Meet Our Maker Faire Intern Ethan Toth

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.

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Maker Spotlight: Fabienne Serriere

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.

Her original idea has created quite a buzz. Since its inception, KnitYak has been featured in dozens of publications like GeekWire, Scientific American, and Glamour.

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.

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Bluthe at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

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!

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Here are a few examples of the wide range of projects from the past:

STRANGER IOTHINGS WALL

Makeroloist Stranger Things at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

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.

HOVER CART

Hovercart at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

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.

HANDMADE PAPER RECYCLING MAGIC

Recycled Paper at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

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.

MICROSOFT MAKERS

Microsoft piano at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

In 2015, a maker from IoT at Microsoft brought a giant light-up keyboard for guests to play on.

RECLINING FIGURE

Reclining Figure at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Artist Ryan Feddersen created an interactive wire frame sculpture. Guests were invited to add colored ribbons throughout the weekend to complete the figure.

COUCH ARMADA

Couch Armada at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

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.

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When you’re just getting started learning about the maker movement, local makerspaces are the perfect place to get started on your own projects!

Makerspaces can come in all shapes and sizes, and no two makerspaces are the same—some might feature more traditional supplies like crafting materials and LEGOs, while others might be fully-outfitted with 3D printers, laser cutters, and hand tools.

As long as they’re a place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of materials, they’re a “makerspace.”

We talked to Amber Straub, who’ll be hosting a soldering station with local makerspace Metrix Create:Space, about what she’s looking forward to this year:

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Tickets are now on sale for this celebration of creativity and ingenuity. This year Maker Faire invites you to explore the Maker movement with new projects and presenters, including:

Mario the Magician

mario-the-magicianNew York’s Mario the Magician has carved a name for himself with the high quality of his live comedic performance of magic and slapstick and the unique integration of hidden modern technology and robotics in his handmade props. Mario’s repertoire features all things made by hand, often using found/salvaged materials, and he encourages children to make, not buy. He has recently made appearances on Sesame Street, NBCUniversal’s Sprout Channel, and live at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The Walking Beast

walking-beastThe Walking Beast and the Moltensteelman Pyrosaurus came from the imagination and talent of Moltensteelman Studio in Salem, Oregon. The Walking Beast is a seven-ton mech robot that walks on eight legs and stands 11’ tall. Maker Martin Montesano spent over three years designing and building it, and put in over a mile of welds to bring this beautiful and functional creation to life.

All Seattle Mini Maker Faire ticket buyers will also be offered a special discount for EMP Museum admission which includes access to World of WearableArt™, Indie Game Revolution, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic, and more. Purchase your ticket today to participate in hands-on demos for all ages, explore innovative arts and new technology, and enjoy interactive performances all weekend long.

Full list of makers to be announced in August 2016!

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Thank you to Pratt Fine Arts Center and Lisa Geersten for hosting a blacksmithing demo for our Maker Faire committee members and for this special guest blog post. Lisa is a badass! Join her and Pratt as an exhibitor at the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire. This is the final week to apply! Deadline: June 20.

Interview by Heather Olson

lisa_blacksmithing_demoLisa is the Metal and Stone Studio Manager at Pratt Fine Arts Center, where she has been a blacksmithing instructor since 2007. She is a full-time artist blacksmith/fabricator and owner of Firelight Forge in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA. She has been working with metal since 1999 and her commission work ranges from architectural fabrication to site-specific sculptures.

Tell me why you are excited to participate in Maker Faire this year.

Because it was so awesome last year! I’ve done the Mini Maker Faire before for two years as Firelight Forge, but last year was the first time I organized the Pratt booth and it was really exciting. We could have more than just blacksmithing. We had lots of art demos including printmaking, stone carving, plaster casting, and flame working. Seeing the excitement from the crowd and being able to tell people about Pratt and all the art that we teach there was really great. We were really able to educate people and spread the word. (more…)

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We are excited to have Pacific Science Center join us to host “Let’s Make Rockets!” once again at Seattle Mini Maker Faire this coming September. Check out their thoughts about making with family, written by Tinker Tank Manager Daniel Rother:

At Pacific Science Center, we are not only passionate about inspiring a love of science, but also about getting families to explore, experiment, and be inspired together. To that end, we love seeing parents facilitating their children’s experience. Be it at Maker Faire, Pacific Science Center, or just wandering down the street, giving your child the tools to make connections and better understand their world is one of the best ways to inspire an interest in science.

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Date and TIME

Wednesday, March 30, 2016; 6:00pm–9:00pm

Location

Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112)

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is setting up shop at Ada’s Technical Books in Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 30 to celebrate the launch of our Call for Makers 2016! We can’t wait to see what amazing projects will come out of our community this year, and would love to meet you in person.

Drop in any time between 6:00pm-9:00pm on Wednesday, March 30. Meet the organizers, network with other makers and Seattle Mini Maker Faire committee members, give us some input, make a fun button to take home, get discounted drinks, buy a limited edition faire t-shirt, and pick up some swag. Free snacks provided; first people in the door with Maker Faire swag will get a free drink compliments of the Penny University founders.

It’ll be a great opportunity to get more information, and we’ll even have computers onsite available for you to start your application right away.

Big thank you to Ada’s Technical Books for hosting us for the night!

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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:

  • Be descriptive as possible about your project
  • Think about what your exhibit space will require to run
  • Provide good photos or video content, if available
  • Ask questions if you’re not sure about something (contact us at makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org)

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.

For examples of projects, visit our Makers page or browse our 2015 archive.

We hope to see you at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire on September 17-18 at EMP Museum!

Application Deadline: June 20, 2016

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makey_robotAbout a week ago our Seattle Mini Maker Faire team members had an amazing time at the Global Maker Faire Summit in the City by the Bay—San Francisco! This eye-opening experience was an amazing opportunity to connect with and learn alongside over 100 producers from all over the world.

On the ground, the Maker Media team did an incredible job pulling everyone together and hosting a rewarding conversation on how to continue to engage our local makers and help our independently organized (but mighty!) event continue to grow and best showcase the wildly creative people here in our city.

We took a tour of the Exploratorium (a must-see in San Francisco!) and heard from Scott Weaver, who built this impressive sculpture, Rolling Through the Bay, entirely out of toothpicks! (We resisted the urge to touch.)

producers_group_summit_2016We also got to check out the American Steel Studios, a massive warehouse that houses an unbelievable amount of artists, welders, sculptors, engineers, and innovator projects. Don’t miss the innovative stuff happening here!

Needless to say, it was a great experience that’s getting us pumped to kick off the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Call for Makers is coming in March—save the date for a special kick-off event on March 30. More info coming soon.

–Liz Y., EMP Museum

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