Learn how E-textiles are an accessible and fun introduction into the world of electronics

Come to Champlain Mini Maker Faire to stitch with conductive thread and make Champ, The Lake Champlain Sea Monster, light up!


You’ve probably heard me talk about my enthusiasm for Champlain Mini Maker Faire , coming right up on September 29, 2012. This event will bring together innovators of all ages in engineering, science and the arts. Today I want to share my excitement about a particular maker who is coming to the Faire:  Beverly Ball, a teacher from Denver Academy in Denver, Colorado who will show visitors how E-textiles are an accessible and fun introduction into the world of electronics.

Want to try working with conductive thread? At Bev’s booth you’ll get to help sew a huge LED glowing CHAMP, The Lake Champlain Sea Monster!

Below are descriptions of her booth and workshop, designed for all those curious! See you there!

11:00 am– 11:30 am | Maker Stage

This pictures’n’talk presentation is for teachers, craftspeople, artists, and hobbyists who want to combine hands-on arts and crafts skills with emerging digital technology. Learn what E-textiles are, how to get started, and why they’re such an accessible and fun introduction into the world of electronics. See examples of some of the ways to incorporate embedded computation into your own projects, from simply decorating a hat with LEDs to using shape-shifting wire to add kinetic elements into otherwise static objects.

Booth #32

See for yourself how soft circuits work at this hands-on/demo booth. Stitch LEDs and batteries together with conductive thread to see just how delicate and flexible electronics can be. All ages welcome.  We’re building Champ! – The Lake Champlain Monster.

Also demonstrating soft circuits at Champlain Mini Maker Faire is Soft Circuit Saturdays from neighboring New Hampshire!

SparkFun comes to Champlain Maker Faire

SparkFun Electronics will be at Champlain Maker Faire

Thanks to SparkFun for helping us get the word out about Champlain Maker Faire! Like SparkFun, our sister studio Sesamedia New Media is a sponsor of the event.

In addition to their sponsorship, SparkFun will be at Champlain Maker Faire, giving demos and presentations right along with Vermont Makers and Lab B. Their generosity is something we’ve experienced here in VT before, when they visited just last spring and gave workshops.

Here’s a snippet from the recent SparkFun blog post:

“We’re all really big fans of Maker Faire at SparkFun – we have sponsored the Faires from very early on. The big Faires, New York and San Mateo are spectacles of the first order. The draw of the Faire is that you get to see things and meet people who have common interest and are working on projects that you might not otherwise see. The exposure to new technology and ideas is constant and inspiring. It’s also great to be part of a community, we are all familiar with the eye rolling family members who could care less about our totally autonomous freezer defroster with datalogging and Twitter feed. But the ability to revel in our absolute devotion to odd ideas with our community is really fun! This brings me to Vermont…”

For the whole story:

Sound Arts and the Vermont Maker Movement

Jenn Karson with arduino
Jenn Karson with an Arduino. Photo by Matt Thorsen for Seven Days

This week’s Seven Days features the article “Meet Your Makers: Vermont hackers, artists and inventors are sharing ideas — and solving problems.” We were thrilled to be interviewed and are very grateful to Megan James for her excellent writing and to Matt Thorsen for the creative photography.

Call for Makers! Champlain Maker Faire

Maybe Studio Ju Ju will revive "Salon Pod" for Maker Faire! We'll see.
Calling all inventors, hackers, crafts people, artists, programmers, scientists, foodies, musicians. Fancy yourself a Maker? If you like to tinker, sculpt, experiment, make tools, make toys, make art, make music, make anything – please respond to this Call For Makers!There’s a new event in town called the Champlain Maker Faire. If you are familiar with the Maker movement (Vermont Makers, Maker Faire, Make Magazine, etc…) then you’ll know what it’s all about. If you want to learn more, read about us.What: This Call for Makers is for the Champlain Maker Faire which will host exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, maker spaces, talks, entertainment, food and much moreWhere: Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VermontWhen: This Call for Makers applies to events on Saturday September 29, 10:00 am – 7pmHere’s just a sample of what we’re looking for• Vintage Tech and Gaming    • Design/Architecture/Engineering    • Robotics• Hacker and Maker Space    • Biotech/Biochem    • HAM Radio• Art Cars    • And much more! Read the expanded list.Call for Makers Details Application Form (Due July 30)

Signs of Spring in the Studio Ju Ju Gardens

Even though I’ve lived in Vermont most of my life, spring always takes me by surprise – the smells, sounds, warm sun and the pure pleasure being outside without the need for a coat! All so easily forgotten after our long winters.

The scenes here were photographed this morning. I’m posting this at about 7pm. After just one warm sunny afternoon, the view has become dramatically more colorful and green. Even the soundscape has changed (more on that later!) These photos captured a fleeting moment when the colors were just starting to come out against a lavender backdrop of naked tree branches.

Ringtones, Makers and Max/MSP: Right here in VT

Our sister studio Sesamedia New Media Design + Strategy is helping us distribute our many, many ringtones. You can participate in the naming contest and download free ringtones in thenew media arts section of Sesamedia website.

In other sound news, through Vermont Makers, we connected with a few local artists and technologists who work in max/MSP. Plans are coming together to offer max/MSP workshops in Burlington in the late fall of 2012. It is thrilling to meet and hopefully work with other max/MSP – arduino enthusiasts here in rural Vermont! We’ll keep you posted and if you are interested in attending the workshops, please go over to the Vermont Makers site and sign up for their mailing list.

Speaking of Vermont Makers, don’t miss our event this Tuesday night April 3 Blinkies, the Quadcopter, Thing-O-Matic and more!