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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We’re really excited about all the amazing makers who are getting in touch, so we wanted to share another of the latest applications. This one, from bonkers local makers Omnishambles, looks like it’s going to fit right in!
Omnishambles create handmade art, props, curiosities and pretty things to wear: a fusion of the ultra-modern and retro, with a little steam punk madness and urban magic.
Their most recent project? Have a look at these wacky and wonderful ukuleles they’ve been working on:
We can’t wait to see them at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 19 April 2015.
Remember the deadline for maker submissions is Sunday 1 February so there’s still time to get in touch if you’d like to be a part of it.
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.
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.
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.
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!
photograph 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.
photograph 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.
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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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!
Jeweller and artist Joanne Baker is the focus of today’s Maker blog. Based in Edinburgh, Joanne has a unique approach to creating jewellery, bringing together unusually elements to create something rather special. Inspired by the urban landscape, her brooches, necklaces and earrings are bright, tactile pieces of waerable artwork. Describing her creative process she says: “I love experimenting with new materials and incorporating them into my work – resin, textiles, and lately wood and Iona marble.”
Join her Mini Maker Faire workshop to discover the world of felting. Using soft merino wool, you can learn to create a colourful, tactile percussion toy. Oh and things are going to get a bit soapy, so don’t forget your apron and a towel!