Multcolib Research Picks: Portland Mini-Maker Faire 2013
Annotation:Come visit the library at Portland's Mini Maker Faire. "Portland Mini Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people share what they are making and learning."
Annotation:Want to build a house? Make microbrews? Be part of the maker faire movement? Are you the DIY type who knits sweaters and weaves wool? Explore crafty ideas and projects including sewing, beading and needlework, projects for the home, and other handmade items.
Annotation:"Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution...In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing."
Annotation:"Presents instructions for more than one hundred robotic projects, describing useful tools, materials, and techniques, along with practical advice on power supply, robot locomotion, arm systems, circuit boards, microcontrollers, and remote control systems."
Annotation:"Learn how to successfully build moving mechanisms through non-technical explanations, examples, and do-it-yourself projects--from kinetic art installations to creative toys to energy-harvesting devices."
Annotation:"A practical guide with step-by-step instructions and hands-on projects for making useful objects for around the home, as well as fun artistic projects. For beginning artists, DIYers, and hobbyists."
Annotation:"Shows how to hack sensors, accelerometers, remote controllers, ultrasonic rangefinders, motors, stereo equipment, microphones, and FM transmitters."
Annotation:"With 'smart' materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. Fashioning Technology is an introductory DIY book that brings technology and crafts together in a fun and unique way."
Annotation:"You don't even need a sewing machine to upcycle old sweaters into new wearables, blankets, pillows, and dolls that are fresh, playful, and utterly captivating. It's as easy as felting the wool, cutting the pieces for your new project, and stitching everything together using simple hand-sewing skills."
Annotation:"Includes 50 projects to give old things a new lease of life...ReCraft is about allowing your second-hand finds to inspire you!"
Annotation:"Using easy-to-find components and tools, this do-it-yourself book shows you how to brew up green cleaners, transform all types of paper into building materials, safety rid your home and yard of pests, and much more--all on the cheap!"
Annotation:"Understand the process of product design, from start to finish. More than 200 color images plus easy-to-understand flow charts... an integrated overview of the design process, gathering information about every facet from idea to execution to selling into one handy volume."
Annotation:"This book presents a broad introduction to design theory and practice. Both lively and accessible, the book takes the reader step by step through the key topics of taste, design evolution, composition, colour, drawing, communication and expression."
Annotation:Concise how-to information on urban homesteading, including everything from making solar cookers to raising chickens on a small plot of land.
Annotation:"This book is for anyone who wants to create their own zine. It's for learning tips and tricks from contributors who have been at the fore front of the zine movement. It's for getting inspired to put thoughts and ideas down on paper. It's for learning how to design and print your own zine so you can put it in others' hands."
Annotation:Some of the best articles from Instructables.com, with "plenty of clear, full-color photographs, complete step-by-step instructions, as well as tips, tricks, and new build techniques you won't find anywhere else."
Annotation:"More than 100 famous landmarks in LEGO form, including the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, La Sagrada Familia, the Trevi Fountain and the Empire State Building."
Annotation:"Journalist Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the twenty-first century's most influential and creative thinkers" and "ulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists' inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being."
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The library is a paradise for makers, and in honor of the 2nd Annual Portland Mini-Maker Faire, sponsored by OMSI, we created a list of books covering everything from robotics to zine making. Whatever it is you want to create, we have the resources, the knowledge and the friendly librarians to help you.