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:
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
New 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
The 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!
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
About 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.)
We 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