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Some pictures from the 2016 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

We had a fantastic time at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April and were delighted to be joined by a marvellous mix of makers and over 1,500 visitors.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Want to see more? Check out our online media gallery to view more photos from the day.

The Re-make | Re-do | Re-wear project by Kalopsia Collective

Appearing at the 2015 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, Re-make | Re-do | Re-wear is a project that gives clothing and textiles a new life through embellishment, re-design and re-construction. It will feature a mini production line formed of designers and makers from Kalopsia Collective.

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You can get involved too! Simply bring a long something old (a garment, bag, or other textile item) that’s looking a bit unloved and could do with a makeover. Then had over your item for a ‘service’, you get a receipt to take away while it’s being processed and you can then come back to claim your newly transformed item later in the day!

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The project aims to breathe new life into and add new value to peoples unwanted textiles and promote ideas about circular economy and closed loop textiles design.

The 2015 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire runs from 10am-5pm on Sunday 19 April – tickets are available now.

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!

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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.

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.

Edinburgh Tool Library

For many makers, the cost of equipment can really limit the scope of their projects. Across North America and parts of Europe, community tool banks have been popular for years .They allow creatives to realise the full potential of their imaginations by lending a range of kit and providing the expertise and support to use them.

Earlier this year Chris Hellawell launched the Edinburgh Tool Library, the first of its kind in the UK. ETL loans basic tools, offers expert advice and demonstrations, and provides employability training for young people in the city.

Come and meet Chris and the team at the Mini Maker Faire, learn about the services on offer and even offer your own expertise. The Edinburgh Tool Library provides the resources letting you dream big!

Maker Focus: Remade

There is a brave band of superheroes in Edinburgh, helping to make life better with their tool kits and handy skills. Remade is a community-led initiative with a helpful reuse and repair centre in the city. They want everyone to get involved in their mission to reduce waste by up-cycling, re-using and repairing. Fighting against a culture of cheap, disposable items they want to create a zero waste Edinburgh!

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You drop in to one of their Remade sessions at the Guthrie Street studio. The friendly bunch will welcome you in for tea and biscuits while they take a look at your repair job and help you fix it!

Join their Mini Maker Faire workshop to learn how to make your very own book, bound with recycled materials! Find out more and book tickets here.

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Maker Focus: Granny Sally’s Soap Kitchen

Whoever said soap was boring, obviously never met Granny Sally!

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The focus of today’s blog are the quirky, creative, soapy geniuses behind Granny Sally’s Soap Kitchen and Candle Emporium. This family run business specialises in soaps, scrubs, skincare and candles that look and smell delicious. Who could resist a cupcake soap that looks good enough to eat or a candle in a teacup? Not only that, but Granny’s team hand make all their products in Edinburgh and are passionate about using only natural fruit and vegetable based ingredients, making their range for sensitive skins.

This year they are hosting workshops in Granny’s  all new Soap Lab! Learn to make candles or soap using traditional techniques and tricks of the trade. Suitable for makers aged 5 and up.