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Art + Design

Barbara Schoenoff: A hidden treasure in Champaign

Places like Champaign-Urbana have many hidden human treasures, people who have achieved wide recognition in their own fields and yet are unknown to the rest of us. Barbara Schoenoff is one such treasure, a doll-maker of high repute.

A new addition to Surface 51

Doesn't every office need a robot? Julie learns about this creative collaboration between Surface 51 and Taylor Studios.

Lincoln Bookbindery: Ageless tech

The best technologies are indispensable and timeless. Emilio visited the Lincoln Bookbindery in Urbana and discussed the tools and techniques they use to create books that are both fine examples of utilitarian craftsmanship and beautiful works of art.