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The Calgary Maker Faire took place at East Village’s River Walk on Sept 8, 2012. It showcased the work, craft and artistry of local crafters,
makers, hackers, tinkerers, artists, authors, roboticists, hobbyists, science clubs and DIY enthusiasts. The faire’s mission was to entertain,
inform, connect, and inspire thousands of current and future makers in Calgary.
Signs provided and made by Dana from Protospace with a laser cutter
Kill-bot from Swallow a Bicycle
Poetry making with @Shannoetry
A bike with skis! biketheslopes.ca
3D printing of Fiber Arts
Brickware Lego Art
The Calgary Steampunk Assemblage
Solarbotics and the WCRS workshops
Telus Spark Science Centre
Robot demo area
Mark Hopkins from Swallow A Bicycle
Ben Reed, Event Manager
Jasmine Antonick from Beakerhead introducing Jay Ingram
Jay Ingram delivering a keynote on Beakerhead
3D Printer Village
Humble Wonder Theater
Jeff de Boer (left) and Steampunk Assemblage (right)
Michel Jackson’s portraits
Shawn Grover from Protospace
The Bass Bus
Drawing Machine by David Bynoe
Ferrofluid reacting to light
Beakerhead’s Art Car Parade
Heritage Weavers show how to process and treat natural fibers for yarn
Dorkbot demo on drawing with vinyls
Posh View’s virtual mirror that shows basic apps for a household
Protospace was asked to create a Tree Topper for the East Village Christmas Tree. We had only a couple of weeks to come up with something awesome, geeky and cool that would represent Protospace, but at the same time would be suitable for East Village’s modern architecture and urbanite vibe. My idea of making a Tesseract or Hypercube came from a tiny obsession with this “impossible” 4-dimensional shape and the concept that it encompasses. The Tesseract is a 3D projection of a shape that we cannot see because of our dimensional limitations.
We brainstormed about the best material to use for making a Tesseract, we wanted it to be lit on its vertices and thus required something that would hold an LED and was sturdy enough to hold strong winds & cold temperatures. We figured acrylic was probably the best material we could use, it was relatively inexpensive and easy to shape.
We got acrylic rods and cut them into 24 segments of different lengths. The edges were held by acrylic triangles that would not only support all 16 vertices, but it would let light go through making it more homogeneous in colour and shape.
With the help of Travis, we created jigs that allowed us to repeat the fabrication with precision and accuracy. Without these, it would’ve taken us twice as long to glue the pieces together.
The rods were originally transparent. We had to sand them one by one so it would act as a light diffuser for the LED. Shining light through a transparent rod acts as fibre optic; doing through diffused material lights up the entire segment.
The inner cube was made first. It was easier for us to work with smaller segments first. Admittedly, neither Kirk nor I had ever done anything like these or worked with these materials. The acrylic segments were glued with Methylene Chloride, a compound that’s commonly used as a solvent. It reacts with the acrylic by ‘melting’ both pieces and once it cures, it creates a solid one-piece bond between segments. This meant that we only had ONE shot at getting it right.
Both cubes were going to be holding 64 LEDs of 4 different colours. This required us to measure the length of wire for each of the vertices as well as some soldering, wire stripping, heat shrinking and wire wrapping. The project box that held the circuit, controller and LEDs was TINY and had to be divided in three parts. We had to use extra thin wire to optimize space and we ended up with a VERY cramped but secure project box.
I got a better camera for these last photos, can you tell? Each of the rods were drilled on both edges so the LEDs would fit and shine through.
Big cube and little cube!
While I figured out the placement and wiring on the cubes, Kirk did the whole electronic component. He bread-boarded the prototype that controlled the blinking of the lights and its cycles by using a little Ardweeny as controller, NPN transistors, and resistor networks for all 64 LEDs.
Kirk soldering of the prototype onto a copper board
We were faced with a challenge when we tried to hold both cubes together. The inner cube had to be in the center of the outer cube and held by eight diagonals. The challenge came when we tried to adjust these steadily without compromising the structure of both cubes. We used nylon rope inserted through a clear tube and bolts to hold it in place.
Ben’s quality approval
The next step was to add the project box, yet another challenge for Kirk, who was left with 128 white wires and little to no space in the project box.
We hacked the project box by drilling two holes on each side, used a funky little connector that shuts down like the aperture in a camera and holds things in place. It was 5AM in the morning when I took this photo and we still had to wire-wrap each LED to the connector!
We finished this at home in a more comfy chair and better heating. I wire-wrapped the LEDs and Kirk did the final touches on the controller, the jumpers and the AC connector.
We had to make sure it worked before sealing everything in the project box with super strong silicon. We turned off the lights and crossed our fingers for it to work!
