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.
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Glasgow based visual artist and maker Fergus Dunnet has created a giant version of the Edinburgh Mini Maker robot which will be stepping out around Summerhall this Sunday for the 2015 Faire.
You can track the puppets progress on Fergus’ blog as he has posted regular updates throughout the robots creation, from creating a prototype to a first look at the big puppet and getting it fully assembled for a test run.
Here are some pictures of the robots first outing at The Meadows earlier today for the Mini Maker Faire press call:
Fergus will be attending the 2015 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire to show off the puppet and talk about his work. The event runs from 10am-5pm on Sunday 19 April and tickets are available now.
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…
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.
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.
Just as we were starting to think we couldn’t get any more excited about the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, we can now reveal our fantastic speaker programme! Featuring makers and experts from the across the creative industries, these fun and informative events are a perfect place to pick up some crafty inspiration and advice.
Here is a whistle stop tour of some of the day’s highlights…
Creative Edinburgh and Make Works have curated a series of quick fire Talking Heads events. Six exciting guests will discuss their work for 15 minutes before the floor is opened to the audience for questions.
Chris Hewell, founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, will host a workshop and skill building event at 10.30. Chris will demonstrate the community service his initiative provides: loaning basic tools, giving expert advice and practical demonstrations whilst providing employment and employability training for young people.
At 12.00, Gunnar Groves-Raine of the Edinburgh based, award winning architecture and design studio GRAS, will present Making Connections, a programme aiming to create meaningful connections between young creatives and audiences in the UK and South Africa.
Following this at 13.30 we welcome the Dundee Research Studio, a group of researchers, tutors, PHD students and designers based in the University of Dundee, who are investigating the potential of Interactive Newsprint. This innovative and playful new technology could become a revolutionary way of telling news stories or distributing information to local communities.
Later in the afternoon at 15.00, Sarah Drummond will introduce Scotland’s first ever Cyclehack, a weekend in June where designers, developers, makers and people who move across the cities in different ways, all work together to create hacks that can improve city cycling.
Finally, join visual artist Ewan Sinclair at 16.30. He will be talking about his creative work with 3D scanning and all manner of digital technologies, including a DIY mobile cinema and constructed neo-medieval projector wielding knights.
All these events are taking place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall and are included in the Mini Maker Faire entrance price (£3) – there is no need to book, just turn up on the day!
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Today’s maker focus features the innovative digital media collective Codasign.
The Codasign team includes scientists, designers, media experts, musicians, technicians and games designers, brought together by a belief that digital technologies are as creative a medium as paint and canvas. In their London Studio, they welcome both children and adults to get creative with technology by making music, creating visual art and having fun through experimentation. They specialise in using open source tools such as Processing, Arduino, Scratch and MaKey MaKey.
In the first workshop Codasign are presenting at the Mini Maker Faire, children over five can learn how to make an interactive digital puppet. They will be taught to use the innovative animation and storytelling software, Scratch and MaKey MaKey, the 21st century invention kit.
Adults can get in on the fun too in Codasign’s Capacitive Sensing Arduino workshop. You can learn how to control sounds or light with a wave of your hand with Arduino and Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint! There are limited spaces available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The collective will also be hosting an all day drop in robot badge making workshop!
We’re delighted to announce the exciting mix of workshops happening at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. There’s an array of activities on offer, with workshops from makers in a variety of different disciplines. A selection of activities are available to be pre-booked in advance and there’s also loads of activities where you simply drop-in on the day.
Families book their place to try out some soap making, building their own bird box, making their own accordion book or lampshade. Older makers can create their own silver ring, capacitive sensing arduino or learn how to use a sewing machine.
Or, if you’re just planning to drop-in on the day, don’t miss your chance to make a monster, discover the art of Chinese knotting or craft a parasite!
Tickets are now on sale for bookable workshops – see our workshops page for a full list of the activities on offer and information on how to book.
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Roll up and decorate a Mexican sugar skull. Get creative with this sugary sweet workshop – inspired by day of the dead.
Maker Mahala Le May is bringing her Sugar Sugar Skulls to Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire as a hands on workshop which encourages people to explore pattern and colour as they decorate their own sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are exactly as they sound – skull-shaped sugar – by far the most popular symbol of the Day of the Dead, the skulls are given as gifts to the living and the dead.
Mahala is a designer who creates fantastical eating experiences that engage, surprise and promote social exchange. By modifying spaces, utensils and edibles, she delivers bespoke events of many shapes and most sizes, providing a real treat for all who take part.
For more information check out her website – http://www.mahalalemay.co.uk/