It was a beautiful sunny northern California fall day. The trees were golden, the sky was blue, the slingshot was jettisoning pumpkins, a giant Lego spider welcomed guests at the door, adults dressed like Elvis were racing miniature toddler bikes around a grassy obstacle course, and musicians played Slaperoos and drums made from old suitcases.
The Fall Festival and Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 19th was truly whatMake magazine calls part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new.
Maker Faires are primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. The Fall Festival and Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire had a variety of 3D printers showing off the myriad of possibilities that they offer. There was also a variety of robots designed to shoot baskets, clean your house, or explore lands inhospitable to man.
But, the Fall Festival and Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire was not just for the novel in technical fields, it also featured innovation and experimentation across science, engineering, art, performance, and craft with an underlying theme of sustainability in a changing world. Visitors came to the Swap-o-Rama-Rama with bags of used clothes to contribute to a communal pile and, with the help of expert sewers, made bags from t-shirts and dresses from skirts. While outside, artists helped visitors silkscreen t-shirts. Visitors went home with Mason jars filled with ingredients for carob chip cookies, bags of Legos, and their own handmade hula hoops. That’s what I call a great day.
The Fall Festival & Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. It is going to be fun for the whole family and very packed! So, avoid long ticket lines and get your tickets today!
Josef moved to from San Francisco to Occidental in 1999. He explains on his website, “After years of developing computer software, I felt a stronger need to create objects more connected with the physical world. I’m especially interested in things that change, and improve, over time. With the rapid pace of technological advance, I repeatedly watched my computer-based work, even the creative applications, become obsolete and unusable. I found myself making things out of wood and scraps of metal in the garage at night.”
He went on to found Renga Arts in Sebastopol that sells art, both fine and functional, made from reclaimed, salvaged, and recycled materials. Josef has become a regular at maker faires. At this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire, he created a series of sculptures from old piano parts. At the Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire he will bring his creation that allows users to send a text message that plays music on an array of repurposed percussive instruments. Find out more about Josef’s art at sooch.com.
Rawrz! Toys, are the brain child of Victoria Rose and Ann Sidenblad. Victoria had been making Rawrz! Toys, out of sculpy and felt since 2007. Ann loved the designs, and they decided to join forces, combining skills, and took them to the next level. Rawrz! Toys Sea Creatures were born, including a whimsical narwhale, seahorse, and octopus. Soon we will premiere our Safari Line, the first being Mr. Bigraffey the Giraffe.
Rawrs Toys shows the stages of creating handmade toys! From our original design sketches and paintings we build our toys on the computer in 3d, 3d print them out, make silicone molds, cast them in resin, clean, and then paint!
This is a great opportunity to sell tickets to the Fall Festival & Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire and earn a certain percentage of all sells.
Grid Beam is a modular, reusable building system that is fast, easy to use, affordable, and virtually goof-proof. It requires no shop and minimal tools — all you need is a wrench! From prototypes to finished product-Building with Grid Beam lets you find the inventor in us all.
We produce and sell the finest wood and metal grid beam products and components, manufactured with solar energy, from the original open source building system, Grid Beam.
Phil and Richard Jergenson have been building and designing with Grid Beam for over 30 years. In their hilltop shop, Grid Beam is drilled and finished, projects are modeled and visitors get a chance to build something too! Many original designs got their start using this prototyping material.
Scratch art is a unique medium that involves simply using an etching tool to remove black from a white or colored surface.
Natalie McKean will be showing her work and demonstrating how to use this new and simple recipe to make your own scratchboards at home using cheap and easy to find materials! There will also be CD scratch art project for crafters of all ages, a great way to use all those old CD’s.
Project RiPPLe is a robotics project designed by Christian Johansen, who is a Junior attending Sonoma Academy high school. The aim of the project is to explore the opportunities of robots in the everyday household that are starting to open up in the near future, and the first primary goal is to create a robot that a person can interact with like a they would a servant. The project was on Kickstarter, which was successfully funded during the summer of 2013, and it is an extremely ambitious yet rewarding undertaking which will hopefully be a big success!
He will be attending the Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire to show how far he has gotten and what he is planning next.
Todd Barricklow will be bringing his confounding kinetic creations to the Fall Festival and Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire. Barricklow explains his creative process: “I usually have a plasma cutter in one hand and a welder in the other. I don’t work from a CAD drawing or a blueprint. I work from a sketch and never look back.” He’ll be bringing his Odd Cycle, based on a bike from 1884, with a giant nine feet in diameter metal wheel on one side and two smaller metal wheels on the other that he pedals down a train track.
He’ll also show off his Two Penny, a four-wheel version of the classic penny farthing with eight-feet-in-diameter metal wheels and rear-wheel steering. Barricklow is a member of the Fun Bike Unicorn Club, a loose collective of whimsical builders, inventors, artists, and rabble rousers who happen to like bikes and unicorns. They’ll also be bringing their pixie bikes with 16” or smaller wheels that you can race for the gold!
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Mal has been a musician for over forty-years, lately playing percussion on an old suitcase with the local hardworking Linda Ferro band. “The more I make music, the happier I am. If I can’t play music, I enjoy making instruments.” Mal started making drums out of old washboards and realized that they needed a carrying case. He started finding old suitcases adorned with stickers from around the world and realized that the suitcases themselves could become percussion instruments. He repurposed an old suitcase to fit a skinned tambourine and added a frying pan and an old front-desk bell.
Mal calls his business Re-Percussion. Each instrument he makes is unique and the properties of the suitcase suggest to him what needs to be added. He seeks to create beautiful repurposed sculptures that play snappy percussion. Mal uses these instruments in his own band and is inspired to continue when someone approaches him at a show and says, “I’m going to make one of these at home.” Come play one of Mal’s musical sculpture suitcases and be inspired to do it yourself or take one home (some will be for sale) and bang out a wise world traveler’s tune.