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Our site has moved!

You can now find us at sanantonio.makerfaire.com. The 2017 Faire will take place at the San Antonio Central Library once again, on Saturday, March 25 from 11 am – 4 pm.

We hope to see you there!

Call for Makers: 2016 San Antonio Mini Maker Faire

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The 2016 San Antonio Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers is now open!

If you’re a local maker, apply to exhibit! The Faire will take place Saturday, March 26, at the Central Library downtown. We’re looking for all kinds of makers, including…

  • robotics teams
  • multimedia artists
  • Arduino aficionados
  • craftspeople
  • cosplayers
  • computer programmers
  • blacksmiths
  • engineers
  • fiber artists
  • inventors
  • automobile restorers
  • illusionists
  • bicycle modifiers

If you’re not on this list, please don’t hesitate to apply – we want to showcase all of San Antonio’s makers!

This year, we will be hosting two special sub-events within the Faire: a cosplay showcase and an exhibition of the creations of young makers. Cosplayers will display and explain their handmade or modified costumes and/or accessories. Young makers (18 and under) will show off or demonstrate their creations in short sessions.

We will also be accepting applications for commercial makers this year, but we will feature a very limited number of these.

If you have any questions, please ask! Email makerfairesa@gmail.com, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or comment on the blog and we’ll answer!

Apply here!

2016 San Antonio Mini Maker Faire

The second annual San Antonio Mini Maker Faire is coming up on Saturday, March 26, 2016!

Stay tuned for the Call for Makers and other Faire updates. To make sure you’re in the loop, follow us on social media!

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Maker Spotlight: Workshops

We are so excited to offer a few small, hands-on workshops at the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire. (Free) registration is available at the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire Eventbrite page, and a few spots will be reserved for same-day registration at the Faire.

The workshops:

11:30-12:30

Bookbinding

Led by: Chinedu

For ages: 7 (with adult assistance) and up

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Who are you, and what do you make?

My name is Chinedu Onochie and I’m a recent graduate from Sam Houston State University. I majored in Studio Art, so I love to draw, paint, and make things with my hands.

How did you get started making books?

I’ve taken printmaking courses with a focus on book arts and I instantly fell in love with the process of creating journals and binding.

What is your favorite part about making books?

My favorite part of bookmaking/binding is currently a tie between making the covers and stitching all the parts together.

What is the most difficult part about making books?

Coincidentally, the most difficult part is making sure you have the stitching for the binding done right. After practice, you can maintain a rhythm.

What is the best piece of advice you have for someone who is interested in learning how to make books?

This advice goes for all art: Keep at it. You can never practice enough.

Why should people come to the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire?

Hands-on activities are great for learning anything. The San Antonio Mini Maker Faire is a convenient and fun opportunity to dive right into some new projects and see what possibilities are out there. Go out and have fun!

1 pm – 2 pm

Mission Possible: Spy Tools

Presented by: DoSeum Educator Dustin

For ages: 4 – 10

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A secret agent from The DoSeum will present the maker opportunities in The DoSeum’s Spy Academy and Innovation Station, highlighting how master spies must also be master makers. Make a book-mark that also doubles as a spy tool!

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2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Paper Marbling

Presented by: Silvia

For ages: 7 (with adult assistance) and up

Who are you, and what do you make?

I am an art educator.  I was born and raised in Mexico City and I have been living in San Antonio for the past 25 years. I have a B. A. from UIW  in art and education and an M. A. E. from Texas Tech. I taught art at St. Luke’s Episcopal School for 17 years. At the moment, I am concentrating in my own art.  I am a fiber artist and I teach beginning painting at the Bihl Haus Art program for seniors. I love teaching art and helping people discover what they can do.

How did you get started marbling?

I started doing marbling because I use my own painted and dyed fabric for the artwork I create.

What is your favorite part of marbling?

My favorite part of marbling is that I never know what design I am going to get, it is always a surprise, like opening a present.

What is the most difficult part of marbling?

