miniature gardening, costuming and cosplay — the relatively new term for dressing in costumes to role-play characters from movies, TV shows, books, comics and video games.

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Krasniewicz has published biographies of Walt Disney, Johnny Depp and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is currently writing and designing three graphic novels based on amazing historic women from the 19th century.

About Arts and Tech: Make Your Own Belmar Souvenir, Comic Book or Teacup Garden

During each one-session workshop, Krasniewicz will lead participants in making their own Belmar souvenirs with 3D printed parts, comic books or miniature teacup gardens.

Below is the schedule for the sessions, which will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from July 10 through August 14 at the Makerspace, located at Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.

Make a Belmar Souvenir Scene (July 10 and August 7)

Using the Makerspace’s 3D printers, participants will use paint, fabric and miniature accessories to design and assemble a miniature beach chair scene — complete with a Belmar logo’d mini-pillow, a small table, drink glass and your favorite animal.

Adults must accompany children younger than 12. All materials will be supplied. Cost is $10 per person. To register, click here.

Make a Comic Book (July 17 and July 31)

Springboarding off the popularity of movies based on the comics, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to make a high-quality comic book using an easy-to-use computer program or hand-drawings made themselves.

They can feature themselves as superheroes or in some other adventure, by using action or Lego figures, dolls, clipart or photographs taken in class.

No experience is necessary, and all materials will be supplied Adults must accompany children younger than 12. Cost is $10 per person. To register, click here.

Make a Teacup Garden (July 24 and August 14)

In this imaginative workshop, participants will create a tiny fairy world with live miniature plants in a small dish or teacup.

The different styles of fairy gardens will be presented and the importance of scale and choosing the proper plants will be emphasized. All planting soils, stones, and miniature plants, as well as some miniature accessories and a small dish or teacup, will be provided.

Participants also can also bring their own small-scale miniatures, shells, furniture, and tiny accessories or their own teacup or fairy figurine.

No experience is necessary. Adults must accompany children younger than 12. Cost is $10 per person.To register, click here.

Belmar Public Library cards are not necessary to register for courses in the Summer Maker Program.

To learn more about all the create-and-collaborate classes of the Summer Maker Program offered by the Belmar Community Makerspace — a program of the Belmar Public Library — click here.

For more information on the Summer Maker Program or the Belmar Community Makerspace, email library assistant Luis Pulido at

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