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Keep up with the latest about the Site 3 location, events, equipment, workshops and the fantastic art projects coming from this space.

Mini Maker Faire Toronto is this weekend!


One more sleep until Mini Maker Faire Toronto! This weekend, May 7 & 8, a swarm of makers, crafters, designers, and nerds of all stripes will descend on the Evergreen Brickworks for Toronto’s first ever Mini Maker Faire. Site 3 and the Treehouse group have been working away getting this event organized and we’re hoping to see you there! To get an idea for what Maker Faire is all about, check out the short film We Make Things by Ryan Varga.

Tickets are $10 for the day or $15 for the whole weekend. For kids it’s $5 for the day and $7.50 for the weekend. For information on how to get to the Brickworks, check out their website or the official Mini Maker Faire site.

You can find a big list of all the exhibitors here.

For more info check out the official Maker Faire Toronto website.

Super Street Fire Development Party


This Thursday, Site 3 will be holding a testing and development session for our latest flame-effect installation, Super Street Fire! Come on down to the shop and help us test our flame-controller gloves, do some sweet moves, and maybe even play a little Street Fighter 2.

As usual, the open house starts at 7:00PM. Hope to see you there!

By Hobgob | 03 May 2011 | events | , , | 0 Comments   

Portal 2 Launch Party!


That could be YOU.

On Thursday, April 21, during our regular open house evening, Site 3 will host an unofficial Portal 2 launch party extravaganza! Portal is a crazy game where you navigate through a series of rooms, solving puzzles at each stage in order to progress through the labyrinth. It is a very good game!

We’ll have Xboxes and projectors set up to play, and you’re invited to come play with us! We have ONE copy of Portal 2 and TWO copies of the original Portal to award to the awesome-est players. The party will start at the same time as the open house, 7:00.

There may also be prizes for most awesomest Portal-related things you make! If you don’t have a friend to bring, you can always make one here on the laser:

Please come.

By Hobgob | 09 April 2011 | events | , , , | 0 Comments   

Leather mask workshop roundup, and future dates!

 

This past weekend’s mask-making workshops were a huge success! I was amazed at how great everybody did, and the variety of masks people created was incredible. Everyone had time to work on and take home three masks. You can see several more pictures from the Sunday session at our Flickr page (and hopefully we’ll add some from Saturday, too).

Our last sessions sold out so quickly that many people who wanted to register didn’t get a chance. The good news is, we’re doing it again in February! Once again there will be two sessions, one of Saturday, February 19th, and the other on Sunday, February 20th. If you’re interested, register quickly! As always, registration for our events is available at site3.eventbrite.com.

By Jonathan | 25 January 2011 | learning | | 0 Comments   

Leather mask-making workshops

Announcing our craftiest workshops yet: wet-molded leather mask-making with Adam Smith! Those of you who know Adam know how exciting this is; for those of you who don’t know him, Adam is a genius mad-scientist/leather-worker/costumer/prop-maker. As far as I can tell, if something is filmed in Toronto and has something in it that’s made out of leather, chances are Adam made it.

The class will cover the various types of leathers and their use, characteristics of different parts of the hide, as well as some of the tools specific to leatherworking. Participants will learn some of the basics of water-molding leather and leather finishing, and if successful will be able to create and finish two molded leather masks. As there is some time needed for the masks to dry enough to finish, we may take also take a look at a variety of other leatherworking tools and their use.

Sign up now!

By Jonathan | 03 January 2011 | interest based classes | | 7 Comments   

Automatypewriter

Preview videos of Jonathan Guberman’s Automatypewriter have swept the web (Boing Boing, Slashdot, Design Boom). From Jonathan’s own description at his site, Up Not North:

Introducing the Automatypewriter, a new way to experience interactive fiction! A typewriter that can type on its own, as well as detect what you type on it. By reading what it types to you and responding, it can be used interactively to play a game or participate in a story (in this case, Zork).

This very cool device was created here at the Site 3 Colaboratory. Combined the solid physical mechanisms and digital conventions and content creates an experience that’s great fun to experience.

There’s much more planned both in hardware and software/content. Jonathan’s currently working on a second typewriter. Incorporating the lessons of the initial build and upgrading to a beautiful old Oliver typewriter that’s engineered like a military hardware.

The hardware is designed as a platform for a new text adventure game being created by Toronto novelist Jim Munroe. So 2011 promises much with the exciting unveiling of the complete Automatypewriter experience.

By Patrick | 29 December 2010 | Featured,news | | 0 Comments   
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