Savvie Studio at DMMF 2016

This year, Denton Maker Faire is thrilled to be hosting Savvie Studio as an exhibitor – come by to see their beautifully handcrafted products and catch a workshop on laser-cutting!

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SCRAP Workshops and Activities at Denton Maker Faire

SCRAP Denton will be at Mini Maker Faire 2016 providing hands on art activities for kids of all ages. Our stations will feature spin art with a fabulous machine specially crafted by Querencia Community Bike Shop using bike parts to power the spinner.

Participants can create a unique painting using paint and paper (no brush needed!) and the overall design is determined by the force of the machine and colors you choose.  The result is a unique, circular/splatter pattern.  For an example of the spin art machine in action, click here to see a video of this years Arts and Jazz Fest, and attend this fall’s Faire to try it yourself!

We will also have space where you can experiment with various types of printmaking techniques.  We will be using reused and repurposed materials like blocks, rubber bands and foam to create stamps.

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UNT Library’s The Factory: Education and Innovation

     The Denton Mini Maker Faire welcomes back The Factory. The Factory at the University of North Texas Library is a collaborative space where you can bring your creativity to life. The Factory offers the community in-space access to equipment, software, and training that promotes innovative, cross-disciplinary learning.

     This year The Factory will be showcasing some exciting projects our Makers have been working on including an LED table top display that lights up based on proximity, a piano table powered by an Arduino mega, a Little Bits Ferris Wheel, a Monome, and more.

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   For more information about The Factory, its equipment, and workshops visit their website at http://guides.library.unt.edu/factory.

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Tasty Treats at DMMF – Leila’s Food Truck

 Be sure to attend Denton Mini Maker Faire hungry – Leila’s Food Truck will be a vendor this October! With a variety of vegetarian, Middle Eastern fusion cuisine that “combines the exotic flavors of Middle Eastern food with the traditional classics we all know and love”, the food truck offers something for everyone.

Originally teaching Visual Arts, Shadan Kishi Price – the food truck’s owner and chef – decided that food was her passion. An advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle since 2007, Shadan is committed to serving the community and has given demonstrations and classes at Natural Grocers and Lifetime Fitness in addition to working as the sous chef and supervisor at UNT’s vegan dining hall.

Menu items range from Chickpea salads to Falafel burgers…all food prepared at the truck is vegetarian, and uses local produce whenever possible!  

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Nerd Nite at Denton Mini Maker Faire

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    We are happy to announce Nerd Nite Denton’s participation in the Denton Maker Faire: Saturday, October 8th! Though the idea began in Boston, MA, “Nerd Nite” has become a popular addition to Denton’s community within the past year. Nerd Nite Denton offers engaging presentations and lectures that span all topics of interest and is typically hosted by local eateries or bars such as J&J’s Pizza or The Bearded Monk. While the concepts discussed are often comparable to those of TED Talks, the casual nature of the event affords its audience a carefree environment conducive to colleague-to-colleague exchanges and questions. 

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   Motivated by the desire to provide adults with valuable information and compelling ideas, the three bosses of Nerd Nite Denton have massed their experience in entertainment production, music, and education to create learning opportunities that are, though perhaps unconventional, accessible and inviting.

 

 

Denton Public Library – The Forge

    Denton Mini Maker Faire 2016 is proud to be sponsored by Denton Public Library – a primary building block in Denton’s educational and artistic community. North Branch Library has played host to The Forge makerspace since May, 2014. Through providing resources in electronics, robotics, web design, print design, digital art, animation, video editing, coding, small business solutions, and 3D printing, this makerspace offers valuable and accessible opportunities in creativity and innovation.

    The Forge makerspace not only offers educational information, but also cutting-edge hardware and software for anyone wanting to “unleash their creativity, boost their skills, and streamline their productivity, whether it is for fun, starting a small business, or learning skills for a new job.”

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                         3D Printing at The Forge – Northbranch Library

    Denton Public Library also hosts the artworks of the local VAST (Visual Arts Society of Texas) in rotating displays, and considers Denton a city “full of artists whose influence can be seen throughout the downtown area and the community” and feel that “local music, artwork, and individuality of style permeate the culture.”

