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!
It was impossible not to fall a little bit in love with WALL-E, the brave wee robot from Disney Pixar’s amazing film. But few of us would dream of going to the lengths of engineer Dale Wood. He has embarked upon a remarkable journey to build a life size model of his favorite Robot.
With incredible attention to detail Dale has incorporated sensors and Arduino programming into the design.
Will you come and meet WALL-E (and Dale), at the Mini Maker Faire?
Today’s post focuses on artist Jenny Dockett , who creates magic with paper and light.
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.
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!
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.
Visitors to Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 7 April may have come across the Craigmillar Arts and Environment Project and their fantastic Future Animation Workshop.
Here’s what they made!
You’ll find more examples of the project’s animation work with children and young people on their YouTube channel.
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/
Create your very own unique cushion or lampshade at Mini Maker Faire with Materialise.
Choose to make a cushion – and they’ll talk through the basics of a sewing machine, how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine, how to pin fabric and sew straight seams. Or decide to make a bespoke lampshade and they’ll show you how to customise a drum lampshade using a wire frame kit.
The workshops are available for booking online now:
Make a Cushion – £10
Make a Lampshade – £10
At the end of the Faire you can then give yourself a big pat on the back as you take home a beautiful cushion to rest your weary head on after a long fun day or a new lampshade to brighten up their home.
The workshops are being run by Materialise, the creative place to sew in Edinburgh – for further information check out their website – http://www.lovematerialise.com/
A 10 foot dinosaur frame could be seen making its mark on the Edinburgh Skyline this morning, as it sat on the crest of Calton Hill drawing curious glances from Easter weekend tourists for a photo call organised to promote the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.
The raptor model was made in Glasgow by MAKLab, Scotland’s first open access Digital Fabrication studio. It will be one of a number of dinosaur models at Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 7th February where MAKLab will host DIY Dinos – a live-build workshop to prepare and build large scale (6ft+) dinosaurs from CNC Cut parts.
They will bring along their pet Raptor and you can help build a ‘T-Rex’ ‘Tricerotops’ and ‘Bronco.’ The workshop also offers visitors the chance to make a small model to take away and to win the large scale models in a prize draw!