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Weekly Maker Meetup Update


The Weekly Maker Meetups have settled in nicely at Watershed PDX.  Make it here! Have some projects you’d like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere?

Unfamiliar with the Weekly Wednesday Maker Meetups? They’re a make it here event, where people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are invited to work on projects and brainstorm ideas in a safe, supportive, creative atmosphere.

We will supply internet and a space to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers of all stripes, techies and non-techies alike. We’ll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! We hope to provide an environment conducive to collaboration, project design, and creation.

The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for you to build a network with people of varied skills and serve as an incubator for interesting collaborations of all kinds.

Who should attend? Everyone! From the completely curious, inexperienced beginner, hobbyists, formally educated/ trained professionals.

What sort of projects have people worked on? Sharing a passion and sampling of homebaked bread, tech that would enable the creation of a marauder’s map, origami, large scale art projects for SOAK, an introduction to hardware, pinball machine repair, and creepy doll modifications.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, whether your craft is handmade products, designs, or experiences, we hope you’ll join us! Our next meetup is Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:30-9pm at Watershed (5040 SE Milwaukie Ave).

Important things to note:

  • There will NOT be a meetup on 9 March 2016.
  • By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project and that you will follow the Code of Conduct and be awesome to each other.

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Heads up!

Our normally scheduled Maker Meetup will be on hold for the holidays on November 23rd.

We’ll be back to our weekly Wednesday shenanigans starting December 2nd.

See you then!

For more information about this event please click here or view the posting on Calagator.



Feeling like making something festive? Try pumpkin pie playdough from 2 Big, 2 Little!

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Weekly Maker Meetups!

That’s right folks, the Maker Meetups are now meeting on a weekly basis!

Starting September 2015, we’ll meet every Wednesday at our brand new home Watershed PDX!

We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We’ll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

When: Every Wednesday, 6-9pm

Where: Watershed PDX, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202, US (map)

Important things to note:

There will be a sign-in sheet at the door that everyone needs to fill out before entering the meetup space.

By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct and be awesome to each other.

Hope to see you there!

Code of Conduct


A primary goal of Cacophonous Creations is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, I am committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines the expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

I invite all participants to help create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Open Culture Citizenship

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open culture citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist, and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
  • Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording. This includes, but is not limited to, taking photos or recordings of any kind without explicit consent.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible. [Contact].

Additionally, community organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.


We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

 License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Portions of text dervied from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy.

Posted 2 September 2015.

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Starlight Parade Inspiration

Looking to add lighting effects to your shoes? Check out these easy to follow tutorials by  !




Want to hang out with other creative types, while working your project? Join us from for Crafty Circuits!

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Sorry for the lack of “project of the day” posts! I’ve been busily prepping for this weekend’s awesomeness.

I hope that you’ll be able to join me at the First Annual Interactive Electronic Arts Festival, the Battery Powered Orchestra Workshop!

August 10th and 11th will be filled with workshops, performances, and culminating in a DIY public jam session.

BPOW!!! wants to show Portland that even the simplest circuit configurations can bring forth unprecedented levels of ROCK.

Where: Cymaspace, 4634 NE Garfield Ave

When: August 10th (11am – 10pm) and August 11th, (10am – 10pm)

Click the schedule below for the FB event  page!


If you get there but forgot to buy a ticket in advance, don’t worry! A little bird says that they’ll be available for purchase at the door!



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2 Workshops This Saturday!

Join me for the ChickTech Mid-Summer Picnic!

“Meet and mingle with HS participants, ChickTech volunteers, and women and men excited about getting more girls and women into tech. Families (including children) are welcome.  Please make sure each person is counted in your registration so we have an accurate count!

We’ll also have two fun activities!  The first will be a soldering station, where anyone can learn to solder (or teach others to solder!).  Soldering is a fun and useful skill, and you will love it!  The second will be an activity creating a simple e-textile project (using fabric or felt to create an item that uses a small battery, sensors, and lights/sounds to react to the sensors–here are some more complex examples.  This is going to be a really fun event!  We’re excited, and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate summer, tasty food from Smokehouse 21, and of course women in tech. 🙂

Where: Powell City Park

When: Saturday, 27 July 2013 from 11 – 2:30pm

Cost: FREE!

This is a free event, but please feel free to make a donation to help defray our costs if you are able!  All donations are tax-deductible and help keep our K-12 activities free to participants.


Softronic Saturdays at Lovecraft!

Dreaming of bike gloves that light up to keep you visible at night, or an awesome illuminated costume? Or maybe you’d like to add a bit of extra sparkle to your living room with a glowing throw pillow… Whatever project you have in mind, if you’re curious about the process of integrating electronics into fabric, this workshop is a great place to start.

We’ll spend some hands on time laying out a basic LED circuit and sewing it on to fabric using conductive thread. You’ll learn how to convert standard LEDs (and other electronic components) into sew-able ones, and how to use standard textile fastenings like zippers and snaps to switch your project on and off, plus lots of tips on how to make your project easier and make sure it lasts.

No prior electronics or sewing experience required. Conductive thread and electronic components will be provided.

Please bring:  A bag or garment to modify – please choose something made of a non-stretch fabric.

Cost: Basic materials $5

You can add extra LEDs and supplies for a nominal fee

Since money is tight for many, there’s a pay what you can fee for the cost of the workshop itself.

Where: Lovecraft Bar, 421 SE Grand Ave  Portland, OR 97214 (Look for the red door)

When: Saturday, 27 July 2013 from 4-6pm


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Pre-Playa Clothing Sale and Burner Bazaar!

Burner Bazaar July2013

Details from the FB event page:

Where: Sage Community (2522 SE 35th Ave).

When: 12 noon to 6pm

Prepare for the burn with:

– Playa-ready Clothing Sale, courtesy of the Black Rock Boutique
– Burnery Vendors (Glowies, Blinkies, Art, Costume, Fire Staffs, Poi, Podpoi, Hula Hoops, Stumptown Kilts, & More! Flamebuoyant Productions, Corvid Designwerks, Bridgetown Review and Cacophonous Creations, to name a few)
– BACON S’mores (just sayin) & fire pit
– Music and Dance space
– Silent Auction
– Chill Space
– Fire Performances by JPeace, Jill, and Shireen!

Donations will be accepted and proceeds will help get the Black Rock Boutique to the burn. We’ll also be accepting donations for the Portland Core Project, and SOAK Temple.

Come dressed in your Burnery-Best! As the term “Bazaar” has its roots in Persia, adding a Persian twist ‘twould be entirely appropriate. That or dress up like a marshmallow. You know, whatever.

Links to Vendor Sites:
Bridgetown Revue
Stumptown Kilts
Flamebuoyant Productions
Cacophonous Creations
Corvid Designwerks
Jeanine Comstock Art
Allie’s Diva Do’s
Sarah Taylor (Peaches Erratica)
And More!

Have a lighty uppy idea in mind? I’ll have extra supplies on hand for custom orders!

Come out and support your fellow dusty adventurers, and enjoy the summer outside in the yard!


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