Maker Fairelandia: Portland Gets Ready for a Weekend of Making

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host the Portland Mini Maker Faire Sept. 15-16. Here are some of the makers and exhibits to look for:

Ex Libris Anonymous With a love for the art and design of hardcover books, Ex Libris Anonymous was founded in 2000 to spread enthusiasm as widely as possible. Each journal is lovingly manufactured using a recycled hardcover book and includes pages and illustrations from the original peppered throughout. Every journal made is a unique work of art. A high quality, 60lb, partially recycled blank paper is used as a medium to record your thoughts or sketch your dreams. You can buy a pre-made journal for $14, or bring your own hardback book to be made into a journal for $5.

Fuzzy Lamps Portlander Shawn Collins has created a collection of uniquely beautiful lamps. He calls them Fuzzy Lamps. These one of a kind creations are made from wire and various types of paper such as maps and newsprint. Stop by and learn how to create your very own lamp or contribute a drawing to the OMSI collaborative lamp project.

Google Map Dive Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to dive straight into your computer? Google Map Dive is just that. Come experience a virtual skydive into one of the most popular map applications in the world. Portland-based developer Instrument, created the experiment using eight different computers all running Google Chrome. A depth sensing camera that lets users use their body to navigate Pegman (the Google Maps Street View icon) through a series of gates in a free fall to famous monuments around the word.

OMSI Booth OSMI’s booth will feature maker projects for kids and adult. Intrepid makers can learn how to solder by crafting a working LED badge. Those makers with an artistic spirit can build their favorite 8-bit characters pixel by pixel and take home a mini work of art. Kids (and kid-like adults) can turn Legos into rocket-powered race cars. Here’s a look at some of the scenes from last year’s fair:

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Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

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