What to Expect at Maker Faire

The second annual Portland Mini Maker Faire is gearing up for September 14 and 15! We will welcome over a hundred ingenious and inventive makers from Portland and the surrounding area to OMSI this weekend for a showcase of their unique skills. Here are just a few of the makers you can expect to see.

Harmonograph at Maker Faire 

Ex Libris Anonymous

PIG Squad's Pixel Art

Have you heard about OMSI’s Mini Maker Faire? Wired’s Geek Dad Jonathan Liu advised parents last year, “It’s definitely worth your while to take the kids — you’re sure to find some excellent activities, and I guarantee you’ll find at least one thing that will amaze you.”

Ex Libris Anonymous

I can't be emphatic enough about this point: Maker Faire is a total, total BLAST. A blast blasting into another blast, actually. It's infinitely worth attending in any of its incarnations in ANY location. Let me explain why.

One Person's Trash...

Making things is our forte at MapleXO. We’ve been chopping up old skateboards for years now, turning them from dumpster-bound trash into finely-finished jewelry, accessories, and other goodies. We found our way to this craft after years of fiddling and toying with whatever we could get our anxious hands on. Remember Dad’s $40 desk pen that miraculously disassembled itself into a seemingly infinite number of pieces? Yeah, WAY more pieces than should ever be able to fit into an object so small. Well, that was our doing.

Why I am a Maker

Last year I jumped at the chance to have a booth at the first ever Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI. Having just published a book earlier in the spring I knew the faire would be a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the crazy projects I’d come up with and sell the book itself. This was the first time I’d done a festival so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. OMSI held a couple planning meetings for us which really helped me wrap my head around the prep work.

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