Three makers from the community are here to share their joy of making with a group of young people this Saturday at the Museum of Vancouver. Each of the three groups will make a collaborative project to be exhibited at this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
The event is scheduled to happen on Saturday, June 16th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Museum of Vancouver. Interested in participating? Register now, through Eventbrite. See below for details about our Makers turned mentors and their three amazing workshops.
Kim’s team will work together to create the biggest, most hideous, ugliest doll yet to be birthed at a Mighty Ugly workshop. Participants will utilize a wide variety of materials, from cloth and chicken wire, to cardboard and yarn, and use their collective definition of ugly to create something truly unique to disgust the crowds at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2012, and to spark a conversation about what’s good-looking and what’s a failure, and about how these definitions affect our approach to being creative.
Kim Werker runs a project called Mighty Ugly, exploring what failure is when it comes to creativity and challenging people to embrace that idea of failure so it doesn’t get in the way anymore. And there’s ugly crafts involved. Kim is an editor, blogger, and author of six crochet books who lives in Vancouver with one adult, one toddler and a mutt.
Workshop Two: Make your own Infrared LED Pen to control Virtual Graffiti with Graffiti Research Lab Canada
Graffiti Research Lab Canada is part of the international federation of GRL’s. Their mission is “to outfit graffiti writers, street artists, and political activists with open source technologies for urban communication.”
Come learn the basics of physical hacking, basic electronics, and creative code to make digital graffiti. They will be modifying an empty spray paint can into an infrared pen, creating and soldering a simple circuit, and will learn to program a simple drawing program that people can control with spray cans.
GRL is an agent for technology enabling, media democratization, and cultural bridging opportunities. Working within a milieu of educators, programmers, hacktavists, audio-visualists, and critical theorists, GRL focuses on the thresholds of street culture and is an active participant in the micro-struggles taking place within media ecologies. GRL is situated within the fields of tactical media, art terrorism, public intervention, Digital/DIY culture, and protest art.
Jesse Scott creates and exhibits work in the genre formerly known as new media. Under various aliases and operating within several artist collectives, he produces work for live performance, for site-specific actions, for listening, for viewing, for reading… his work has spanned the domains of a/v performance, locative media, telematics, improvisational practice, urban projection, installation design, public workshops, and the written word.
Linzee is pairing up with Public Dreams to host an amazing lantern making workshop. Inspired by the MOV’s Neon Ugly exhibit, her team will make paper and PVC lanterns lit with LED lights – re-creating new interpretations of Vancouver historic street signs. These lanterns will then go on to wow the crowds not only at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, but also at this year’s Illuminares Lantern Festival hosted by Public Dreams July 30 @ Trout Lake.
The Bright Red Crayon is a DIY kids art collective that aims to explore playful & creative interactions between children, local artists and their communities. We encourage kids to explore, invent, try, fail, re-use, share and celebrate their unique ideas, no matter how zany!
They offer community based event services, interdisciplinary workshops and are currently working on educational kits for The Bright Red Crayon’s Young Makers program in association with Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
Linzee Kesler (aka Zee) is a Community Artist & Organizer working out the Dunbar/Point Grey/Mt Pleasant Neighbourhoods. Her personal practice is multidisciplinary, utilizing video, soundscapes, collage & site-specific installations to explore ideas of interconnectivity as well as personal and public space. She draws endless inspiration from her work with young children and loves the idea of art in unexpected places.
Linzee is involved with Vancouver’s Public Dreams Society, as well as the Gropps Gallery Collective. She is a certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, teaches Kids Yoga & in her spare time she enjoys playing the ukelele (and kazoo) loudly (and proudly!)