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Print Your .STL Files on a Stratasys at the Faire

Advanced Educational Technologies is at the Faire today with Stratasys 3D printers. Bring a .stl file to their booth and have it printed while you wait!

See more about prepping a .stl file for printing.

Our Faire Team

The Westport Mini Maker Faire Organizing Committee broke out the T-shirts Thursday night and put the finishing touches on the faire grounds. These hard working people are nothing more than a boisterous group of oversized children, and a tent full of wonders is their ultimate playground. Thanks, everyone!

Maker Faire Organizers - 2013



The Tent Goes Up on Jesup Green

The countdown is on for Saturday. The tent is pitched and signs are made. We can’t wait to flood Jesup Green with makers!

Tent on Jesup Green

Mark Mathias and Bill Derry, co-chairs for the Westport Mini Maker Faire, ensure the tent and signs are in good shape.  Nick Mathias is helping to ensure there are fun things for children of all ages.

MaKey MaKey Magic!

What’s MaKey MaKey, you say? It’s a simple device that can turn virtually anything into a computer keyboard. Watch this video and explore the possibilities! Maker Josh Burker will be demonstrating his MaKey MaKey skills and teaching you how to make your own creations this Saturday at the Westport Mini Maker Faire.

Small Mossy Worlds at the Maker Faire

Last year, Westport Maker Faire attendees took Allison Wonderland Terrariums by storm, leaving maker Allison Gazerro with a sold out booth! Her terrariums are back this year and we can’t wait to see what adventures will be found under glass.

Allison Wonderland Terrariums

From Westport Maker Faire to the Runway

TV fashion competitions like Project Runway remind us that all great designers begin with a bolt of fabric and a DIY moment. Find out how the Maker Movement is catapulting the fashion industry into uncharted territory at the Westport Mini Maker Faire. Ellen Gang, acclaimed Connecticut-based designer and instructor at Sacred Heart University and FIT, will demonstrate draping fabric on a dress form to construct exquisite garments at this year’s Maker Faire.

Lotus Top by ThreeForm

Lotus Top by ThreeForm is available for sale at

Then, make way for the technology! Demonstrating maker ThreeForm is a design company that creates custom wearable art that fits a person’s exact measurements using 3D body scans and 3D printing.

Tech savvy supermodel Coco Rocha on the Shapeways production floor

Tech savvy supermodel Coco Rocha on the Shapeways production floor

Shapeways is a 3D printing service that is revolutionizing the fashion industry and will also have a booth at Westport Mini Maker Faire. Just this morning, supermodel Coco Rocha visited Shapeways’ NYC factory to witness how today’s designers print jewelry directly into metal, and fabricate full gowns for Hollywood stars.

The world’s first fully articulated 3D printed gown was printed by Shapeways, dyed, and adorned with 12,000 Swarovski crystals. Watch this video to see how the dress went from inspiration, to fabrication, to being worn by style icon Dita Von Teese.

Glass bead rings by Lavender Dawn

Glass bead rings by Lavender Dawn

Alongside the 3D printers will be Lavender Dawn with an oxy-propane torch turning hot glass into stunning accessories. Glass artisan Dawn Lombard Manning creates dimensional glass beads under a flame, cools them in a kiln, and designs wearable jewelry. Not only will you see Dawn in action at the Maker Faire, you can learn more about joining her bead making workshops at Brookfield Craft Center.

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!