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Check out the Makers!

Are you curious about who you’ll see at the Faire? Check out our Makers page for a preview!

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Extended: Call for Makers

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We’ve still got a few Maker spots left! Seeking cosplay makers, weavers, inventors, engineers, woodcarvers, bike builders… Apply now!

Maker Spotlight: spare parts

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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!

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: Make San Antonio

Make_San_Antonio_earringsWho are you, and what do you make?
We are Make San Antonio, and we make unique custom designed and tailored pieces in a variety of mediums. We’ve created an online hub that we are transitioning into a DIY and handmade maker resource for San Antonio and surrounding areas. We are also planning to host seasonal workshops for all ages, where participants can become better makers, make friends and learn a new skill along the way.

How did you get started making the thing that you make?
Make San Antonio kicked things off a little over a year ago, and we’ve been busy hosting and participating in local events (such as Artpace’s Family Fun Day, Make San Antonio’s Makevember and the Wilson County Mini Maker Faire).

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What is your favorite part about making the thing that you make?
We are extremely passionate about the process of bringing ideas to life. We believe everyone is a maker at heart and if we can assist in the transition to becoming a better maker we think San Antonio if not the world would become a better place. We know the next Tesla is out there somewhere.

What is the most difficult part about making the thing that you make?
Choosing what to make! Usually, our minds run wild and we have lists upon lists filled with wonderful ideas of what to make next. Currently, we’re obsessing over custom jewelry and we’re using our Epilog laser cutter to create amazing unique acrylic pieces.

What is the best piece of advice you have for someone who is interested in learning how to make the thing that you make?
Since we specialize in multiple areas in the makersphere, our advice is to keep at it. Whether it’s learning how to 3D print, tackling sewing or working on a big project. Keep at it! Everyone starts as a novice when taking on a new hobby. It’s a fun learning experience where our creations are only limited by our imagination. Try, and try again. In no time, you’ll figure things out or even better yet, learn how not to do something a hundred different ways and be able to teach others from your experience. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Why should people come to the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire?
We think this is a great opportunity for others outside the maker community, who may be curious about the maker lifestyle, to see what we’re all about. Makers are all around us, and this will show community members what this city has to offer.

Make San Antonio is a creative hub for makers of all ages. We’re based in San Antonio, Texas and have a goal to foster innovation and collaboration. We look forward to hosting classes for locals, and collaborating with makers. For more information, visit makesanantonio.com  Makevember

Maker Spotlight: Ponytrap

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Who are you, and what do you make?
We are Ponytrap! (Quentin and Hilary Thomas-Oliver) and we make NOISE! We’re musicians who play classical instruments along with our very own home-made robot drummers.

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How did you get started making robot drummers?
Necessity. The music we play strays pretty far off the beaten path. We tried for years to find the right drummer(s) and it just never quite worked. So we decided to build one instead.

What is your favorite part about making robot drummers?
Our machines allow us to make exactly the kind of music when, where, and how we want to make it.

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What is the most difficult part about making robot drummers?
Things break! Sometimes it’s all explodey fun, but often it’s just wicked frustrating. We try to remember that, either way, it’s a learning process.

What is the best piece of advice you have for someone who is interested in learning how to make a robot drummer?
Patience. Begin with a clear idea of your goals and be flexible when the process demands a change of plans. Also… check out the article we wrote for MakeZine 🙂

http://makezine.com/projects/make-robotic-drum-using-arduino-uno/

Why should people come to the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire?
Because we’re all makers! Come for inspiration and community.

Maker Spotlight: Geekbus

Geekbus, a mobile makerspace dedicated to providing STEM educational opportunities to the students of South Texas.

Who are you, and what do you make?

We are the Geekbus and through our programs we make Makers!

We teach programs such as 3D Printing, Robotics, Hardware Engineering, Software programming, circuitry, rockets and much more to students all over South Texas.

How did you get started making the thing that you make?

SASTEMIC has operated the Geekbus as a mobile makerspace since November 2013.  We were gifted the Geekbus from Rackspace and Geekdom, and outfitted it with everything you could need for a mini, mobile, makerspace and have toured the South Texas region ever since, reaching over 20,000 students and community members.

What is your favorite part about making the thing that you make?

When students have their “ah-ha” moments in class and realize they can be makers and create amazing technology right now.

What is the most difficult part about making the thing that you make?

There are more students in San Antonio than we can see in a year, and every student should know they can be makers too.

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

Find something that interests you and do not feel ashamed if you get bored or find another interest; there is so much that you can do.

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

Everyone should come to the SA Mini Maker Faire because it is great for introductory making experiences or finding new ideas.

Spread the Word! One month until the Faire!

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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!