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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!

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.

Maker Focus: Remade

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!

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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.

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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.

Workshops at the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

We’re delighted to announce the exciting mix of workshops happening at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. There’s an array of activities on offer, with workshops from makers in a variety of different disciplines. A selection of activities are available to be pre-booked in advance and there’s also loads of activities where you simply drop-in on the day.

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Families book their place to try out some soap making, building their own bird box, making their own accordion book or lampshade. Older makers can create their own silver ring, capacitive sensing arduino or learn how to use a sewing machine.

Or, if you’re just planning to drop-in on the day, don’t miss your chance to make a monster, discover the art of Chinese knotting or craft a parasite!

Tickets are now on sale for bookable workshops – see our workshops page for a full list of the activities on offer and information on how to book.

Getting ready for Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire 2014

Image from 2013 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire    Image from 2013 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

Planning for the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is already well underway and a flurry of activity happened earlier this week.

The Mini Maker Faire core team met up for the first time on Wednesday evening to reflect on this year’s event and start thinking about the proceedings for 2014. The group, a mixture of some of those who were involved last year as well as a couple of new faces, are involved in the process of planning the event including helping to select the makers who will take part. It was great to meet up with everyone to start chatting about ideas and get excited about what we could do to make the 2014 event even better than this year.

Earlier today saw the launch of the call out to those across the maker community – enthusiasts, geeks, tinkerers, engineers and artists. If you build, create or innovate, this could be your chance to showcase your work and meet others who also love to make – we can’t wait to hear from you!

The call runs until 18 December and we’ll be distributing info far and wide during this time. If you’re interested in getting involved, complete the maker application form here.