Sep 162014
 

The 2014 Nashville Mini Maker Faire was last Saturday, and I had an absolute blast! Erica Ciccarone and I displayed 3D-printed objects and textile art at the Make Nashville booth. I also taught a papercrafting course using Rob Ives‘ wonderful paper automata.

Here are some pictures Erica and I took at the Faire:

 

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth and Erica’s Fancy Fox quilt. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

Some 3D printed inventions in our Make Nashville booth. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

I demonstrate how to make your own carbonated soda. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. A Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A local artist asked people to draw their favorite places in Nashville. Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Bubbles! Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

This guy. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

Some young makers. Photo by Erica.

A suspicious face at the origami booth. Photo by Erica.

A suspicious origami artist. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Origami club. Photo by Erica.

Photo by Erica.

A future refrigerator poet. Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

Puppets! Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata, and Erica enjoys the company of a future engineer. Photo by Tony.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives' papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

I teach a course on Rob Ives’ papercraft automata. Photo by Erica.

 

Sep 122014
 

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The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, September 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center. I’ll be there at the Make Nashville booth, showing off my Printrbot Simple 3D printer and lots of printed goodies, including the Make Nashville keychain bracelet pictured above. The bracelet is a joint project of Erica Ciccarone and myself. She did the sewing, I did the 3d design and printing. We’ll give them out while supplies last.

I’m also teaching a class on papercraft automata, using Rob Ives’ wonderful designs. What’s papercraft automata? This video explains it better than I can:

The FREE class is from 12 to 2 p.m. in the workshop tent. It’s for ages 5 and up (with a parent to help with the cutting and glueing).

Circuit Benders’ Ball alumn Mike Hester will be conducting a presentation in workshop tent from 3 to 3:45 pm on turning image files into sound and sound files into images. It’s really fascinating stuff, and you shouldn’t miss it.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Expect lots of creative making, including a hot-rodded Power Wheels race, the ever-growing Full Scale Millenium Falcon project, robot battles, screenprinting, electronics projects, and much, much more. See you tomorrow!

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Aug 062014
 
T-Rex costume by Jamie Price at the 2013 Nashville Mini Maker Faire. Photo by Becky Fox Matthews.

T-Rex costume by Jamie Price at the 2013 Nashville Mini Maker Faire. Photo by Becky Fox Matthews.

The deadline to submit for the Atlanta and Nashville Maker faires is approaching quickly. How long do you have? Let’s just say the sooner you submit, the more likely you’ll be accepted. If I were you, I wouldn’t wait any longer than a week.

Both faires are looking for makers with their own creations, as well as workshop teachers, speakers, performers, vendors, and sponsors.

The second annual Nashville Mini Maker Faire takes place Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at the Adventure Science Center. Apply here. If you want to know what you’re getting into, watch this video I made of last year’s faire.

The Atlanta Maker Faire has been going strong for four or so years, however, this is the first year it gets the distinction of being a “Featured” faire. That’s a pretty big deal, since there are only a handful of featured faires. Trust me, it’ll be huge. It takes place over the weekend of October 4th and 5th. Apply here.

I’m organizing some circuit bending stuff for both faires, and I’m also helping run a Make Nashville booth. If you’re interested in showing off circuit bent gear or exhibiting under the Make Nashville space, please drop me an e-mail at tony@theatreintangible.com.

Jul 182013
 

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I love making stuff. I’ve had a subscription to Make Magazine since issue #6, and every year I wish I had the funds to go to the Bay Area Maker Faire. Those of you who’ve attended the Circuit Benders’ Ball know how vital making is to experimental music culture.

I’m part of a local maker’s group called Make Nashville (which recently merged with HackNash). We’re one of the groups partnering with the Adventure Science Center to bring the Maker Faire to Nashville.

Yes, you heard correctly. Nashville is getting a Maker Faire. The Nashville Mini Maker Faire takes place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10am to 5pm at the Adventure Science Center. (“Like” the Faire on Facebook here.)

The call for makers is now open, and we’re looking for exhibitors, speakers, teachers, performers and volunteers. Participating is absolutely free, but time is running out to submit. The application deadline is August 1st at 11:59pm.

As the Director of Performances, I’m seeking musicians, acting troupes, magicians, puppeteers, multi-media artist, science presenters, and pretty much anyone who has an act that happens on a stage. The performances NEED to involve making. If you’re a circuit bender or instrument designer, you’re golden. If you make your own costumes that show off your unique flair, we want you. In short, we’re looking for makers who perform.

The faire will be free and open to the public. Because our funding is limited, we are unable to compensate participants. That may change as the Nashville Faire expands in subsequent years.

if you’re interested in performing or any other form of involvement, go fill out an application. Do it now. The sooner the better.