See. Make. Break. Share. Repeat

Maker Faire, hailed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!

Now in its fifth year, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.

Maker Faire Tickets on Sale: Giant Robots, Innovative Arts, and More

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!

Interview with Lisa Geertsen, Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Metal and Stone Studio Manager

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. Continue reading

Pacific Science Center on Making with Your Family

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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Application Launch Open House

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!