Sometimes the most difficult part of making a transition from artist to Maker is just getting started. Electronics, programming, that’s some hard stuff!
Or is it? In Sew Electric : A Collection of DIY Projects that Combine Fabric, Electronics, and Programming , Leah Buechley and Kanjun Qiu demonstrate how anyone who has wielded a needle and thread, or even glued some fabric together, can incorporate LEDs, conductive thread,electronic sensors and even tiny computers called Arduinos which the artist programs herself into projects ranging from a simple light-up bookmark to a flowered bracelet or a one-eyed stuffed monster to a fabric piano keyboard on which you can really play a tune.
By demonstrating the how easy it is to incorporate a little high-tech into basic needle arts projects, and by showing that computer coding is often no more complicated that reading a sewing pattern, this book will create Makers who never thought they could do something like that.
Remember Synhak from the Akron Mini Maker Faire? They were the super-cool soldering station staffed by energetic and creative Makers. Now, the public are invited to the 2014 Spring Open House of SYN/HAK, The Akron Hackerspace on March 1, 2014. Please join the SYN/HAK community at 12 p.m. at the new downtown location: 48 S. Summit St., Akron, Ohio to learn more about their space.
SYN/HAK provides an environment for people to educate, create and share amongst themselves and others within the domains of technology, art and science. Through talks, classes, workshops, collaborative projects and other activities, SYN/HAK encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in a safe, clean environment.
Hackerspaces are community-operated places where people can meet and work on their projects. SYN/HAK is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation in the State of Ohio. Donations are always appreciated, and will be tax-exempt.
For more information on SYN/HAK, please visit the Syngak website at http://www.synhak.org, or e-mail them at email@example.com
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Now that the word is out, and 2014 will see an Akron Mini Maker Faire (although the dates still not set), it’s time for Makers to start planning their projects.
Need some inspiration? Look no further than other Makers. The staff of Make and Maker Faire producers award Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbons to Makers whose projects at the big Maker Faires exhibit great ingenuity, creativity, and innovation. Click here to see the latest winners.
Need more inspiration? Check out the Library As Incubator Project. This blog highlights the ways that libraries and artists across the country can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships by showcasing projects undertaken by artists and Makers in a library setting as well as librarians who double as artists and Makers.
Need more inspiration? Check back next week when we will feature some material from the collections of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.
Here’s an idea to get more ideas, or even launch a startup this weekend: Office Space Coworking, the downtown office location for startups and entrepreneurs, is hosting a startup weekend this coming Friday through Sunday, February 7-9. Attendees will be placed on teams with other tech or business folks, and spend the weekend developing a business. Sunday afternoon each team will make a pitch.
Nicholas Petroski, who heads Office Space Coworking and its new spinoff OSC Tech Lab, promises a fun weekend and great prizes to the top teams.
Click here to go to their website for more information.
The Cleveland Mini Maker Faire will be Saturday, March 29 at the Cleveland Public Library. The Call for Makers runs through February. See the flier below for details. And don’t forget, the Akron Mini Maker Faire will return to the Main Library of the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Fall 2014. Keep checking this space for updates.
Do you listen to WKSU on your morning drive? If you were listening this morning, you were treated to Jeff St. Clair’s Exploradio segment on Tiny Circuits and Event 38, two Akron start-ups located in Canal Place.
Did you miss the show? Click here to listen to this tale of small-scale manufacturing by some Makers right down the street.
Stuart Smith, a Cleveland tech blogger, was at the Akron Mini Maker Faire. You can read about his impressions, and see some photos and video, on his blog:
Thanks, Stuart! We’re glad you had a good time, keep in touch, and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Here are a few photos, courtesy of Akron-Summit County Public Library graphic artist Kyle Creighton.
Crowds at the SynHak Learn to Solder exhibit
Have a photo you’d like to share with us? Email it to us at makerfaire at akronlibrary.org.
- Drone flies by Library sculpture Birth of Athena by Robert Morrow
Maker Fred Baerkircher’s Arduino cigar box guitars
Check it out, some highlights from the Akron Mini Maker Faire on video.
Thank you to Chris Miller and all the great folks who work, learn, and volunteer at the Akron Digital Media Center for shooting and editing this video for us.
Want to leave a comment? Email us makerfaire at akronlibrary.org.
Tell us, and the good people at Maker Media, just how much fun you had at the first Akron Mini Maker Faire. Take this online survey. It’s totally anonymous!
And, if you want to leave us a message that’s not anonymous, you can send an email to makerfaireATakronlibrary.org, or call the Science & Technology Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 330-643-9075 to talk to a Maker of the Akron Mini Maker Faire.