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Britt Bass :: Live Installation

Maker Faire community meet Britt Bass. Britt, meet the Maker Faire community. Britt Bass, a Georgia native, is a multi-talented artist that works with paper, fabric, paint, color, and other mediums. She’s been kind enough to commit to come to the Faire and spend the day creating a live installation using all of those things. Have you ever witnessed someone creating an immense, undulating work of art? You will…

Credit: Britt Bass

Wooden Tops from a Mini-Lathe

When’s the last time you saw a woodturning artist carve a block of wood into a wooden spinning top? Well if you happened to be in at the Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville on the weekend of June 4th, you’d probably say “I guess it was the weekend of June 4th in Douglasville.” That’s where I got to meet Steve Pritchard, a veteran wood artist and president of the Georgia Association of Woodturners. He was having a blast making tops and then coloring them with some markers to hand to all of the kids. Do you even remember the last time you spun one of these little guys? Regardless of your answer, it’s been too long!

Come to the Faire on October 6th, shake Steve’s hand, and watch him work some magic.

Do You Get Tired of Going to the Gas Station?

Do you ever get up in the middle of the night and think “Gosh, if only I drove a purely electric vehicle, then I’d never have to go to the gas station again!”

Well, Jay Summet did just that. I’m not sure if a middle-of-the-night thought was his inspiration, but he drives around a S-10 Pickup that has been converted to run on batteries. Check out what it looks like under his truckbed:

Credit: Jay Summet

How COOL IS THAT??!? Be sure to talk to Jay come October 6th so you can learn about the ins and outs of maintaining a DIY electric vehicle.

Is That a Gun Shaped Terrarium That Waters the Plants When You Pull the Trigger?

Why yes, yes it is. That’s the work of Duncan Shirah, one of our many makers.

Workshop #2 – A to Zine: How to Make, Copy and Sell Your Zine

Ever made a zine? Do you even have a clue what one is? It’s pretty simple in concept – zines are self-produced publications with no limit on form or content. That’s a reasonable starting point, but then you find yourself in front of a piece of paper, with some more paper, a handful of pencils and pens and crayons, maybe an x-acto knife, and it turns out theĀ possibilitiesĀ are endless!

Amanda Mills and the rest of the Atlanta Zine Library will be putting on a workshop where you will learn each step of making a zine. You’ll get to see a wide selection of zines from other artists, practice basic layout and formatting, and learn how to distribute zines to a wider audience. Then you get to work your artistic chops and create a page to be featured in an Atlanta Mini Maker Faire Zine!

Second Round of Makers is Up!

We’re up to 32 individuals and groups now! Maker Joe will be back, the Atlanta Zine Library will be running a Zine workshop, Relapse Theatre will show off their improv skills, Buffy Hamilton will talk about libraries as makerspaces, and much more!

Check out our newbies!

First Round of Makers Is Up!

Now that we’re halfway through our Call for Makers, we’ve finally been able to go through a number of the folks who have applied, finalize our Maker Manual, get some other documentation squared away, and sent out our acceptance emails. Check out our 2012 Makers page to get a taste of what we have in store this year!

We’re Famous!

Thanks to Eric, we’re on MAKE Magazine’s new MAKE:Page 2 blog. This should be a great help in spreading the word about the Faire. So far we’ve got 24 people signed up (not too bad for two weeks!), but I’m hoping to see it get closer to 70 as September 6th gets closer.

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Workshop #1: SMT Soldering

We’re happy to report that Scott Driscoll of has signed on to do our first workshop.

For all of you electronics enthusiasts out there, you’ll want to sign up to learn how to solder surface mount components with a REGULAR iron. There will be a nominal fee involved ($5) for parts, and the class size will be 15 people. We’ve got him signed on for one workshop, but if we have a good amount of interest, he’s happy to add on a second one.

We’re trying to get people to sign up before the Faire to better organize our efforts, so head over to his blog post to get your name on the list and find out some more information.

Call for Makers Now Open

It is with great enthusiasm that I’m able to announce that the 2012 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers is now open! You’ve got exactly six weeks from today to get your submissions in so you can play a part in this year’s Mini Maker Faire.

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