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We’ve still got a few Maker spots left! Seeking cosplay makers, weavers, inventors, engineers, woodcarvers, bike builders… Apply now!
Who are you, and what do you make?
spare parts is a volunteer-driven organization which makes and teaches others about making art through creative reuse. Our goal is to become a full-time effort for the San Antonio community. We encourage children, teens and adults to make art with reusable materials. These materials and supplies usually don’t look anything like your typical art materials. We create art projects from items such as used water bottles, scraps of fabric, CD cases, paper rolls, newspaper, shower curtain rings and more. If you are imaging it trash or simply ordinary, we’ll figure out a way to make art because it’s not waste until you waste it.
How did you get started making art through creative reuse?
The increasing scarcity of art offerings and resources in schools and the belief in the necessary role of art in education is precisely the reason Mary Elizabeth Cantú founded spare parts in 2011. Her idea—providing cultural and environmental sustainability, affordability and accessibility to the arts through education—has taken a firm hold in the San Antonio area arts, education and environmental community.
What is your favorite part about making art this way?
Our joy is threefold. For the environment we save a lot by rescuing perfectly usable materials that otherwise would go into the landfill. For the arts and anyone who wants to make in a sustainable, eco-friendly way, we offer a plethora of materials and project lessons which spark the creative in all ages. For those who like to visit museums, we founded the MINI ART MUSEUM, where folks can view artwork no larger than a business card; it travels all over and you can make your own miniature masterpiece, too!
What is the most difficult part about making art through creative reuse?
Our goal is to encourage EVERYONE to look at the endless possibilities of reusing items, before tossing them into the trash bin or even putting them into the recycle cart.
What is the best piece of advice you have for someone who is interested in learning how to make art through creative reuse?
Come to a workshop, visit any of our events where we have live project demonstrations, volunteer with spare parts and don’t forget, “Trash is the failure of imagination.” This is one of our favorite quotes by artist Aaron Kramer.
Why should people come to the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire?
The Maker Culture provides a community of creative people who encourage new and different avenues for art, making and practical applications. It’s a great place to share ideas, get inspired and have some fun!
I am Dan Suttin. I make 3-D geometrical “models.” Artists call them “sculptures,” but mathematicians call them “models;” they are all based on “polyhedra” (whatever they are)—- OCTA-TETRA models (whatever that means), Gyroscope and Electra Modular Origami models, Curved-Fold Papercraft Models, Swirlie Models (Huh?)……..
I am a retired math teacher — my “day job”, my “retirement job,” is as a math tutor at San Antonio College.
My real passion is my “OCTA-TETRA Museum” at 1100 Broadway (#305), where you can see the things I make, OR you can make them too. It’s a learning space where students come to learn about art, architecture, engineering, science, and mathematics all at the same time. I can accommodate groups up to 12 for a presentation and a hand-on activity. OR, I can pack it up and bring it to you; so here I am at the “San Antonio Mini Maker Faire”. Come and See!
For more information about the OCTA-TETRA Museum, check out these stories:
The Call for Makers is closed, and the San Antonio community has really stepped up! Keep an eye out for a series of posts showcasing some of the Makers you’ll see at the Faire – from robotics and 3D printing to handweaving and spycraft, there’s sure to be something for everyone at the first annual San Antonio Mini Maker Faire.
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!