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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!

Volunteer Applications Now Open

Help make Denton Mini Maker Faire happen!  We’re looking for individual volunteers (who are at least 18 years old) and groups of volunteers to help out at the event.  This is a great opportunity to be a part of the event, get involved with the makers, and to help make things happen.  Also, by volunteering you’ll get free admission to the event!  We’re looking for people to help out in several different ways, so if you’d like to help us and use your talents for awesome, please fill out a volunteer application today!  Click below to apply:

Individual Volunteer Application

Group Volunteer Application

Call For Makers + Early Bird Tickets!

This Fall, help us celebrate Denton as a home to creativity and innovation, when we hold the first ever Denton Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the Denton Civic Center from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This family friendly festival is a place to tinker, design, hack, build, reuse, play, think, learn, share ideas and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, food, music and crafts.

If you have something you love to create, then we want you consider sharing it at the Mini Maker Faire. Do you have a skill, a passion, an obsession? Perhaps it is your vocation, or perhaps it is something you do on the side. Ideally we would like to have makers from diverse backgrounds including art, craft, science, music, robotics, circuits,  laser cutting, leather working, metal working, wood working, print making, farming, cooking and so much more!

Please consider applying to participate in some way. We need lots of makers who are willing to have a booth to share what they do, and give others a chance to participate. We also welcome makers who want to sell their creations, or businesses who serve the maker community. And we looking for speakers, demonstrators, sponsors and volunteers. If you know people who might think this is an amazing opportunity, then help us spread the word!

Don’t want to be an exhibitor?  Tickets are on sale now to the public at early bird rates.  Get yours today and save!

Applications Open!

We are excited to announce that our applications for Makers and Sponsors are now open!  Denton Mini Maker Faire is seeking school groups, clubs, tinkerers, businesses, artists, scientists, hackers and more to exhibit at the event and show Denton what you make.  The focus of the event is on celebrating and showcasing a wide range of makers in the Denton area.

If you are an individual, company or organization that is interested in showing, demonstrating, teaching or speaking about what you make and do not want to sell your products, please fill out the application to be an exhibitor.  It’s free!  This option allows groups, clubs, organizations and individuals to show what you make, how you make it and engage the audience in your process through hands on experiences.

If you are interested in selling what you make at the event, check out our Sponsor page.  Sponsors at the Apprentice, Journeyman, Tech Enthusiast and Master Maker levels are eligible to sell at the event.  This option is great for start ups, small businesses and artists to sell work that you have created.  All items that are available for sale must be approved by the Mini Maker Faire Committee and will be vetted for quality and diversity.

Denton Mini Maker Faire

The 2015 Mini Maker Faire will be the first celebration of ideas and innovation in Denton on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the Denton Civic Center from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This festival is a place to tinker, design, hack, build, reuse, play, think, learn, share ideas and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, food, music and crafts.

On April 2nd from 5-7 pm we are having our first event at Harvest House.  We want to round up all maker, exhibitors, speakers and volunteers who are interested in participating in this exciting event. This meeting will be to inform and excite Denton’s makers and recruit exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and volunteers for the faire. Ideally we would have makers from diverse backgrounds including art, craft, science, music, robotics, circuits, 3D printing, laser cutting, leather working, metal working, wood working, print making, farming, cooking and so much more!

Spread the word, come have a drink and learn about Denton Mini Maker Faire!