For all you creative and artistic people out there, check out the Seattle Mini
Maker Faire on June 8 – 9! While not just for the technologically and
scientifically inclined, projects at this year’s fair include unique and
artistic hands-on projects.
Some of the best directors started out with a good story and a small budget. Try your hand at Tabletop Moviemaking! The structure for this workshop is informal, where people can drop-in, make a movie and then check out more of the fair. To speed things up, all the backgrounds, characters and props are laser perforated so you could easily pop them out and stage it in minutes.
You can learn a new skill and practice in a supportive workshop at “Circuits from Simple Things.” Add LEDs to paper and fabric using ordinary household items! Tamara Clammer, Doer: Maker Advocate at Brown Paper Tickets, leads a hands-on activity where each visitor will draw a picture and add a circuit using an LED, aluminum tape, and a 3V battery. Learn the basics of e-textiles from Fay Shaw of bitwise E-textiles; visitors will use jewelry tools to prepare LEDs and sew circuits with conductive thread. This is a perfect workshop to try something new and practice your artisanal skills! Come check it out!
Another great garage project is “Scroll Wood Shop,” by Cliff Nelson. Mr. Nelson “cuts 16-24 piece jigsaw puzzles out of postage stamps glued to plywood, pentomino and hexiamond math puzzles that use 12 natural hardwoods for animal shapes of my own design, and jigsaw coasters that marry function with the beauty of natural wood grain.”
He plans to “demonstrate how he makes his puzzles with his scroll saw and will even provide fairgoers with a kit that provides clear instructions about how they can make their own intricate puzzles using scroll saws”. This project is a great one for anyone who enjoys woodworking and do-it yourself projects!
And last but not least, for all of you who love to build things out of paper, then “Artigami Flights of Fantasy” is the place for you! Learn how to construct wreaths, kites, crystals, aircrafts, and castles from Miss Karah Pino of the organization, “Unwind your Mind and Get Creative!” You will leave with a whole new knowledge of the mathematical, scientific, and creative aspects of crafting origami, and will get to take home several new trinkets that you can play around with and share with friends!
So, for all of you aspiring artists out there, take some time at the start of summer to participate in the workshops at Seattle Mini Maker Faire! You’ll get to learn and make some really neat art projects, and you never know what will get your creative juices flowing.
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
On March 3rd we hosted a workshop to help local makers design their booths and get ideas for interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. We will repeat the class in late April or early May. Here are some highlights from the workshop:
Key points: A few signs will help attendees understand your project, but don’t let the signs form a barrier between you and the public. Open shelving gives you more vertical space to display parts, projects, tools and components. Practice setting up your exhibit at home and test your hands-on activities with friends and kids.
Key points: Let people see and touch. Show some interesting raw materials, show what things look like in-process, half-way done, and parts that broke during your design trials. Let the public experience the process of making with all of their senses! Great hands-on activities are ones that simplify the process to their essential components or symbolize complex things with simple analogs, for example make strings of beads as an analog for protein chains.
Exhibit what a group of geeks can accomplish with a little sharing of ideas, tools, and space.
Thank you to Steven Bradford, videographer, from the Seattle Film Institute.
-Christin Boyd, Producer, Seattle Mini Maker Faire
We try to describe Maker Faire on the About page, but it’s hard to describe something this dynamic. So here’s a video of the Kansas City Mini Maker Faire to help you feel the excitement!