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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!

Polyfloss Factory confirmed!

We are delighted to announce our first confirmed makers, the Polyfloss Factory, who will grace Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire with their vibrant take on plastic recycling.

Like every good funfair we’ll have a candy-floss machine ready to please the crowds at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, but this colourful fluff is not as tasty as it might look… The Polyfloss team have developed an awesome technique for small-scale plastic reprocessing that is based on the same technology which brings us that fluffy funfair favourite.

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Polypropylene plastic (recycling symbol no.5) is ground up, and fed into a heated spinning drum. The plastic granules are pushed to the outside of the drum where they meet a nozzle. The plastic melts, allowing it to flow through the nozzle and then shoot out into the air where it quickly cools. With lots of small nozzles positioned around this rotating drum thousands of wispy strands of plastic are formed in a couple of minutes and the resulting fluff can be scooped out, ready to be molded into new objects, wrapped, melted, knitted, felted or used in a thousand as yet undiscovered ways.

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We’re looking forward to showing off the Polyfloss Factory and finding out what strange creations will be made with this colourful but disappointingly sugar-free material. http://www.thepolyflossfactory.com

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