JP Crafts Fair 2014

CRAFT-FAIR-2014_Page_1-CopyLast weekend, Boston Makers set up a booth at the JP Crafts Fair, an annual show featuring handcrafted gifts, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, folk art, and delicious food made by Jamaica Plain locals.

Throughout the day we had the opportunity to chat with a number of local makers about their projects, work habits and aspirations, discussing how the concept of community workspaces with shared tools can inspire and transform the way one creates.

Among our fellow craftspeople were jewelry artist Beth Wilson, potter Lorraine Ott, mixed media artist Ada Solomon, and found fabric seamstress Catherine Marrow of Eat the Mommy who creates vintage inspired children’s clothing, who all took the time to show us their creative work. Check out their websites and photos of their work below!

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Beth Wilson and her daughter Emily

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Lorraine Ott, potter

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Catherine Marrow of Eat the Mommy

CRAFT-FAIR-2014_Page_4 CRAFT-FAIR-2014_Page_3 From tinkerers to seamstresses, jewelry makers and pottery artists, speaking with vendors and visitors at JP Craft Fair reminded us when you bring together people with diverse skills and talents the creative energy is intoxicating. Thank you to those who took the time to speak with us! We welcome all the feedback we get and are working hard to create a makerspace in the neighborhood that aligns to the community’s needs. Please stay tuned for our upcoming meetings if you’d like to continue the conversation. Happy holidays!

Boston Makers Creates Special Effects for October 31st Halloween Festival

Boston Makers has been collaborating with teen members of the Hyde Square Task Force over the past month to build a special effect for a Halloween Festival planned on October 31st from 4:30 – 6:30 PM in front of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Please join the fun! See what we created with a strip of RGB addressable leds, pumpkins and a microphone sensor and a pair of congo drums!

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Register now for the Make Your Halloween Costume Light Up” Workshop

I’m leading a “Make Your Halloween Costume Light Up” workshop on Saturday, Oct. 25th from 10:00 Am – 1:00 PM – a fun easy and fun introduction to electronics with no previous sewing experience required!

You’ll learn how to sew an electrical circuit with metallic thread and wearable LEDS into your Halloween costume to create a stand out costume! Bring your costume and we’ll have a sewing machine, sewable leds, wearable battery holders, scissors, a hot glue station, metal thread and other supplies as well as experienced wearable designers to help you think through your design and teach you how to create a wearable circuit. This workshop will take place in the basement of the Youth Community Development Center (behind the Blessed Sacrament Church) at 361 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain and is recommended for children 10+ and adults. Cost is $15.00 per person payable on the day of the event and the registration deadline is Wednesday, October 22nd at midnight. E-mail any questions to: eileen@bostonmakers.org

Here’s a photo of a jacket that we sewed a spooky spider on.

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Register online at: http://goo.gl/forms/CgkDZikrq7

Please bring a check or cash with you on the day of the event and give some thought in advance about what part of your costume you’d like to illuminate. For some ideas go to: https://learn.adafruit.com/lets-put-leds-in-things/sewable-circuits and http://www.pinterest.com/dannu/wearable-textiles/

Have a safe and spooky Halloween <|:~]

Eileen McMahon

New young Makers Club starts

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The Young Makers Club is where you will learn how to use technology and configure it in interesting ways.

It will run for 8 weeks on Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM starting on October 5th thru Nov 23rd and is resource for young makers 10-15 years old although older teens may participate as volunteers.

Suggested projects will include building a computer, programming robots and micro-controllers, repairing electronic items, configuring game servers, constructing wearable Halloween costumes, and assembling some kinetic toys like marshmallow guns.  The participants decide what to do and can suggest projects to take on.

Meetings are held in the basement of the Youth Community Development Center (behind the Blessed Sacrament Church) located at 361 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. We request a donation of $5.00 each meeting to help cover the cost of supplies.

If you have a specific project that you want to work on please mention it in the comment field.  If you want to register your child use this form.

 

New October Initiatives!

We recently created a discussion list so that you can easily post and share information with the Boston Maker community. Look for the “Join our Discussion List” app here on our home page.

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A Young Makers Club led by Dominic Burdick starts this Sunday October 5th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and will run through late November. This is an opportunity for young makers 10+yrs to meet, learn and share ideas. Meetings will be held in the basement of the Youth Community Development Center (behind the Blessed Sacrament Church) 361 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, A small donation of $5.00 or less is requested to cover supplies. To reserve a seat for your child go here: http://goo.gl/forms/SqDuW7LOhJ

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Want your costume to stand out this Halloween? Take the Light Up Your Halloween Costume, a wearable electronics workshop, on Saturday Oct. 25th from 10:00 Am to 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. You’ll learn sew an electrical circuit with 4-5 wearable leds into your Halloween costume and power it with a coin battery. Recommended for children 10+ and adults. Workshop cost is $15.00 per person payable on the day of the event. For more details and to register go here: http://goo.gl/forms/CgkDZikrq7

We’d love to start a weekly Raspberry pi or arduino group and are looking for someone to lead it. Please e-mail eileen “at” bostonmakers if you’re interested.

Missed the NY World Maker Faire? Good news – the MIT Maker Faire is happening this weekend Saturday Oct. 4th! More info here: https://makerfaire.mit.edu/

If you’re interested in volunteering for Boston Makers or would just like to know more about what we’re up to these days, please come to our next Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 7:00 PM. We’ll be meeting in the basement of the Youth Community Development Center (behind the Blessed Sacrament Church) located at 361 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

500 Origami Lanterns created for JP Open Studios

Boston Makers worked with the Hyde Square Task Force to create over 500 origami lanterns in different sizes. Most were illuminated by “throwies” simple LED circuits we created with green, white, orange and yellow leds and 3 volt batteries. It looked great!

Click here to see more JPOS Paper Lantern Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emcmahon/sets/72157647494514259/