Seattle Mini Maker Faire is just two months away, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to our Maker Faire intern, Ethan.
Ethan is the youngest producer of a Maker Faire in the world. As a junior in high school, he organized and produced the first Wenatchee Mini Maker Faire. The Wenatchee faire is now in its third consecutive year, and Ethan has handed leadership to a new group of high schoolers each year since its creation, keeping the event entirely student run.
Ethan currently attends the University of Washington pursuing a degree in informatics. In his free time he likes to work on innovative projects in the developing maker spaces at UW. Currently he is experimenting with woodworking projects that integrate electronics with wooden construction. He is excited to join the Seattle Mini Maker Faire team because he loves the Maker Movement and everything it represents. He is especially excited to see how he can contribute to the vibrant and well-known Seattle Maker community, and he looks forward to serving as part of the team that helps bring attention to those makers.
Check back on the blog often! Ethan will be sharing exclusive interviews with some of this year’s Makers leading up to the Faire on September 16 and 17.
Seattle Mini Maker Faire is back and bigger than ever.
Buy early bird tickets before September 2 and save on admission to the greatest show (and tell) on Earth.
This year’s celebration of the Maker movement will feature more than 130 Makers presenting their passion projects, new tech, super skills, and the latest in DIY, along with live performances, interactive attractions, and hands-on experiences.
We’re thrilled to introduce you to some of the innovators you’ll see around this jam-packed two-day event:
You can meet even more Makers on our Meet the Makers page. And don’t forget to check back often! The full lineup will be announced this August.
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Maker Fabienne Serriere’s (a.k.a. fbz) company, KnitYak, began as a crowdfunding project in the summer of 2015 to support her dream of creating a mathematically generated knitwear company.
Generative knitwear is the process of creating patterned knit items (KnitYak makes scarves and wraps) using software and an industrial knit machine. The algorithmically generated patterns fbz’s codes are completely unique, so every KnitYak piece is one-of-a-kind. In fact, each KnitYak scarf comes with the specific code and generating row used to make that pattern. This way customers can reorder the exact item, or they can use that information to make their own complimentary pieces on a knitting machine or by hand.
Fbz’s original crowdfunding campaign was a success with nearly 800 backers helping her reach her goal. This support allowed her to acquire an industrial knitting machine and start an on-demand textile business like no one has seen before.
In February 2016 fbz was a presenter at Music, Art & Machine Intelligence, a conference hosted by Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence group in San Francisco. Check out fbz’s presentation on her work below.
Seattle Mini Maker Faire is only three months away, but if you can’t wait to start tinkering, building, inventing, or creating, the National Week of Making (#WeekofMaking) kicks off on June 16. Organized by the nonprofit organization Nation of Makers, the week will highlight the diversity of Makers big and small, young and old, urban and rural, throughout the country. Makers are encouraged to participate in activities taking place in their local communities to celebrate the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of Makers.
As part of the national week of making, Seattle’s SoDo Maker Space is hosting the LipSync Buildathon, Sunday June 18, 10:00am–4:30pm. The Buildathon “connects a person with a disability to makers” to build the LipSync, an open source assistive technology, which enables a person with no use of their hands to use a touchscreen device with a mouth-operated joystick that controls an onscreen cursor.
Teams will be given tools and parts, then work together to assemble, solder, 3D-print components, transfer the code onto an Arduino board, and mount the device to a wheelchair. The teams will be supported by the LipSync creators, the Neil Squire Society, and their new program, Makers Making Change: connecting makers to people with disabilities to create open-source assistive technologies.
Bluthe is a “terrifying” six-foot tall Theo Jansen-inspired animatronic robot with an articulated neck; moving head and jaws; eyes that swivel, flash and blink; and a mouth that breathes fire created by 12-year-old Anantika Mannby for the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire.
One of most incredible things about Maker Faire is the range of projects and makers. From youth makers to makers representing major tech companies in the area, everyone is a maker and can learn and be inspired by the range of projects.
Don’t hesitate if you are thinking about applying!
Maker Faire audiences are enthusiastic and want to see and talk about all kinds of projects! Whatever it is you like to make, we encourage everyone to show it off to more than 6,000 enthusiastic attendees at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. We can’t wait to see what you do. Apply by June 26!
Here are a few examples of the wide range of projects from the past:
Stranger IOThings Wall, created by Makerologist, is a replica of the alphabet wall from the hit Netflix TV series, Stranger Things. Attendees can spell out messages on the wall using a mobile application. This popular installation was displayed at last year’s Mini Maker Faires in Portland and Seattle, has made appearances at MoPoP events, and was featured in MAKE Magazine.
In 2015, 10-year-old Aditi Mannby (Bluthe maker Anantika Mannby’s sister) brought the hover cart: a motorized creation that combined the propulsion and movement methods of hovercraft and electrical ground vehicles. When the hovercraft is active, it lifts the cart’s wheels lift off the ground, and when it is turned off, batteries and an electric motor allow the vehicle to be driven like a go-kart.
In 2015, Liz Gasper provided a chance for attendees to experience the convergence of art, science, and sustainability as they dipped their fingers in pulp made entirely of clean recycled materials. Guests were invited to make their own gorgeous piece of handmade paper to take home in this hands-on art workshop.
In 2015, a maker from IoT at Microsoft brought a giant light-up keyboard for guests to play on.
Artist Ryan Feddersen created an interactive wire frame sculpture. Guests were invited to add colored ribbons throughout the weekend to complete the figure.
One of our favorites! Proving that you can make something awesome out of the everyday, Couch Armada pieced together the guts from two mobility scooters, fifteen meters of RGB strips for lighting, four speakers, and a subwoofer to build the mobile living room piece, Couch Chaisse.
Thank you to all the makers that make our world a better and more exciting, joyful place! We can’t wait to see what you bring to 2017.
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…)