Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mark Mathias Talks Maker Faire with John Hartwell

Founder and Co-Chair Mark Mathias recently visited DFATV’s Stream of Conscience show where host John Hartwell interviewed him about the origins of the Westport Mini Maker Faire and what it’s all about. See it here first! This video is set to air Wednesday, April 17, 2013 on Cablevision Channel 88.

John Hartwell interviews Mark Mathias about the Westport Mini Maker Faire. Mark is the Founder and Co-Chair of the faire. Working with Bill Derry of the Westport Library, they brought the first Maker Faire to Connecticut last April. This family-friendly event showcases the work of a variety of “makers” from Westport, Connecticut and beyond. It provides an outlet for anyone who embraces the DIY or DIT (do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. This year’s faire will take place on Saturday April 27th at the Westport Library.

Filmed in The Studio for Acting, Singing, and Video in Hartford, CT on March 17th, 2013.

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Maker Balam Soto’s project featured in Hartford Courant

Balam Soto, a presenting maker at Westport Maker Faire for the second straight year, has a hi-tech interactive installation in the show “Paper to Pixel” at Vernon Community Arts Center on view through May 12, 2013.

Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant wrote in an April 2 article, “The installation is made up of a five-foot cube hung with white fabric. A projector is aimed at the cube. From there, the installation takes two forms. On performance days, Soto’s 14-year-old daughter, Jade, straps sensors to herself and dances in the cube. The sensors set off a series of visual and audio projections based on her movements. (‘When it’s dark, it looks tremendous,’ Soto says.) On non-performance days, visitors can pick up a small cube with the same sensors in it. How the visitor plays with the cube will determine the visual and audio output.”

Read the full article, visit Balam’s website, and see the artist’s sensor suit and other projects in action at this month’s Westport Maker Faire!