It’s a haven for handmade! A casa for craft! Got Craft? has gone bite sized for the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire with a specially curated section of the cutest, quirkiest and craftiest handmade goods you ever laid eyes on.
The toast of Vancouver’s indie craft scene, Got Craft? is a twist on your grandmother’s craft fair that aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture. Amongst the techies and tinker-ers at Maker Faire, the mini Got Craft? will feature a collection of 30 artists, crafters and foodies plus a DIY terrarium workshop hosted by Green with Envy (registration required).
Choose favourites? I could never. But here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the delights that await your visit…
Handcrafted cheese kits for making cheese at home (Make Cheese Inc.)
Hand-drawn colouring activities for kids (Draw me a Lion)
Charming handmade rings (Little Wren Designs)
Hand-drawn city maps (Forest and Waves)
Hand-stitched leather wallets (Hand and Sew)
Excited yet? I sure am. Be sure to keep your eye on the blog this week as we introduce you to some of the loveliest (and sweetest) Got Craft? vendors from this talented local roster. (Do you have your tickets yet?)
Roxypop | Firefly Notes | Make Cheese Inc. | Forest and Waves | Cowl & Company | Delish General Store | type B | District Dogs Design | Craftworks Society | Kohana Jewellery | Little Wren Designs | Hand and Sew | Sarah Mulder Art & Jewelry | Abeego | Raven’s Rest Studio | Draw Me a Lion | Element Botanicals | Frankenstrap | Blue Spoons Paper Products | Sassy Contessa | LanaBetty | Sasha Eillenna Jewelry | Locomotive Clothing | Queen Bee Luxuries | Endure Upcycled Designs | [in the oven] | Urge Chocolates | My Secret Cravings | Green with Envy
About Got Craft?
Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, growing strong since 2007 with annual shows in May and December and an average attendance of almost 6000 people. For more about Got Craft? check out our interview with Andrea, preview upcoming events on their website, follow their Facebook page and meet them at Maker Faire.
Vancouver’s biggest show and tell is happening June 1-2, and early-bird tickets are on sale through the end of April!
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire will feature more than 100 makers who will demonstrate skills such as puppetry, electronics, computer hacking, music-making, quilting, farming and virtual reality. It’s where art meets science, craft meets utility, and farmer’s market meets backyard forum.
If you’re in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island or the Fraser Valley, we encourage you to plan to spend at least one entire day, if not the whole weekend, at this event showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of people and groups from all over the area.
Weekend passes are $20 for adults, $14 for students and $10 for children. So grab one for you and your family to take part in the city’s biggest skill swap!
And, if you want to help make the event happen, volunteer signup is open too.
“There’s something for everybody at a Maker Faire,” says VMMF Creative Director Emily Smith (pictured above). “It brings together all of the local community groups to share what they are doing, while immersed in a spectacle of fun and excitement.”
See you all at the Faire!
Image Credit: jeanie.stu-dio.com
New for 2013: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is teaming up with Got Craft? to create a specially curated crafting section at the event.
What is Got Craft?
Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture by supporting like-minded events such as DIY @ Museum of Vancouver, the Austin, TX and Vancouver Premiere of Handmade Nation, Swap-O-Rama-Rama 2009 and 2010, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and the Sweetie Pie Press 2011 Summer Craft Tour. We wanted to curate a boutique event to showcase some of our favourite handmade artists and provide Vancouver the opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods and meet the makers in person to talk about their creative processes.
Want to participate in this opportunity?
Don’t delay, apply now.
Calling all tech-tinkerers, crafters, performers, giant robots, musicians and beyond! The deadline for our Call For Makers is quickly approaching, and will be closing on March 25th. Have a project to share? Don’t delay, sign up now. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is a community-run event aimed at bringing together Makers, Doers, and Creatives for a weekend of sharing knowledge, inspiring each other, exhibiting projects, and community building. It showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers – anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.
Come on down to the PNE Forum for some fun times! The event will be happening from 10-6 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Scrunch your eyes, and check out all of the Makers that will be packed in to the PNE Forum this weekend. Zut alors!
For those confused about where at the PNE the event will be, it will be located at the corner of Hastings and Renfrew, in the PNE Forum building.
How do I get there?
We encourage you to use alternate transportation. The PNE is easily accessible by public transport and there are bicycle racks located at the corner of Hastings & Renfrew. For more information about getting to the PNE via transit, including fares and schedules, please visit www.translink.bc.ca or call 604-953-3333.
Will there be parking?
If you choose to drive we encourage you to park in one of the PNE’s secure, well-lit lots. For easy access to the PNE’s Forum building, enter the PNE grounds via Gate 2 off Renfrew Street. The daily parking fee is $10 including tax per vehicle. We accept cash, credit and debit for parking payment.
What if it rains?
The show will go on! Bring rain gear to keep you dry when walking outdoors. Fortunately, we will have many indoor exhibits to keep the family dry.
The Young Makers Club at the Museum of Vancouver will be postponed till Fall 2012. Come to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 23 & 24 at the PNE to see some of our current Young Makers. There will also be a sign-up sheet to keep you informed about future Young Makers programs at the Museum of Vancouver.
We are excited about the future possibilities of this youth program and will need your support. If you are inspired to start your own Young Makers Club in your garage, backyard, workshop, or community centre you can find more information at www.youngmakers.org.
Check out what some other communities are doing with their Young Makers Clubs!
Saphira - A fire breathing dragon built by the Central Marin Young Makers Club
All good things must come to an end, and the Call for Makers for Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2012 is no different. We’ve had some excellet Makers apply over the last 10 weeks, and I can’t wait to share some of them with you via this blog!
But it’s time to finalize the planning for the event, and as such Saturday May 19 will mark the end of the Call for Makers. If you’ve been putting off applying, now’s your last chance to get in! So head on over to the Call for Makers page, and fill out one of the application forms.
We’re excited to announce that the Call for Makers for Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2012 is now live! Applications are now open for Individual Makers, Maker Groups, Startup Makers, and Commercial Makers.
Please pass on the news to all the makers, doers, and creatives in the community!
Call for Makers
For makers, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is a community-run event aimed at bringing Vancouver’s Makers, Doers, and Creatives together for a weekend of sharing knowledge, inspiring each other, exhibiting projects, and community building.
For attendees, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is like a science fair meets farmers’ market meets Burning Man (with pants) – for families!
The 2012 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire will be held on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of June at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Early-bird applications from Makers are due by April 21st, and qualify for a 20% discount. Final applications close on May 19th. But don’t delay until the last minute as the earlier applications will help direct how we layout and allocate the space; so the sooner you apply, the more weight your requirements will have on the event and the better we can work to accommodate your needs!
NEW! Short-form Application for all Maker types.
Use this form if you don’t know what you will be showing yet or don’t have time to fill in the detailed application forms below.
Application form for Individual Makers and Maker Groups
Application form for Startup Makers and Commercial Makers
Check out the Call for Makers page for full details. Any questions, or anything else Maker-related, can be directed to the Maker Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.