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CycleHack

CycleHack is an events and training organisation which has grown into a global movement, now happening in over 40 cities around the world. The project brings people together to design solutions to barriers to cycling.

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For the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, they’re rolling out CycleHack Education, a model aimed at young people, giving them the opportunity to try out CycleHacks of their own.

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They’ll be playing with Sugru, laser cutting and card to hack bikes and street furniture to make it easier for people to cycle. When the hacks are finished, they will be uploaded to the CycleHack catalogue for everyone to share across the globe.

Bring your bikes, helmets and other biking goods to hack them with CycleHack at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire at Summerhall on Sunday 19 April.

Greenpower Formula 24 – The Bragin’ Fifers Team

One of the makers appearing at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, Formula 24 introduces young people to key aspects within engineering, mechanics, design/technology, science and greenpower through the building of a single seater battery powered racing car.

The project works with young people in both F24 (11–16 years old) and F24+ (16-25 years old) categories. Participants gain confidence and skills as they have the opportunity to develop new skills that many young people may not ordinarily have the chance to try their hand at.

The programme provides participants with an innovate and unique insight into engineering, mechanics, science and green power in a fun and interactive way and offers progression routes for those who want to develop their skills further.

Check out some pictures of the project below:

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If you’d like to meet the team and learn more about the project head along to this years Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 19 Aprilclick here to get tickets.

Introducing Omnishambles

We’re really excited about all the amazing makers who are getting in touch, so we wanted to share another of the latest applications. This one, from bonkers local makers Omnishambles, looks like it’s going to fit right in!

Omnishambles create handmade art, props, curiosities and pretty things to wear: a fusion of the ultra-modern and retro, with a little steam punk madness and urban magic.

Their most recent project? Have a look at these wacky and wonderful ukuleles they’ve been working on:

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We can’t wait to see them at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 19 April 2015.

Remember the deadline for maker submissions is Sunday 1 February so there’s still time to get in touch if you’d like to be a part of it.

Calling all crafters, innovators, tinkerers, tailors and geeks – We’ve launched our call for makers for 2015!

The 2015 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place on Sunday 19 April and we’re looking for people who love to make things to take part in this amazing annual celebration of creativity in all its forms.

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We’d like to see puppets, 3D printing, taxidermy, circuit bending, inventions, science experiments, virtual Minecraft worlds, gadgets, hardware, software, knitwear and food. Whatever you make we’re interested and this is the perfect opportunity to share your work with a huge variety of people, generate new ideas and make new connections.

Simply click on the ‘Makers Apply Here’ button above to register your interest in taking part.

Photos from the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

The 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 20 April was a great success, bringing together makers, crafters, tinkerers, innovators and enthusiasts from across the maker community.

Here’s a few photos of what went on…

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Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a great day!

To see some more photos from the event check out our Flickr album here.

The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is tomorrow!

Preparations are well underway at Summerhall for the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire! Here are a few photos of last year’s event to whet your appetite…

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Come on down to Summerhall tomorrow from 10am-5pm, we promise it’s going to be even bigger and better than last year!

Summerhall

We are delighted to bring the Mini Maker Faire back to Summerhall. In fact, we had such a great time in the venue last year it’s become the Festival hub for 2014! The former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Summerhall now offers a creative hub for the arts with studio, workshop, exhibition and performance spaces.

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In addition to all the fantastic makers, workshop and demonstrations featured in the Faire programme, many of the venue’s permanent attractions will be open for you to explore too.

Barney’s Beer is brewed on the site of the original 1800s Summerhall brewer – and is available to drink in the Royal Dick, Summerhall’s onsite bar!

Edinburgh Hacklab is part of the worldwide movement of Hackerspaces – shared spaces for people who mess around with technology for fun – calls Summerhall home too. In this shared space, they provide access to better facilities than we could each have at home, as well as opportunities to collaborate, learn, and socialise.

Edinburgh’s first gin distillery in over 150 years can also be found in Summerhall, where small batches of hand crafted, beautifully balanced, marvelously mixed Pickering’s Gin are produced.

And once you’ve managed to see and do all the crafty delights on offer, sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and a homemade cake in the Summerhall cafe, which serves homemade hot and cold food all day as well as great coffee. There is also a children’s menu and play area to keep your little ones happy too.

Science at the HeART of Summerhall

Throughout the Science Festival, Summerhall has hosted the Sci-Art Trail, a series of exhibitions and installations showcasing the work of artists who are inspired by science in some shape or form. The artwork is spread throughout Summerhall’s gallery spaces, here are a just a few highlights…

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The Noisy Table by Will Nash (pictured above) is a tennis table with a difference. Programmed with a library of digital instruments and samples, it transforms vibrations into sounds which are broadcast live back into the game!

Tim Vincent Smith’s Interactive Harmonographs combine simple harmonic motions of varying frequencies to make images or ‘harmonographics’. Get hands on with the artwork and discover the parallel harmony of music 2D art.
Last year’s Mini Maker Faire exhibitors Botanica Mathematica are showcasing their Binary Bonsai Specimen Collection, small textile trees which split in two and have a knitting ‘recipe’ as their genetic code.

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And Helen Storey’s stunning Dress of Glass and Flame (above) will be lit for the last time on the night of the Mini Maker Faire, available to view from 5pm.

Photography by Chris Scott, www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdonia

 

Maker Focus: Taste of Jewellery

Scottish Jewellers Leanne Evans and Scarlett Erskine are presenting a ‘create your own silver ring workshop‘ at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. They will teach you the basic skills of jewellery making while you make your very own silver ring to take home!

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Scarlett takes inspiration from the skin, highlighting the beauty contained within the detailed structures of skin cells and the textures of the skin. Using various techniques she works with precious metals to create contrasting textures. She aims to engage with the wearer by heightening their sense of touch.

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Leanne creates a distinctive range of geometric, silver pieces inlaid with precious and semi precious stones. She is fascinated by people’s minds and personalities, by what makes you, you! Her newest collection, entitled ‘Edges,’ takes inspiration from strong, bold individuals which in turn took imagery from the strong lines and forms found in rocks and minerals.

Only six days to go!

Only six days to go until Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire 2014 – we can’t wait!

Book your tickets and workshops here.