Guest post by wearable art and costume artist Sophy Wong.
Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2016 Was Awesome!
I love Maker Faire because it celebrates all kinds of making—from 3D printing to blacksmithing—in an explosive, frenetic, inspiring weekend. Last year’s Seattle Mini Maker Faire was no exception. I’d been to Maker Faire before, but last year was special for me: it was my first time participating in the Faire as a maker.
As a designer and maker who works with costumes and wearable technology, I spoke on a panel at the faire about wearable art. I wanted to wear something new for the panel, so I made an LED vest that flashed in colorful animated sequences. I worked on it for two straight weeks, and finished it the night before my panel. The vest uses LED strips controlled by an Arduino-powered microcontroller. With a giant battery strapped to my back, I headed to the faire.
Before the faire opened for the day, MoPOP was quiet—exhibitors concentrated on setting up their booths for the thousands of attendees that would pass through. A buzz of excitement was in the air. Soon, people were everywhere—attendees mingled with exhibitors, asking questions, watching demos, and building things to take home. On the Wearable Art panel, we talked about our work and what inspires us to adorn the human body with flowers, fashion, costumes, and technology. I really enjoyed chatting with my fellow panelists and the audience afterward. And then I was off to explore!
The size of the faire has really grown in the last few years. There were so many different projects and makers, and every booth had something new and interesting to learn about. I roamed for hours, talking to the makers and finding out what drove them to bring their ideas to life. One minute I was watching a giant mechanical beast breathe fire into the air, and the next minute I was talking to the people who built it. From 3D printed robots to cardboard bucky balls, every booth had something unexpected and exciting. The young makers were so inspiring—they talked about their projects with enthusiasm and were eager to share their challenges and triumphs.
For a fun peek at the faire, check out the video I made about my experience last year. There were so many amazing things to see and I know that there will be even more this year. What new tools, projects, and makers will be there? If you’ve got a creative, resourceful, innovative project, whether it’s woodworking or modern dance, I encourage you to apply to share it at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!
Last year we welcomed 5,000 enthusiastic attendees and 120 makers presenting projects of all sorts and sizes. Whatever it is you love to make, we want you to show it off at the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire!
As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
We’re seeking makers of all ages including individuals, hobbyist groups, schools, non-profit organizations, and commercial businesses. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.
We hope to see you at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire on September 17-18 at EMP Museum!
Application Deadline: June 20, 2016
Are you interested in shapes? Do you love colors, math or geography? Finally, do you enjoy the new phenomenon in technology of 3-D? Then come check out the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, where amazing makers have produced projects using these shapes, colors, and 3-D technique to make creative achievements in mathematics, geography, and art! First, come check out “ITSPHUN”, a project that “lets you experiment with a system of geometric shapes that will allow you to make anything you want, whether it’s an exotic flower, a hat, tessalations of gyrobifastigiums, or anything in between! Not only will you get to be artistic, but you will get to learn basic concepts of geometry along the way!” says project creator Mircea Draghicescu. A wonderful intersection of mathematics and art, this project provides a variety of shapes and colors that will allow you to create whatever your heart desires! This is the perfect playground for abstract and artistic thinkers and creators.
Next, for the more geographically inclined, come visit “Seattle Wiki ”of Code For Seattle, a project that will allow you to explore and learn about Seattle right at your fingertips-literally! People can add and edit pages on the wiki while also getting to see how close items on the wiki are to them, especially since creator Seth Vincent will be “representing data from the city of Seattle in a physical space, where participants will be able to check out 3-D bar graphs and a map of the city made out of LED’s !” exclaims Code for Seattle’s Seth Vincent. It’s a great way to explore your city and learn about Washington State right at your fingertips-literally. Come by and check out this geographic masterpiece of Seattle, inventively meshing the physical and virtual world! Prepare to be amazed!
Finally, if you just want to take a break from interactive learning and just have some fun, the “Sassy Chessboard” will give you the opportunity to do just that, providing entertainment as it makes a “sassy comment” via twitter for every move you make! Created from 3-D printing and controlled by an arduino, this chessboard uses clever magnets and sensors that interface with a web server to display every move on the chessboard’s website and twitter account. If you’re a chess pro, and are looking for a more social and artistic way to play a chess game with your friends, this is the game for you!
The Seattle Mini Maker Faire features several innovative projects that combine clever technologies, art, geography and mathematics that allow you to learn unique, interesting things about the world and explore new pastimes or hobbies! A hub for amazing intellectual experiences and creative social opportunities, the faire is a great way to broaden your minds and bond with your friends! Come visit this Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th from 10am-6pm!
Over 2,800 people participated in the workshops, interactive exhibits and presentations at Seattle Mini Maker Faire on June 2nd and 3rd at the Seattle Center. We hope you were inspired to make stuff, to join a local maker space, or take apart your old printer and tinker with the components. We gathered links to some videos to further inspire your creativity and kindle your desire to do something that requires safety goggles.
Here’s a little interview with me, Christin Boyd, at the faire and showing how we made Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012. Filmed and edited by Howard Gutknecht.
Technology with Intent crafted this short video showing artistic glimpses at some of the most visual and kinetic activities at Seattle Mini Maker Faire:
We hope you enjoyed meeting the makers at the faire. You can take a class, rent awesome tools, attend a lecture, or join one of the maker groups who exhibited at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. You can contact the makers through the their websites, which are listed on our Makers page.
Your kids can join a FIRST team, the Geek Scouts, or the Science Squad. We had two FIRST Robotics teams at Seattle Mini Maker Faire, Oak Harbor Robotics Club (pictured here) and Team XBot.
It’s hard to justify buying a laser cutter, or building your own metal foundry, so why not rent the workshop space and take a class from a pro at All Metal Arts, Metrix Create: Space, or Pratt Fine Arts Center?
Don’t you NEED a pair of metal wings like the ones from All Metal Arts (pictured below)?
Make something. You’ll be glad you did.
-Christin Boyd, Producer, Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Meet the engineering students of WOOF at Seattle Mini Maker Faire! The Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) is a collaborative and cross-disciplinary group of the University of Washington’s finest engineering students who are dedicated to the advancement of 3D printing technology. Their primary focus is to educate the UW community on additive manufacturing and leverage the collective knowledge of the student body to develop and use 3D printing for the creative, economic, and social benefit of all.
Accessibility to 3D printing at the individual-level will lower barriers to innovation and ultimately change the way people live, work, and create. 3D printing means faster prototyping, unbounded creativity, reduced carbon footprint, and a world where people have greater accessibility to the products they need. At our booth, we will showcase hardware innovations that reflect this vision. Imagine a portable 3D printer that is the size of toaster. Or imagine a 3D printer that can fabricate edible and delectable frosted treats. You are likely to see these innovations and more at Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012. (more…)
You can also find the list of Makers and Workshops on the Makers page.
Unwise Microwave Oven Experiments
Citizens in Space
Electronic Cloud Chamber (Radioactivity!) and Arduino Laser Show
Folk Art painting on recycled objects
Computer Security 101, with Alice & Bob
Thought 2 Thing in an Hour or Less – 3d Design and Print Workshop
The Tesla Gun
Resurrecting old computers