YAY!!!1!!11 it worked! We looked at it for some good ten minutes remembering all the challenges, sleepless nights, people that helped us along the way and realized we had DONE IT. A crazy concept done from scratch beginning to end. A first for both of us, a photographer and programmer. It was definitely an emotional moment.
The next day, the Tesseract was delivered to East Village for their Christmas Tree. Kirk had the honor of putting it up himself and made sure everything was in place before plugging it up.
We came back at night to see it shining (and to make sure everything was good) It was a really cold night but the Tesseract was intact.
THANK YOU! To all the people at Protospace that helped us create this amazing artifact. Kirk and I couldn’t have done it without the help and expertise of Travis Alexander, Andy Io, Ben Reed, Dana Schloss, Shannon Hoover & Maria Elena Hoover.
Never miss an opportunity for some colourful bokeh.
On Saturday, East Village held a market with all sorts of small businesses and organizations alike. Protospace was there selling electronic goodies and showing some of their automated machines.
The famous eggbot!
3D Printer and drinkbot
People were really drawn to the Egg-bot.
This was one of the best years of my life. I did many things, travelled many places, met awesome people, spent whole days and nights planning, dreaming, star-gazing, laughing and loving. Looking back at photos from the year, I’m amazed at how many different things I got to experience. I feel extremely lucky and loved.
Snowblower makes people dance at -30C in Olympic Plaza
February 2011: Visited East Village for the first time
I met Oscar Lopez, the musician.
Dom Perignon party at 100 Wines with many Artists/Celebrities I didn’t know.
Tessa does her Trek for Tourette to help raise funds for research and support.
I go snow shoeing to Roger’s Pass in BC and get to live in a cabin with no electricity or running water for a couple of days
REAL social interaction. No phones. No music. No TV = bliss.
I meet interesting people!
I have my first gallery show for PARK’s Fashion Mixer. Vicky, Myself and Iryna got together to create the photo in the background.
Emily from Boyhood Uniformity interviews and films me for her blog
We go to Kelowna and the Okanagan to enjoy more summer
I find interesting places in Kelowna
Road of blue conservative signs
We visit an old cabin and school
And Kelowna’s own Zen Garden
We have breakfast in a funky place where they provide toys
We drive by 3 Valley Gap unique landscape
I document Ian Harding’s shoot with Sophia Models
Vicky burns her first BBQ burger of the summer
Cousins at ACAD looking at exhibits
Kirk and I travel to Vulcan, AB for Spock Days
Cousins have a birthday
Photo walk through East Village with Ian and David
July’s full moon
Toaster pets his dog at the first Protospace BBQ in Edworthy Park
The two Bens have a complex discussion about stuff
Kirk gets a hat at the Fringe Festival
Things get weid at the Fringe Festival
August 2011. We go camping at Kananaskis Upper Lake, The point.
I do a few long exposures for the meteor shower but don’t catch any meteors
We make a LOT of s’mores.
Kirk becomes a lumberjack
People get ingenious with improvising furniture
We walk back to civilization and spot a little Inukshuk
We travel to Vancouver, BC. Land of the crazies and the funkies.
Night life is vibrant
Wedding photographer gets photo bombed by guy in underwear.
Everything is green, warm and the parks smell of fresh cut grass and rain
We eat Japanese food
We see balancing rocks that seem impossible
We go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and get soaked
We drive back to Salmon Arm, lay down on fresh grass and star gaze looking for meteors.
I see the milky way with my bare eyes for the first time in my life
The town of Salmon Arm shines and reflects in the lake at night
I take long exposures and think of distant planets while I wait for my camera’s aperture to close
We go explore, jump on logs, water and feel the sun warming our skin
Kirk jumps from log to log with ease while I observe from a safe distance
Kirk takes me for a ride on the sea-doo for the first time. I feel safer on the dock taking photos.
We go camping to Jasper, AB. Last camping of the summer.
I get my photo taken with the Inukshuks
Protospace has a BBQ at Solarbotics. We make little robots with their laser cutter.
We etch androids on our android phones
There is no free cake
We go fishing with friends at Ghost Lake, AB.
They don’t catch a fish but we have a good time and enjoy the last days of summer
Toaster makes a mouse trap
Protospace gets a new home!
December 2011: We build a Tesseract for the Christmas Tree in East Village
We spend many nights and days working on it and manage to finish it in a week.
We go to Edmonton. Kirk finds cacti fascinating at the Muttart Conservatory
The Werklunds reunite for Christmas
I went through thousands of photos and selected the ones that I find most memorable. I didn’t include any photos from photo shoots because it would’ve made this post twice as long, but those were also a huge part of my life. I got to work with so many awesome people and got to shoot and do things that fulfilled me. I look back at the year and I feel very happy to have lived so many beautiful moments. I can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring!