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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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!
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.
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.
Don’t the chance to check out Sandy’s new, HUGE, polagraph and some of the breathtaking artwork it creates!
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!
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.
Whoever said soap was boring, obviously never met Granny Sally!
Granny Sally’s stall at Edinburgh’s Mini Maker Faire in 2013 (Photography by Chris Scott, www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdonia)
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.
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.
Unfortunately 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.
What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or with a woolly jumper that’s full of holes?
Toss it? No way! Bring it along to the Repair Café at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.
Brought to you by Glasgow’s MAKLab, designers, crafters and people who make and fix stuff will be ready and waiting to make your object good as new or find it a whole new purpose. They’ll even talk you through how they did it.
Any broken, badly-designed or malfunctioning object is welcome, but how about…
- Electronics and small electrical items – headphones, speakers etc.
- Clothes – knitted, or for darning or patching
- Household items and gadgets
The Café will be open all day. No need to pre-book, just grab a seat and see what MAKLab’s makers can create!
Find out more about MAKLab at maklab.co.uk.
The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place at Summerhall on Sunday 7 April from 10am-5pm. Tickets cost just £2.50 and under 5s go free.
Book online at sciencefestival.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 557 2686.
Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival which runs from 23 March – 7 April 2013.
Discover the unique sound creations of artist and musician Sarah Kenchington.
As well as taking part in the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, Sarah will appear at the Mini Maker Faire Afterparty on the evening of Sunday 7 April, celebrating a successful day of making and the end of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Tickets for both these events are available now. Visit sciencefestival.co.uk for more details and to book, or call the box office on 0844 557 2686.
On Another Note from Keiba Clubb on Vimeo.
Visitors to the Mini Maker Faire will have the rare opportunity to experience one of the world’s earliest music machines – an original working Edison phonograph.
Photo: Gordon Rutter
Photo: Elin Roberts
This amazing machine was first designed by Thomas Edison in 1877. While he was not the first to come up with a sound recorder, his was the first device that could also play the recorded sound back.
Composer and sound engineer Sarah Angliss and artist Colin Uttley will be performing live demonstrations on the phonograph and you’ll also have the chance to try it out for yourself.
Photo: Elin Roberts
Tickets for the Mini Maker Faire are now on sale. Click here to book.
The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from 23 March – 7 April.
Browse and book online at sciencefestival.co.uk or call the booking hotline on 0844 557 2686.
At the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire you’ll have the chance to experience the cutting-edge of music with digital makers Dirty Electronics. Join designer John Richards for a half-day workshop to build your own version of the Mutesynth II (dotmatrix), a hand-held synth with visual display.
The instrument features a noise generator, feedback and oscillation, wave shaping and a sequencer with internal and external clock control.
At its core is a versatile mini patchbay that provides expansion and modification permutations and a grid-like visual representation of patched parameters. The patchbay encourages playfulness and a particular interaction with the instrument.
The printed circuit board artwork features multiple electrodes in the form of small grid-like squares that provide a labyrinth of possible connections and resulting behaviours. Different sequences and visual patterns are created through hybrid 4-bit binary coding, feedback and distortion.
The full version of the Mutesynth II will be released by Mute Records later this year.
Further details and booking information will be available on announcement of the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire programme.
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