Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is just around the corner! Here are some reminders to plan your day accordingly:
- Download our FREE YAPP for your mobile device to guide you: my.yapp.us/CHINORTHMINI
- Or, check out the MAKERS tab on this website to see who’s coming! And read the FAQs in the ATTEND tab.
- Bring broken tschotske to be fixed by Community Glue.
- Bring stuff you’ve always wanted to solder.
- Bring cash, so you can pick up some kits to build on site! (Remember that you can also donate to Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire at the door, and receive a free pin as a token of our appreciation.)
- Check the weather: It’s said to be mostly sunny, with a high of 78 degrees and 10% chance of rain. Dress accordingly.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CNSmakerfaire, and use #makerfairechicago during the event!
We’re incredibly excited to meet all the new and returning Makers this Saturday, as well as all the awesome attendees, who are also makers-in-training.
Watch out! The Colossal Squid is coming to Mini-Maker Faire! Join Carl Schurz students as they work on making a colossal squid out of plastic bags. Students fuse plastic bags together to create body parts for a life size, anatomically correct, and inflatable colossal squid. When completed, it’ll be about 20 feet long, and 4-6 feet wide. It’ll tour schools, park districts and more. Along the way, students learn about this mysterious animal that changes color and texture that lives near Antarctica.
The project, known as Artology – is a collaboration between Carl Schurz School and Columbia College’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP). The program is taught by Dee Hotchner of Discover the Depths, Laura Christman of CCAP and Lauren Bauknecht, a Schurz teacher. The project gives students a scientific background in marine biology and teaches students the importance of the ocean and the threats the oceans currently face. Simply put, humanity cannot survive without the ocean. The project also educates students about art methodology and how to manipulate recyclable materials into art pieces and educational tools.
Join fellow students and volunteers to watch them work on constructing body parts at Mini-Maker Faire. Come by and learn more about the amazing colossal squid!
It’s not everyday you make art with complete strangers. That’s what the Bookbinding and Papermaking art project wants you to do. At Mini-Maker Faire, people can learn how to make Flexagons and play the Exquisite Corpse. A Flexagon is “a piece of paper that can be folded in different ways, revealing and rearranging page order.” When completed, the Flexagons will be a central part of the writing and drawing game called “The Exquisite Corpse.” This is how it’s played. Everyone gets to write or draw something small on a side of the Flexagon. Then the Flexagon is passed to the next person who draws or writes something on a blank side, without seeing the preceding artwork. The Flexagon is passed on and on until it is completed. At the end of the game, the group will have collectively created funny, profound poetry and art pieces. It’s about collectively creating art.
The project is a collaborative project is part of Columbia College’s Center for Community Partnerships at Carl Schurz School. It is a collaborative project between FLOWetry, led by teaching artist Maya Odim, and Printing Sans Ink, led by teaching artist Trisha Martin. FLOWetry teaches poetry and performance art while Printing Sans Ink focuses on bookbinding, such as papermaking, paper folding and more. Come join them at Mini-Maker Faire to make your own Flexagon and play the Exquisite Corpse!
Do wondrous things. That’s the philosophy behind Scott Priz’s DIY Circus. He believes that theatre isn’t just something trained people do on stage; theatre can be made by anyone anywhere. Everyone has an imagination; it’s just a matter of using it and having fun in the process. You don’t need a stage for any of that (though it is nice to have one). DIY Circus also believes in the importance of audience in all theatre. There doesn’t need to be a fourth wall. All actors should involve the audience and make them a co-conspirator in the performance.
Members of DIY Circus have put on their own shows throughout Chicago, even starting on a homemade stage in someone’s backyard. Today, members of DIY Circus collaborate with Pocket Guide to Hell to put on historical recreations and events in bars and parks throughout the city, such as the First Ward Ball and Chicago Children’s TV Shows.
DIY Circus is excited to return to Mini-Maker Faire. All day, DIY Circus will put on charming acrobatic performances by students from local circus school, the Aloft Loft. DIY Circus will hold workshops for kids where they learn to build scenes, learn about the structure of a play and then act. There will also be a puppet performance with a puppet making workshop. Come on by and release the inner circus performer within you!
Community Glue Workshop wants to help you fix your stuff. Or better yet,
help you learn how to fix it and assist others with their broken items. The basic idea is this: people show up to monthly events, usually at Ally Brisbin’s café Kitchen Sink, with their broken items and they are paired up with volunteer “fixers” who help to repair the item. It turns the famous Brave New World axiom on its head: Mending, not Spending. The group tries to fix a wide range of items such as toys, clothes, lamps and guitars. They once even fixed a SuperSoaker.
Ally Brisbin and Carla Bruni founded the group about a year ago with the aim of building community and encouraging sustainability. Ally believes the group helps bring neighbors together and rely on each other. Moreover, people get in touch with their own skills and possessions. Carla focuses on the sustainability aspect of the group. Too many people, even environmentally concerned ones, focus too much on disposal of old products and purchase of “green” products to deal with the greater environmental problem. Carla explains that we really can’t just spend our way out of the problem. That’s why repair is so critical.
Community Glue Workshop is excited to set up shop at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. Bring your broken stuff to get fixed at the Community Glue Workshop at Maker Faire:
- busted jewelry
- upset clothing
- broken lamps and tools
- musical instruments who have lost their voice
- other interesting tchotchke to figure out and fix!
“This is where you get to build one of those LED flashing things,” returning makers Dwayne and Dale introduce their traveling workshop. You start with the kit, and use the tools provided in the maker area. If you’ve always wanted to learn to solder, this is the place to go! When you are done, you will have a working blinkie. The entire process only takes about 15 minutes, depending on your skill level! Blinkie Techs will be on hand to help you debug any problems. (Children are encouraged to build their parent’s blinkie, but the parent has to stick around and learn about the process.)
This year, Dwayne and Dale will offer FREE “Atomic Musecon” kits for attendees, sponsored by the folks at MuseCon (pictured).In case you’re wondering, they will also offer their full range of 2DKits from beginners to advanced. (Prices range from $5 – $80.)
Have you always wanted to show people that awesome thing you made that time? Or that cool thing you do? If you’ve been thinking about being a maker at the second annual Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside, now is the time to act! The Call for Makers has been extended for one more weekend, until April 30th!
Check out our list of last year’s makers for inspiration. Or bring something Chicago hasn’t yet seen!
Questions? Contact us at ChicagoNorthsideMF@gmail.com