Paterson artist RoByn Thompson sparks the imagination at the Maker Faire | Paterson Times

Paterson artist RoByn Thompson sparks the imagination at the Maker Faire


A helmet called the Dream-O-Matic 3000, designed to allow a person to project their dreams onto a flat surface like a screen or a wall, was unveiled at the World’s Maker Faire by local artist RoByn Thompson.

Thompson sparked the imagination of the more than 145,000 attendees at the festival that took place at the New York Hall of Science this past weekend to celebrate the maker movement. Her booth displayed a non-working Dream-O-Matic 3000 mounted on a plastic spaghetti strainer with glowing white and green LED lights, toy projector, and an old television antenna intentionally placed on top of the helmet to ignite the imagination of attendees at the festival that is devoted to invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Visitors took part in designing a device or a piece of technology that would make their dreams visible to others. Thompson said dozens of participants of all ages made plans and schematics for their devices.

The local artist also presented her Dream Exchange that allowed faire attendees to write down a dream, place it in an envelope, and then store it in the Dream Repository. Others then by chance selected a dream to illustrate or interpret it.

Thompson’s projects are part of her Sweet Dreams Suite that came about after she had difficulty remembering her own dreams. She settled on vicariously dreaming through the dreams of others. The artist is hoping to display her Dream-O-Matic 3000 and the Dream Exchange at other festivals and art related events. She can be contacted through her website: robynthompsonart.com.

  • Michelle S

    Way to go Robyn!