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Maker Faire Workshops

Come learn something new at the Denton Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fair Isle Knitting
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Circuit Bending
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Alginate Casting

knittingFrom 11 to 1pm Faire Isle Knitting will be helping you hone your knitting skills. Come learn a 2-color Scottish knitting technique that produces beautiful patterns. Faire Isle Knitting will be leading 8 participants through knitting in the round on double pointed needles from 11 to 1. Participants should be at the advanced beginner level with knowledge of the knit stitch, purl stitch, cast on, and bind off. Supplies will be provided.

Tinkerers will love the Circuit Bending workshop at 1pm. This class provides space for 10 teams of 2 or 3 people who will create something new from something old. Tinker and customize the circuits in old battery-powered toys to create new effects and sounds..Participants are encouraged to bring toys to take apart and enhance. The best types of toys are older, battery-powered, have buttons and make sounds. So come bend some circuits and create something new at our Circuit Bending workshop.

Workshop Area ScheduleAt 3:30 twenty lucky makers will create a life cast using Alginate Casting to make a plaster replica of their finger. Alginate is the same material dentists use to cast teeth made with seaweed stems! Alginate is Hypo-Allergenic (safe) and does NOT heat up when setting.

These are just a few of the things you can learn at the first annual Denton Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, October 17th!

Sneak Peak: SCRAP

SCRAP Denton will be at Mini Maker Faire providing hands on art activities for kids of all ages.  We will be doing spin art with the fabulous machine that Querencia Community Bike Shop made for us using bike parts to power the spinner.

photo 2Participants can create a unique painting using paint and paper (no brush needed!) and the overall design is determined by the force of the machine and colors you choose.  The result is a unique, circular/splatter pattern.  If you want to see the spin art machine in action, click here to see a video of this years Arts and Jazz Fest and then come out to the Faire to try it yourself!

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We will also have space where you can experiment with a different types of print making techniques.  We will be using reused and repurposed materials like blocks, rubber bands and foam to create stamps.

Tickets for Mini Maker Faire are on sale now!  Purchase yours today.

 

TWU Visual Arts: Get Yourself Scanned!

At the TWU Visual Arts booth, students in our new 3D Printing and Fabrication Class will be making digital scans of visitors. You can get yourself scanned, and then have the resulting file emailed to your account immediately. We will also be showing how to do simple editing of those files to get them ready for 3D printing. And we plan to have a 3D printer running so you can see the process up close.

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Here in the TWU Visual Arts Department, we are excited about the new possibilities that are emerging that give us new ways to create forms that convey meaning, challenge people to think differently, and offer innovative design solutions. Students will be showing off examples of how they are making use of the processes they are learning about. The class they are taking covers 3D Printing, CNC milling, Digital Scanning, Lasercutting, and a variety of Computer Aided Design modelling approaches. What we show will depend on what they make, so we invite you to see what they come up with!

For now, here are some images of CAD-based work made by students in a 3D Design class at TWU this Spring (image above and below).Lindsay Cavner Sumner (sm)

Sneak Peak: Denton Public Library

The Denton Public Library’s mission is to build community by promoting lifelong learning, encouraging human connections, and sharing resources.  All of these goals go hand in hand with the maker movement, which also encourages learning, working together, and sharing.  So, it seemed like a natural step for the library to reach out to makers and potential makers by creating The Forge, a makerspace at the North Branch Library that’s geared towards education, electronics, and media.

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Libraries are all about lifelong learning and providing access to the information people need and want.  Connecting people together so they can share knowledge and expertise with each other completes the circuit.  At the Denton Mini Maker Faire we hope to share this vision with everyone by offering tools for technology learning and encouraging people to work together to use them.

The library booth will showcase various ways to get into electronics for all ages.  We have Snap Circuit kits which people can use to create basic circuits.  Little Bits electronic components will help you create some exciting things just by putting together individual pieces with magnetic connectors. We’ll also have some Arduinos available so you can try your hand at programming and attaching electronic components that control lights, sound and motion. We make it easy to indulge your curiosity.  Come and see us at Denton Mini Maker Faire!