The most difficult part is dropping the fabric or paper on the sizing and making sure there is no trapped air, and stop marbling!

What is the best piece of advice you have for someone who is interested in learning marbling?

My best advice would be to be open to the results you will get, don’t have any expectations and enjoy the process.  Make sure you have plenty of time, play your favorite music and let your inner-self choose colors and how to manipulate the designs.

Why should people come to the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire?

People should come to the San Antonio Mini Maker Fair because they will have an amazing opportunity to see and do things they would not be able to see or do anywhere else in San Antonio for one whole day.

Maker Spotlight: 10BitWorks

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10BitWorks is a non-profit, membership-supported project coworking space and learning center concept known as a hackerspace or maker space. 10BitWorks is located in San Antonio, Texas as a garage-lab environment where hobbyists get together to make their own creations whether practical, experimental, or just for fun. Those hobbyists mentor each other and others in the domains of engineering, science, design, and art.
How did you get started making the thing that you make?

10BitWorks was organized to help support, sponsor, and execute training and education. To complement this effort, 10BitWorks maintains a collaborative workspace for various engineering, science, art, and trade-craft disciplines and as a location to hold training, education, and community building events.
What is your favorite part about making the thing that you make?

Seeing the spark in someone’s eyes as they learn something new. Whether it’s a kid learning how to use a CAD program to design and create something on a 3-D printer, or  grown professional trying something different, the satisfaction of sharing, teaching, and learning is what motivates everyone at 10bitworks hackerspace.
What is the most difficult part about making the thing that you make?

Time & money. As an all volunteer organization it’s a challenge to do what we do with very limited resources.
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What is the best piece of advice you have for someone who is interested in learning how to make the thing that you make?

“Come and Make It!” . That’s our slogan. Stop sitting on the couch wondering if you can do something; get up and give it a try. Come to 10bitworks open house any Saturday and see what we do, what YOU can do. You will find friendly faces, ready willing and able to help you learn something new.
Why should people come to the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire?

Because you can’t see the elephant if you don’t go to the circus!

Interested in 10BitWorks? Here’s a look at what some of the members are working on for the Faire:

What is a Mini Maker Faire, anyway?

What is a Mini Maker Faire?

“Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, and students. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned… It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” — fun, engaging, and exciting.” – makerfaire.com

What is there to do at a Mini Maker Faire?

All kinds of things! Of course, there’s plenty to see. Maybe you’ll check out an art car, watch an aerial acrobatic performance, listen to a speaker session about organic gardening, or catch a musical act. You could also learn to weave, solder a simple circuit, or make a marshmallow shooter out of PVC pipe. 

Who comes to a Mini Maker Faire?

Everyone! Mini Maker Faires are for all ages – children and families, teens, and adults. There’s something for everyone, and everyone is welcome.

Who exhibits at a Mini Maker Faire?

Makers. All kinds of makers. If you make something, you can answer our Call For Makers – knitters, robot builders, bicycle mechanics, computer programmers, painters, poets, homesteaders, scientists, engineers, paper artists, educators, and cooks are all welcome to exhibit.

Why is the library hosting a Mini Maker Faire?

Libraries have historically been places for making and learning, from storytime to teen craft and technology programming to author lectures. Hosting a Mini Maker Faire is simply an extension of this practice. San Antonio has a large and diverse creative community, and this will be an excellent opportunity for residents to learn from and connect with members of that community. The library’s role as community gathering place and our commitment to providing educational opportunities make us an ideal host for a Mini Maker Faire. Plus, we love to make stuff!

Stay Tuned

We are so excited to be organizing the first annual San Antonio Mini Maker Faire at the Central Library! San Antonio is home to an amazing creative community, and we’re looking forward to showcasing that community this October.

More details to come – keep an eye out for our Call for Makers in early July!

The “Makers Apply Here” button in the right sidebar will link to the Call for Makers form when the Call for Makers launches in early July.

If you have any questions or need more information, shoot us an email here.