Every year at RuffleCon, our Members show off fantastic and fancy handmade creations. Some designers use time-honored techniques for simple, yet elegant results. Others meanwhile incorporate the latest technology in their constructions. We have a special place in our heart for crafty people of all stripes. One way we encourage our members is with our Handmade Contest, which has been part of RuffleCon since Year 1! For this reason, we knew we had the share the news when the organizers of Stamford MakeFest reached out to us!
MakeFest is the annual event hosted by the Ferguson Library in Stamford (CT) to celebrate local makers of all kinds and give them a chance to show what they can do. In 2017 it will feature everything from high-tech and low-tech to no-tech. It's a great place to learn some new techniques, meet some new friends and get inspired for RuffleCon 2017! As they say, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic!
About Stamford MakeFest
The Ferguson Library has two makerspaces: one in the Youth Services department, and for adults in the Technology Center on the building’s third floor. Regular classes on various subjects take place at both makerspaces. Furthermore, patrons have the chance to use everything from 3D printers and scanners to musical instruments and art supplies. MakeFest is our celebration of the creative community that our makerspaces serve.
Visitors to this year’s MakeFest will be able to enjoy:
- Virtual reality games and experiences, provided by the library and also by Stamford’s own Mixed Reality Arcade
- An escape room, a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to get “free”
- Warli, a form of Indian folk art practiced by Prachi Kadhe
- Spheroid robots controlled by smartphones
- Clay sculpture by Carole Monahan of the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild
- An augmented-reality artwork how-to
- Opportunities to meet podcasters, publishers, and writers
- Electric skateboards made by the hackers at Rippowam Labs
- A demonstration by R. Hollander Goldsmith of how high-end jewelry is made with 3D imaging technology
- RetroPie, an old-school video game console hacked from a Raspberry Pi microcomputer
- The chance to play the library’s own electric guitar, keyboard, bass and ukulele out on the plaza
- Plenty of activities for the young ones, including drawing stations, safety pin jewelry, and Shrinky Dinks
- and more to come
MakeFest 2017 will take place on Saturday, September 16th from noon until five in the evening. Its events will take place (weather permitting) on both the library’s plaza and throughout the building. This will be a rain-or-shine event. All ages are welcome!