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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We have had such an overwhelmingly amount of fantastic applications that we need more time to work out logistics, which is holding us up in sending out acceptance notifications. If you have applied to be a maker, we will be notifying you regarding participation no later than Friday of this week! We appreciate your patience…this event will be EPIC!! 

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We have officially extended the application deadline for Seattle Mini Maker Faire to January 25th. That is an extra 10 days to put the finishing touches on your applications, and EXTRA time for you to spread the word to all your Maker friends and forums!

A big thank you to all the Makers who have submitted applications already. We are looking forward to reviewing them all, and will be sending out acceptance confirmations on February 1st.

Do you know anyone that would be interested in being a part of Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2014? If so, please encourage them to apply!

Thanks, and happy Making!

-Seattle Mini Maker Faire Team

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