Category Archives: Maker Faire

We are in the OC Weekly!

Follow the link here:  http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-07-19/culture/maker-faire-uc-irvine-beall-center-for-art-technology/

They have a photo slide show too:  http://www.ocweekly.com/slideshow/maker-faire-the-beall-center-for-art-and-technology-37316140/

Thanks OC Weekly and Charles Lam for the article.

Making Memories at the OC Mini Maker Faire

By core team member Pam Dowling

“You have totally inspired me. I can do this.  I’m going to crochet Christmas gifts this year.”

~Attendee in the Fiber Arts Room

And that was what it was all about, inspiring each other and discovery.

 

“I did not know you could do that.”

~Dad attendee in the Fiber Arts Room when his son sat down and started knitting with no help.

It was crazy.

I NEED A BREAK!” shouted Michelle Jensen, Swap-O-Rama at once point.   We got her one.

Fears were faced by many.

“Oh no, oh no I can’t do that, I’ll mess up!”

~Attendee in the Fiber Arts Room.  She did hold a pair of knitting needles and took home some yarn and instructions.

Thank you so much.

~Numerous attendees

It was amazing, crazy, scary and showed off the good side of humanity.  People were sharing, creating, inspiring, helping and just being.

My faulty recollection of how this all came together goes something like this:
  • Bequi and James took me up on the dare
  • Amanda is the hardest working person I know
  • Anna gave the financial jump start
  • Samantha gave invaluable guidance, support and wanted this adventure
  • Michelle created the Swap-O-Rama
  • Paige kept those volunteers working
  • All the Attendees that had interest in coming
  • THE MAKERS sharing their passion

Give or take a few thousand details

Creating a Minimaker Faire is not something you do.  It is something you experience.  I am so blessed to have been fortunate enough to be a part of it all.  It is a memory I hold close to my heart.

 

And now for next year…

What a Fantastic Day!

We had an astromech droid and robots.

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We had cupcakes and Quadcopters.

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We had things in motion… Cecil the SeeSaw and Nick on his home made powered skateboard.

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We had music from Jason with his Cigar Box Guitars and the sounds of 3D printers.

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DAT Space ran a Learn to Solder Booth.

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What a Great Day!

Someone pointed out this video to us on YouTube!

Thanks to everyone that came out and helped out.  It was fantastic!

[Hey Bill Hsu, thanks for taking these pictures!]

We are in the OC Register

Just bought three copies of the OC Register for keepsakes and to send to Internet Limited family.

OC Mini Maker Faire 2012 in the OC Register!

Give me a Sign!

When walking around the OC Mini Maker Faire look at the signs!  Natalie made all the signs for our event!  They look fantastic!

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Wanna know something else?  Natalie is Producing and Hosting the Swap-o-Rama Fashion Show!

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Thank you Natalie!

A Moment of Reflection

The OCMMF is just hours away and I’m thinking about how we got here.  I think it was a dare.  Really I think Pam dared us to do a Maker Faire.  Amanda said it was a great idea.  But Bequi took the dare.   Then I held on tight to Bequi’s hand.  Maybe that’s not how it really went down, but it’s how I remember it.

There are many pivotal moments in this story and many people to thank, but here are a few moments that really stick out.

At some point Anna became our first sponsor (Thanks Anna!), which meant this project had surpassed idle chit-chat. (For this we are grateful, please buy or sell your house with Anna Child from Coldwell Banker! Please tell her the OCMMF sent you.  She is totally cool and a great realtor!)

This is where the real fretting started, someone else believed in the project too!

At some point Bequi walked into the Beall Center for Art + Technology when it was under construction for an exhibit.  She marched on up to Samantha and David and asked if they would host a Maker Faire.  They replied, “How could we not host a Mini Maker Faire!” Thank you Samantha! Thank you to the Beall Center for Art + Technology and the  Claire Trevor  School of the Arts. Thank you!

Thank you to Make Magazine for sharing your brand with us and all the fine people who helped us like Sabrina.

Thank you to the rest of the core team:  Amanda, Pam,  Michelle and Paige (and Samantha) for doing a great job with almost no money.

Thank you to all the Kickstarters and silent donators.  You know who you are!

Thank you to the Makers, the inventers, the tinkerers, the dreamers and commercial makers for Making, for which there would be no faire!  I had a great time meeting all of you at meetings and meet ups.

Thank you Bequi for just being awesome and inspiring and Making a Faire and taking me with you.

I’m sure if you ask anyone on the core team, they all have their own idea on how this all started.  Some people say it started with a dare.

Thank you, to all the people I have not yet thanked (like Mathobotix)

~James

Saturday’s Schedule!

We are all supper excited about the first ever Orange County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.  Attached to this post is the schedule.

Enjoy the schedule!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Fiber Arts Room and Fashion Show!

Are you a Fashionista?  Would you like to be?  Well, this is the event for you!

At the First Annual OC Mini Maker Faire you can come design  your own special style at the Swap-o-Rama in the Fiber Arts room!  Then, at 3:00pm you can show off your style at the Fashion Show in the Winifred Smith Hall, a beautiful venue for presenting your own flair.

But that’s not all!   Throughout the day there will be demos of all kinds in the Fiber Arts room including:

  • 11-11:30 Crochet Basics
  • 11:30-12:00 No Sew T-shirt Bags
  • 1:00-1:30 Knitting Basics
  • 1:30-2:00 Sew Fabric Flowers
  • 2:00-2:30 No Sew T-Shirt Modification

Whether you’re a beginner or a long time fiber-crafty person there’s something here for you!

Come join us and Discover the Maker in Yourself!

Lego Sumo-bot Build and Wrestle

Do you know a youngster 7 years or older that likes Legos?  How about robots?  What about both together!

Every summer Mathobotix hosts a day camp program at the Beall Center for Art + Technology for budding engineers teaching the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math using teamwork and Lego components.

This year they are opening their doors on Saturday to offer a great one day program at the OC Mini Maker Faire!  Price is included with your ticket!

Sign-ups are open to kids 7 years and up.   Go to the Beall Ticket Booth  any time between 10:00am and 1:45pm to sign-up for the 2 hour workshop which begins at 2:00pm in the Beall.  At 4:00pm the kids can put their Sumo-bots to the test against each other in the Sumo-bot Competition at the amphitheater!

Learn to Solder!

We are happy to announce that the Learn to Solder kits are here!

And the DAT MakerSpace  group of UCI has agreed to run the Learn to Solder booth for us!

Soldering is the process of joining two or more pieces of metal using a third filler metal which has a lower melting point than the pieces being joined.    It is often used with electronics, plumbing, jewelry and many other applications.

Now, at the OC Mini Maker Faire, you can learn this simple but useful skill and make something to show off.   Purchase your kits through Eventbrite for just $2.50 and pick them up at the gate on the day of the event.   We’ll provide the soldering irons, solder and instruction.

Our little Learn to Solder kits came to us from the Maker Shed and were the official Learn to Solder badge at the 2012 Bay Area Maker Faire.

The LED eyes blink randomly and the battery is removable so you can turn it on and off.

Sorry, James, wrong kind of iron!