About Cranky Heart Automata

Cecilia Schiller is the award-winning creator of Cranky Heart Automata, laser-cut wooden kits that snap together to create whimsical animated sculptures. Parts are cut from high-quality Baltic Birch Plywood and designed for a friction fit – pieces fit and hold together with pressure from your fingers or soft taps from a hammer. Kits are completely manufactured in the USA with no plastic parts or packaging.

Cranky Heart Automata Kits are appropriate for ages 10+ or younger with guidance from a caring adult.

To paint? Or not to paint?

Your Cranky Heart Automata kit looks great with its natural wood finish. But if you love color, you can add it with paints or markers. Paint markers are easiest and don’t leave buildup that can interfere with the moving parts. Try Arteza Real Brush Pens. You can also use acrylic or watercolor paints.

About the Artist: Cecilia has been making custom one-of-a-kind automata since 2009. She also teaches classes for adults at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. To learn more about her classes and see her original one-of-a-kind creations, visit CeciliaSchiller.com

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This project was made possible with the help of a grant from the Minnesota Stat Arts Board.

Cecilia Schiller is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.