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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 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.

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!

Scarlettphotograph courtesy of scarletterskin.com

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.

Leannephotograph courtesy of leannetevansjewellery.com

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.

Mini Maker Faire Speaker Programme

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.

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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 12.00Gunnar 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!

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: Up To Much

Up to Much, aka Sandy Noble, is returning to the Mini Maker Faire with his incredible Polagraph, and this year it is even bigger and better than ever!

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Simply put, a polagraph is a machine that draws a picture using a normal pen, some motors and some string. Inspired by art created by the AS200 drawbot and Harvey Moon’s drawing machine, draftsmen might recognise this as a primitive, gravity assisted pen plotter. An awesome one. It’s called a polargraph because it uses a dual-polar coordinates system internally, rather than the regular cartesian system we (and computer systems) tend to use.

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Sandy runs a very small company called Up To Much that he uses to bring some of my designs to market. He likes machines and mechanisms, furniture and using modern industrial magic to create bespoke technology for individuals.

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Don’t the chance to check out Sandy’s new, HUGE, polagraph and some of the breathtaking artwork it creates!

Maker Focus: Illuminating Geometry

Today’s post focuses on artist Jenny Dockett , who creates magic with paper and light.

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Using a variety of recycled papers, card and material; she builds complex icosahedron lanterns and fills them with LEDs. Mesmerising effects are achieved by the light passing through different thicknesses and colours of the papers.

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These solid shapes have been known since ancient times and were described in some detail by Pythagorus, Theatetus, and Euclid. Plato assigned each shape to one of the four classical elements. The cube represented Earth, the octahedron air, the icosahedron water and the tetrahedron fire. But what of the dodecahedron? Plato said it “was used by the god for arranging the constellations in the whole heaven”.

Jenny will be creating an illuminating geometry room at the Mini Maker Faire – we can wait!

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Maker Focus: Wudwerx

Today’s focus is Wudwerx, a small company on a mission to give nature a helping hand. From their Edinburgh studio, the team builds homes for garden birds, hedgehogs, bees and bats. Each one is thoughtfully designed to create a safe and cosy space while looking beautiful in your garden.

Wudwerx 1Unfortunately many of Britain’s garden birds are in decline, due in part to diminishing appropriate habitat. However, there is a lot you can do to help birds by providing suitable space and shelter. Luckily, Wudwerx will be leading a bird box building workshop at this year’s Mini Maker Faire. The whole family can learn to make a classic wooden birdhouse, perfect for hanging in the garden!

You can book your place on the workshop here.