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1 day to go…

It’s only 1 day to go until Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. Here’s our penultimate countdown image!

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2 days to go…

We continue our Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire countdown with another version of an iconic magazine cover.

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Meet Knot Unknot

Some makers might take an existing tool and adapt it into something recognisable, but different. Knot Unknot is a perfect example of this kind of innovative attitude to making. Knot Unknot is a business run by Madeline Shepherd and includes a project that combines a knitting machine with affordable computing.

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Knitting machines came to market in the 1970s. They are a long device used to knit simple patterns in two colours of wool. Once threaded with wool, simple ‘programs’ could be fed into a reader on one side of the machine. The user would push a shuttle left to right and a line would be knitted. Then back the other way, right to left.

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With each line, the hooks would move, and the two-colour pattern would be revealed. These patterns were limited by the size of the program being fed into the machine, which might be a card with eight repeating lines, or with later models, mylar film with around sixty repeating lines.

Madeline has used an open-source kit by Ayab Knitting which replaces the card reader with an Aduino controlled device. Using this, the pattern being fed into the machine is now effectively endless. And any two-colour picture can be now rendered into wool.

See Madeline and the Knot Unknot knitting machine in action at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April 2016. Get your tickets here!

3 days to go…

We continue our Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire countdown with our take on another iconic magazine cover.

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Meet Joanne Baker and Wear Eco-Art

Joanne Baker introduces her Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire project, Wear Eco-Art.
Drop-in and make at Joanne Baker Jewellery‘s very colourful table in the Dissection Room.  “Wear Eco-Art” will involve three brand new hands-on crafty workshops all in one place. 
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Choose one material or choose all and have a go learning three different life hacks with coloured metal, paper/plastic and yarn.  My table was busy with feverish creativity last year and with this year’s new techniques I expect all ages will want to have a go!
You can meet Joanne and take part in Wear Eco-Art at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire this Sunday 10 April. Book your tickets now!

Meet Hannah Ayre

Hannah Ayre will be at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April. Here she took some time to introduce herself and her work.

I am a participatory artist working with audiences where the boundaries between art, craft, performance and collaboration are blurred.

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Works range from small craft items to large-scale outdoor sculpture, performance and events. My projects often take place in unconventional settings, taking the work out of the gallery and removing some of the barriers to participation.

I have been making for as long as I can remember. Some of my favourite materials and techniques include ceramics, textiles and origami.

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At the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire I look forward to showing you how to make your own badge with my badge making machine.

You can meet Hannah Ayre and make your own badge at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April. Buy tickets here.

5 days to go…

We continue our Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire countdown with our second take on an iconic magazine cover.

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Introducing Freltown

Another Name Studios introduce Freltown, their brand new gaming project.

Freltown is a Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) set in the style of the early Final Fantasy games, which include turn based combat.

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Here at Another Name Studios we strive for enjoyability from our games. We are currently working on our first game Freltown, set the mythical lands of Hendora. Our company was started back in April 2015 when my friend and I were playing a bunch of flash games, creating random characters with a large variety of unique backstories.

Eventually we decided that these characters would be good in a story of their own. We aren’t the best at coding and because of this we needed software that was easier to use. This lead us to making our game in RPG Maker Ace.

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We aim to bring enjoyment to gamers across the world through the means of JRPGs and hope that in the future we will look back on this day as a starting point for our company.

You can meet Another Name Studios at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April. Buy tickets here.

Meet The Dark Bunny

The Dark Bunny is the working name of the Edinburgh based artist and fabricator Christopher Johnson. image (1)

The Dark Bunny provides full sculpture and design services, specialising in unique and imaginative creature and character design, props, prototypes and general special effects work.

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Chris considers himself to be a sculptor, as that is how most of his creations originate. He works digitally as well as in clay, foam, fabric and a variety of other mediums. Alongside working in film, theatre and costume design, he sells a range of original creature busts as well as one of a kind sculptures and wearable objects.

Meet The Dark Bunny at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April. Buy tickets here.

Find out more about The Dark Bunny on his website or keep up with his work on Facebook and Instagram.

Meet Noisy Toys

 

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Noisy Toys is all about having fun experimenting with sound:

  • Workshops that involve creative thinking about science, music, technology and sustainability.
  • Excitingly dangerous stage shows and demonstrations, stand alone, or part of our Interactive Installations.
  • Science busking walkabout acts with our Audio Assault Buggy and Bass Station.

Noisy Toys are bringing their Audio Assault Buggy to the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on 10 April. The Audio Assault Buggy is a mobile Science Busking Buggy loaded with strange and wonderful up-cycled sonic weaponry for you to experiment with. Catch the Audio Assault Buggy as it travels round Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. The Noise Technicians will be testing various objects: noses, ears, bananas, and anything else you can find. Are they really helping people learn about sound, vibrations and circuitry with their hand-made built-from-junk instruments?  Are they engaging people in random noisy creativity for pure scientific experimentation?  Or are they actually conducting sophisticated tests on an unsuspecting public, under the subtle guise of bumbling inept scientists? Who knows…they certainly don’t that’s for sure! It’ll be fun finding out so come and try some experiments- if you can find them. Listen out for Squeaking noses, Zapping slinkys, Screeching junk-violins and Booming Bass Drives.

Come and participate at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on 10 April. Get your tickets here.