Custom Cardboard Lanterns

from Women.Design.Build


There are about a zillion things made with cardboard. From moving boxes and cereal boxes to pretend spaceships and architectural models. The possibilities are endless. So why stop at lighting? Artist Agustina Rodriguez was so inspired by this mundane material that she went ahead and started her own lighting company called Agi Miagi. In her line of cardboard fixtures, Agustina “brings new life to the ordinary materials from which they’re made.” They are clean and simple forms crafted cleverly, all while incorporating a material that we use daily. The tool she uses to build these wonderful, light emitting sculptures? A computer and a laser cutter.

In this Custom Cardboard Lantern workshop, Agustina will share her craft by teaching participants how to design and build their very own cardboard lantern.

Agustina will first walk participants through the process of designing their desired lantern shape. We’ll then work to digitize each participant's shape by drawing it on the computer. Next, the computer will talk to the laser cutter, telling it to cut the shape into the corrugated cardboard. Once the shapes are cut, participants will assemble their lanterns with the provided materials. Then, voila! A beautiful custom cardboard lantern is complete!

All materials are included in the price of this workshop (including: cardboard, lightbulb, and fixture).

This workshop is for designers and non-designers alike. No previous tool or computer skills are required.

Come to have fun and make something beautiful.


Agustina Rodriguez is the founder of Agi Miagi and has a background in art and architecture. She co-founded BBIITT in 2009. BBIITT is a partner business that dedicates itself to providing design and production services using digital fabrication technologies.


Annie Welbes is a certified Permaculture designer. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Appropriate Technology from Humboldt State University, in addition to many years experience as a farmer and gardener. While living in California she worked on a small organic CSA and market farm, a commercial organic lettuce farm, as well as doing her own urban edible landscape design, & installation. In Austin, she started Subsist to Resist where she offers an alternative to typical landscaping in Austin. She specializes in integrating edibles into the landscape to create delectable outdoor rooms, culinary and medicinal herb gardens, urban orchards, and year-round vegetable gardens.


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