What a magical place! My first time at Mini Maker Faire was the overwhelming array of sights, sounds and motions that I had hoped for. The Makerverse was a hustling, bustling assault of the senses.
As an early morning volunteer, I headed to the front gate to begin my shift, passing the beginnings of stalls I saw many things that intrigued me: weird shapes protruding, projections screens expanding, messes of criss-crossing wires and circuits, cables being gaffered to the ground and strange objects lifted from boxes. I wanted to explore, but I knew I had to focus on helping out. I spent the morning volunteering at ticketing, where I saw kids buzzing with excitement; jumping, squirming and smiling ear to ear. It’s good to see that the Maker movement has captured the hearts of those so young.
When my shift was over, I was finally able to round the door and see what awaited me. Things spun and clicked and rolled and danced before my eyes. There were glowing lights and the whir of a helicopter overhead! Scents emanated from the perfume booth. A long, low, echoing note surprised me from a horn made from a hat. Strings and sculptures dangled. Visual projections warped and altered. Flashes went off from the callotype booth. Here I was, surrounded by making. I felt immersed in the joy of creation and sharing, and I too started to buzz with inspiration. If you are heading to Mini Maker Faire today, here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect to find.
Did you notice all the making going on at yesterday’s busy Car Free Events around the city? There were plenty of opportunities for kids to try their hands, as well as makers demonstrating their crafts right before our eyes. Here’s what I spotted:
Felt ball making outside our sponsor Plush on Main
Button making outside Regional Assembly of Text
Jesse Toso chainsaw carving
If you missed out, make sure you get along to Mini Maker Faire this weekend to see more making than you’ve ever dreamt of!
Our Social Fabric is a non-profit dedicated to textiles recycling and re-manufacturing. They help to divert the staggering amount of unused textiles that flood our landfills. They have monthly sales of these off-cuts and castaway fabrics which is a true delight for any crafter. Pause for cell phone panorama of their last sale:
Not pictured: me leaving with two giant bolts of fabric and other bits for just over $50; ridiculous.
To the point… This Saturday, they are holding a Vintage Fashion show at the Rickshaw Theatre to raise funds for their venture.
This event seems like a great excuse whip out that retro outfit and enjoy an evening of live entertainment. Six vintage clothing stores, each representing a different era and theme, will strut their stuff on the catwalk in a friendly competition judged by the audience. If you’re one of those audience members your outfit might just win you VIP passes to Eco-Fashion Week too. Live music from Juno Award winning Moka Only and local band Prisoners will then kick the evening into high-gear afterwards.